David Rockefeller Fellows

The Fellows program prepares senior executives for more active leadership in civic and public affairs. Since 1989, nearly 600 business leaders have participated in this immersive one-year program where they learn how decisions are made, services delivered, and power is exercised in the nation’s largest and most powerful city.

Program Objectives

Business leaders have a unique opportunity to better understand New York City and take a more active role in shaping the city’s future.

  • 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


“The David Rockefeller Fellows gave me a front-row seat to understanding New York City’s most pressing issues and provided a unique opportunity to partner with other business leaders in supporting and shaping the City’s future.”

Kate Pilcher Ciafone, Chief Operating Officer, Moelis & Company
Class of 2023

Program Year

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

In a typical year, the Fellows meet key government officials and heads of important nonprofit institutions to learn about their work and the challenges they face. 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

Fellows also meet in intimate settings with global business leaders, who share their insights on industry trends, management practices, and the value of civic engagement.

Site Visits

During the year, Fellows gain a first-hand view of the city’s nerve centers, including the Command Centers of the New York City Police Department, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and Con Edison.


“My experience as a David Rockefeller Fellow opened my eyes to the dedication required by our government and civic leaders to run our amazing city. I now have a better understanding of how critical the linkages among the public sector, the private sector, and all New Yorkers are for the city to continue to thrive.”

Yolanda Stancil, Region President Wireline Network Operations-New York Metro, Verizon Communications, Inc.
Class of 2023


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Current Fellows Class (2024)

Ravi Agarwal


Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Nadeen Ayala

Chief Culture & Communications Officer

ABM Industries Inc.

Kara Barnett

Managing Director, Head of Foundation

General Atlantic LLC

Kristen Bitterly

Head of Investments, Citi Global Wealth


Japhet Boutin

Senior Vice President, Head of ZNA Technical Claims

Zurich Insurance Group Ltd

Anne Brennan

Chief Risk Officer

Neuberger Berman

Gabrielle Brussel

Chief Government & Community Relations Officer

JCDecaux North America

Aaron Choo

Vice President Gas Field Operations

National Grid

Sarah Davidoff


Ropes & Gray LLP

Christina DeLay

Head of Small Business Banking & Corporate Social Responsibility

Santander US

Sarah DeWitt

Head of Investor Relations, Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis

Marsh McLennan

Priscilla Fasoro


Covington & Burling LLP

Marisa Gadlin

Senior Vice President, Asset Management, Core Holdings

Rockefeller Group International, Inc.

Jason R. Goldman

Principal Attorney

The Law Offices of Jason Goldman

Abbe Goldstein

Senior Vice President, Investor Relations

The Travelers Companies, Inc.

Claire James


Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Xiao Linda Liu


McKinsey & Company, Inc.

Jennifer Lopez

Vice President of Product Management, Venture Partner

Capital One

Lisa Luk

Chief of Staff to CEO


Jennifer Manchester

Chief Human Resources Officer


Candice Meth


Eisner Advisory Group LLC

Amy Miller

Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel & Secretary

New York Life Insurance Company

Gregory Nehro

General Counsel, Americas

BNY Mellon

Andrew Rosen

Chief Operating Officer of Hudson Yards and Executive Vice President

The Related Companies, L.P.

Melissa Rothchild

Chief Marketing Officer, Group Benefits

The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

Yesenia Scheker

New York Office Managing Partner


Michael Schnitt

Executive Vice President

Vornado Realty Trust

David Sokoler

Portfolio Manager

Standard Investments

Alysia Steinmann

Metro New York Office Managing Partner


Bianca Stoica


Silver Lake

Fara Tabatabai


Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

Anthony Thompson

Senior Vice President, Healthcare Network Strategy

Capital District Physicians' Health Plan

Conor Tochilin

Senior Managing Director

Centerbridge Partners

Craig Waldman


Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Angela Wasunna

Chief Counsel, Corporate Affairs and Privacy

Pfizer Inc.

Jessie Zhu

Head of Investments and Wealth Solutions