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.

The David Rockefeller Fellows Program prepares senior corporate executives for more active leadership in civic and public affairs, following the model of the Partnership’s founding chairman.

Program Objectives

  • 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.

Selection Criteria and Nomination Process

Fellows Are:

  • Nominated by CEO member of the Partnership
  • Rising stars in business and potential future CEOs
  • Engaged in the life of their community
  • Representative of the diversity of New York City’s business community

Nomination Timeline:

  • The nomination process begins annually in May
  • Interviews are conducted in July
  • New Fellows are selected in July, and notified mid- to late August
  • Program year begins in October

Current Fellows Class (2018–2019)

  • Jeffrey Bruce
    Deputy Regional Managing Director
    First Republic Bank
  • Amy Cappellazzo
    Chairman, Fine Art Division
    Sotheby's
  • Robert Clemens
    Managing Principal
    STUDIOS Architecture
  • Katherine Daly
    Managing Director of Strategy, Corporate Development
    Global Atlantic Financial Company
  • John Diaz
    Regional Vice President, East Region Corporate Casualty
    Zurich Insurance Group Ltd
  • Dina DiLorenzo
    Chief Operating Officer
    Guggenheim Partners, LLC
  • Michelle Dipp
    Managing Director
    General Atlantic LLC
  • Nata Dvir
    General Business Manager, Beauty
    Macy's, Inc.
  • Snezana Gebauer
    Executive Managing Director & Head of U.S. Investigations & Disputes Practice
    K2 Intelligence
  • Tal Golomb
    Partner
    Fried Frank LLP
  • Khue Hoang
    Partner
    Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
  • Michael Hong
    Partner
    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
  • Susan Kendall
    Head of Investor Relations
    Citigroup Inc.
  • Linda Kirkpatrick
    Executive Vice President, U.S. Market Development
    Mastercard
  • Holly Kulka
    Executive Vice President, Global Chief Compliance Officer and Head of Control
    S&P Global
  • Natalie Lamarque
    Vice President, Corporate Compliance
    New York Life Insurance Company
  • Amy Lissauer
    Managing Director
    Evercore Partners Inc.
  • Chris Manzini
    Managing Director, Corporate and Public Affairs
    Edelman
  • Hillary Menard
    Chief of Staff & Head of Executive and Corporate Development Office
    AXA Equitable Life
  • Josh Novak
    Senior Client Service Partner
    Ernst & Young LLP
  • Maurice Obeid
    Partner
    McKinsey & Company, Inc.
  • Jeffrey Rojek
    Partner
    KPMG LLP
  • Joanna Rose
    Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs
    The Related Companies, L.P.
  • Thomas Sanelli
    Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, NY Division
    Vornado Realty Trust
  • Jean Selden Greene
    Managing Director
    Lazard Ltd
  • Aleta Stampley
    Vice President, Community Affairs, Commercial Bank, Northeast & Louisiana
    Capital One Bank
  • Alyssa Vazquez
    Partner
    Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Jim Wenk
    Executive Managing Director
    Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Roberto Yanez
    President & General Manager
    Univision Communications Inc.

Alumni Network

The David Rockefeller Fellows Program Alumni Group is a staple of the program. The alumni are responsible for maintaining the network and helping to promote the Program to potential Fellows.