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.

Program Objectives

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

Fellowship Experience

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.

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Current Fellows Class (2019-2020)

Cara Berkowitz

Vice President, Government Relations & Policy

EmblemHealth Services

Toby Dodd

President, New York Tri-State

Cushman & Wakefield

Adrienne Filipov

Chief Human Resources Officer

Warburg Pincus LLC

Harris Fischman


Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Linda Forish

Chief Operating Officer

Paulson & Co.

Ashley S. Gregory


Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Emily D. Johnson


Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

David Kestnbaum

Managing Director


Matthew Ketschke

Senior Vice President, Customer Energy Solutions

Consolidated Edison

Joshua King

Chief Communications Officer

Intercontinental Exchange

Justin Lambert

Chief Operating Officer

Nomad Health

Nirel Levi


32 Ventures

Doreen Lilienfeld


Shearman & Sterling LLP

Sam Mandel

Senior Vice President


Sarah McAvoy

Executive Vice President and Treasurer

CIT Group Inc.

Heather L. Nesle

President, New York Life Foundation

and Vice President, New York Life Insurance

Andrea Newborn

Executive Vice President, General Counsel

and Corporate Secretary, ABM Industries Inc.

Maeve O’Connor


Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Daniel Osnoss

Senior Managing Director

Centerbridge Partners

Jeanny Pak

Managing Director


Michelle Sartain

FINPRO Practice Leader, US/Canada

Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.

Brad Silver


PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP

Deborah Snyder

Managing Director, New York Metro


Jennifer Strybel

Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer


Alicia Tillman

Global Chief Marketing Officer


Dina Traugot

Vice President, Group General Counsel

The Travelers Companies, Inc.

Heather Ziegler

Stamford Managing Partner