Partnership for New York City Announces 2015-2016 Class of David Rockefeller Fellows

October 01, 2015

Annual Program Selects 20 Senior Executives Committed to Corporate Civic Engagement

NEW YORK, NY, – The Partnership for New York City, an organization comprised of the chief executives of the city’s largest private sector employers, today announced the newest class of David Rockefeller Fellows, a group of twenty senior executives selected to participate in a year-long business and civic leadership program.

The 2015-2016 class of Fellows represents a cross-section of industries, including financial services, law, technology, and arts and culture. During the year, Fellows will have the opportunity to learn firsthand how New York City is run from top leaders in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors.

Since its inception in 1989, the David Rockefeller Fellows program has cultivated a community of over 300 business leaders committed to the model of corporate civic engagement exemplified by the Partnership’s founding chairman, David Rockefeller.

“David Rockefeller has inspired generations of New Yorkers to get involved with the city and help make it greater than ever,” said Kathryn Wylde, President and CEO of the Partnership for New York City. “The Fellows are corporate decision-makers who spend a year learning more about how the city works and what they can do to shape its future.”

During the year, Fellows meet with top government and elected officials as well as with key private and civic sector leaders to discuss issues affecting New York City, ranging from technology and arts to infrastructure and media. Fellows also get an exclusive look at the inner workings of the city through site visits and tours that have included: the MTA Command Center, Riker’s Island Correctional Facility, Con Edison Energy Control Center, the Police Commissioner’s Executive Command Row, Manhattan Family Court, and the Department of Sanitation.

The class was selected following a competitive application process. Each Fellow must hold a key leadership position at a New York City-based company, have a demonstrated interest in civic activities, and be nominated by their company’s CEO.

The 2015-2016 class of David Rockefeller Fellows is:

  • Kevin G. Chavers, Managing Director, BlackRock, Inc.
  • Jonathan Durham, Director, Silver Lake
  • Kara Findlay, Director, Global Head of Communications, Perella Weinberg Partners LP
  • Julie Goran, Partner, McKinsey & Company, Inc.
  • Shreya Jani, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Pfizer Inc.
  • Matthew Kaplan, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
  • Jane Levine, SVP, Worldwide Director of Compliance and Business Integrity, Sotheby’s
  • Nancy M. Louden, Senior Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc.
  • Michael Martin, Managing Director, Warburg Pincus LLC
  • Jerome McCluskey, Partner, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
  • Edward McLaughlin, Chief Emerging Payments Officer, MasterCard
  • Gary Meltzer, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP
  • Gabriella Nawi, Senior Vice President, Investor Relations, The Travelers Companies, Inc.
  • Joseph Oates, Senior Vice President, Shared Services & Chairman of the Board, Competitive Energy Business, Con Edison
  • Verdun Perry, Senior Managing Director & Co-Head of Strategic Partners, The Blackstone Group
  • Michael Pikiel, Partner and US Head of Infrastructure, Norton Rose Fulbright
  • James Sabey, President, Avalanche Ventures
  • Joseph Simon, Chief Financial Officer, Moelis & Company
  • Graves Tompkins, Managing Director, General Atlantic LLC
  • Robert Yaffa, Executive Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.

Upon completion of the program, these fellows will join a tremendous group of program alumni that includes John McAvoy, CEO and President of Con Edison; Alicia Glen, New York City Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development; and Bill Mulrow, Secretary to New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo.

For more information about the program and the Fellows, visit


About the Partnership for New York City
The Partnership for New York City ( engages the CEOs of the city’s 200 largest employers in efforts to advance the New York City economy and maintain the city’s position as the center of world commerce, finance and innovation. Through the Partnership Fund for New York City, the Partnership supports promising NYC-based entrepreneurs in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors to create jobs, spur new business and expand opportunities for New Yorkers to participate in the city’s economy.