David Rockefeller Fellows
Providing business leaders with a unique opportunity to better understand New York City and take a more active role in shaping the city’s future.
Since 1988, the David Rockefeller Fellows Program has been preparing senior corporate executives for more active leadership in civic and public affairs, following the model of the Partnership’s founding chairman:
- Enhance business and civic leadership skills
- Facilitate access to the knowledge and networks necessary to forge effective public-private partnerships
- Establish relationships between leaders in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors
- Develop an alumni network that will support the Partnership’s policy and program objectives
During the 12-month program, fellows meet with leaders in the public and private sectors through a series of meetings, site visits, and tours that are held two to three times per month.
Public Sector Leaders
Meet with key government officials and heads of important nonprofit institutions to learn about their work and the issues they are dealing with. Participants gain a new appreciation for the complexity and challenges of managing public agencies. They hear about issues from many perspectives—legislators, labor leaders, journalists, civic activists, and academics.
Private Sector Leaders
Meet in intimate settings with global business leaders, who share their insights on industry trends, management practices, and the value of civic engagement.
Attend Site Visits
Gain a first-hand view of the city’s nerve centers, including the Command Centers of the NYC Police Department, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and Con Edison. There are insider tours of the World Trade Center; Rikers Island Correctional Facility; public high schools and charter schools; Manhattan Family Court; and several arts and cultural institutions.
Current Fellows Class (2023)
Latham & Watkins LLP
Executive Vice President, Head of Asset Management
Group General Counsel & Head of Civic Engagement
The Travelers Companies, Inc.
Head of Communications and Marketing
Warburg Pincus LLC
Shearman & Sterling, LLP
Vice President, Engagement Management
Senior Managing Director, Capital Markets Group
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
Senior Managing Director, Head of Rockefeller Center
Vice Chairman and Co-Head of New York Capital Markets
Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Senior Managing Director
Senior Vice President, Customer Operations
Senior Managing Director
Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.
New York Metro Office Managing Director; Northeast Lead: Communications, Media, & Technology
Kate Pilcher Ciafone
Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Investment Banking
Moelis & Company
Senior Vice President, Deputy Chief People Officer
First Republic Bank
Chief Communications Officer
Global Consulting Partner and Growth Officer
Chief Investment Officer
SL Green Realty Corp.
Audit & Assurance Partner
Region President Wireline Network Operations-New York Metro
Verizon Communications, Inc.
Executive Vice President, Commercial Solutions
Principal & New York Office Leader
Senior Deputy General Counsel & Executive Vice President