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Partnership for New York City Announces 2016-2017 Class of David Rockefeller Fellows

 Annual Program Selects 23 Senior Executives Committed to Corporate Civic Engagement

NEW YORK, NY, October 14, 2016 – The Partnership for New York City, the city’s leading business organization, today announced the newest class of David Rockefeller Fellows, a group of twenty-three senior executives selected to participate in a year-long business and civic leadership program.

The 2016-2017 class of Fellows represents a cross-section of industries, including financial services, law, technology, retail and media. 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 nonprofit sectors. Since its inception in 1989, 362 individuals have participated in the program.

“The Fellows program is designed to ensure that there are successive generations of business executives who are knowledgeable about the city and committed to civic engagement,” stated Kathryn Wylde, President and CEO of the Partnership for New York City.

During the year, Fellows learn about the operations of the agencies and institutions that allow the city to function and the issues that are critical to the city’s future. They participate in private meetings as well as site visits to locations such as the New York Police Department, MTA and Con Edison command centers, and major cultural and educational institutions.

Fellows are nominated by their CEOs and selected through a competitive application process. Each Fellow must hold a key leadership position at their company and demonstrate their interest in civic engagement.

The 2016-2017 class of David Rockefeller Fellows includes:

Tracy Benard, National Managing Partner, Advisory, KPMG LLP
Sofia Chang, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Digital Distribution and Home Entertainment, Home Box Office, Inc.
David Cheikin, Executive Vice President, Brookfield Property Partners
Catherine Cook, Executive Vice President, Human Resources & Labor Relations, Bloomingdale’s
Sheila Dharmarajan, Head of Business Development and Investor Relations, ZMC
Nancy Elder, Vice President, Communications, JetBlue Airways Corporation
Joshua Empson, Managing Director, Providence Equity Partners
Keith Endersen, Regional Vice President, Middle Market Banking, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
Steven Epstein, Partner, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Michael Gordon, Chief Financial Officer, MongoDB, Inc.
Sarah Hlavinka McConnell, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, ABM Industries Inc.
Sophia Hudson, Partner, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Angie Klein, Vice President, Consumer Distribution, Verizon Communications, Inc.
Timothy G. Lyons, Managing Director, Citigroup Inc.
Lynn McMahon, Managing Director – New York Metro, Accenture
Peter Mintzberg, Chief Strategy Officer, OppenheimerFunds, Inc.
Nadine Mirchandani, Partner, Americas Transaction Leader for the Financial Services Organization, Ernst & Young LLP
Jeremy I. Moss, Executive Vice President, Silverstein Properties, Inc.
Elizabeth Prewitt, Partner, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
David Stafford, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, McGraw-Hill Education, Inc.
Jane Veeder, Senior Vice President, Head of Integrated Risk, Zurich Insurance Group Ltd
Sharon Yeshaya, Managing Director, Head of Investor Relations, Morgan Stanley
David Zussman, Vice President, The Related Companies, L.P.

Upon completion of the program, these fellows will join an elite 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 www.pfnyc.org/david-rockefeller-fellows.

About the Partnership for New York City
The Partnership for New York City represents the city’s business leadership and its largest private sector employers. We work together with government, labor and the nonprofit sector to promote economic growth and maintain the city’s position as a global center of commerce and innovation. Through the Partnership Fund for New York City, the Partnership contributes directly to projects that create jobs, improve economically distressed communities and stimulate new business creation.