Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, a leading nonprofit philanthropy service, has announced Valerie Rockefeller as the new chair of the Board of Directors. Rockefeller succeeds Wendy O’Neill, who spent four of her 10 years of board service as Chair.
During O’Neill’s tenure, RPA grew from a team of 45 people to an organization of more than 80 people advising on and managing over $500 million a year in philanthropy across dozens of countries. Today, the organization sponsors more than 90 innovative projects and provides advisory services to clients across the spectrum of philanthropic issues structures.
‘I am honoured to have worked side by side with other RPA board members, staff, and partners. It has been one of the highlights of my life, and I will take with me many memories and much wisdom,’ said O’Neill. ‘I know that as our new board chair, Valerie will help RPA further its mission to help donors create thoughtful effective philanthropy throughout the world.’
Valerie Rockefeller brings to her role knowledge and experience in climate change and education. She currently chairs the board of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and co-chairs BankFWD, a network to persuade banks to phase out financing for fossil fuel and to lead on climate.
‘I am extremely excited to serve as board chair and participate in urgent conversations about climate change, racial justice, and equity in a way that enables effective and impactful philanthropy,’ said Rockefeller. ‘At this critical juncture for our world, RPA’s role is more important than ever.’
RPA also welcomed three new members to its Board of Directors: architect and developer Peter Gill Case; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s COO Melvin Galloway; and Libra Foundation Executive Director Crystal Hayling. RPA has also brought on Yogita Naik as a Senior Vice President of People and Culture and expanded the role of current Vice President Renee Karibi-Whyte to include that of Corporate Secretary.