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Partnership for New York City Announces 35 David Rockefeller Fellows for 2018

Annual Program Prepares Senior Business Executives for Civic Leadership

NEW YORK, NY, September 20, 2017 – The Partnership for New York City, the city’s leading business organization, has announced the 2018 class of  David Rockefeller Fellows. Thirty-five senior business executives will spend a year learning about the city and how to become more engaged as civic leaders.

The one-year program involves meetings and site visits that focus on enhancing business and civic leadership skills by engaging with top leaders in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. During the program, Fellows attend private meetings with leaders of government agencies and private organizations, such as the New York Police Department, the MTA, the Brooklyn Navy Yard and the Museum of Natural History. They benefit from candid discussions about the big challenges facing the city and how they are being managed.

The selected class is comprised of individuals who hold leadership positions at their companies and demonstrate a strong interest in learning more about political and civic issues. The 2018 class of fellows represents a diverse range of industries, including technology, law, financial services, real estate, media and health care.

Since the program was established in 1989, nearly 400 executives have participated as fellows. Upon completion, the new class will join an elite group of program alumni that includes John McAvoy, CEO and President of Con Edison; Jonathan Gray, Global Head of Real Estate at Blackstone; William Mulrow, Senior Managing Director at Blackstone and former Secretary to Governor Cuomo; and Alicia Glen, New York City Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development.

“This is the first year that David Rockefeller is not with us, making it more important than ever to carry on his legacy of business leadership and civic engagement,” said Kathryn Wylde, President & CEO of the Partnership for New York City. “We trust that the Fellows will gain a new appreciation for the complex responsibilities involved in running both public agencies and private companies and that they will be better citizens, making bigger contributions to the city, because of this experience.”

The 2017-2018 class of David Rockefeller Fellows includes:

Emma Bailey, Managing Director- Legal, Barclays PLC
Khary Barnes, Vice President, Global Corporate Payments, American Express Company
Kate Bicknell, Senior Vice President, Commercial & Residential Development, Forest City New York
Jonathon Blackwell, Director, SL Green Realty Corp.
Jennifer Breithaupt, Global Consumer Chief Marketing Officer, Citi
Melissa Carmichael, Senior Managing Director, Aon
Sarah Chen, Assistant Vice President & Senior Counsel, The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
Julia Czarniak, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Neil Dhar, Partner – Head of Financial Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP
Heather Dietrick, President & Publisher, The Daily Beast, IAC
Steven Glenn, Chief Financial Officer, Warburg Pincus LLC
Jared Hendricks, Senior Managing Director, Centerbridge Partners
Anna Klein, Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs, The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc.
Andrew Komaroff, Chief Operating Officer, Neuberger Berman Group LLC
Deepak Krishnamurthy, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, SAP
Diane Kurtzman, Vice President, Human Resources – International & Corporate Groups, The Travelers Companies, Inc.
Laurie Ledford, Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.
Edward Lee, Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Paula Madoff, Advisory Director, Goldman Sachs & Co.
Jeffrey Mandel, Managing Director, Acquisitions, United States & New York, Tishman Speyer
Jillian McCarthy, Managing Director, Global Head of Financial Planning and Analysis, Perella Weinberg Partners
Kathleen McCarthy, Senior Managing Director, Blackstone
Jordan Murray, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Louise Pennington, Executive Vice President, Willis Towers Watson PLC
Gina Proia, Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, CIT Group Inc.
Keith Rooney, Director, Community & Customer Management Downstate New York, National Grid
Adam Rosman, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, First Data Corporation
Sherif Sakr, Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP
Robert Sanchez, Senior Vice President, Corporate Shared Services, Con Edison, Inc.
Pablo Sanchez, Head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management, USA and Canada, HSBC Bank USA
Raj Seshadri, President, U.S. Issuers, North America, Mastercard
Manan Shah, Partner, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
Joan Steinberg, Managing Director, Global Head of Philanthropy, Morgan Stanley
Matthew Stopnik, Co-Head of U.S. Financial Sponsors, RBC Capital Markets, LLC
Andrew Topen, Vice President, Global Media Relations & Digital Communications, Pfizer Inc.

For more information about the program and the Fellows, visit www.pfnyc.org/david-rockefeller-fellows.