Ben Rodriguez-Cubeñas is the program director of the Charles E. Culpeper Arts & Culture program. Prior to joining the Rockefeller Brothers Fund in 1996, Mr. Rodriguez-Cubeñas was a program officer at the William Randolph Hearst Foundations, where he worked nationally in the areas of education, health, human services, and arts and culture.

Mr. Rodriguez-Cubeñas' wide range of associations includes serving as vice chair of the board of directors of Casita Maria, the oldest Hispanic settlement house in New York.  He is a member of the leadership council of the New York Foundation for the Arts, an advisory board member of the Agustin Fernandez Foundation, and an advisor to the Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute at Seton Hall University and the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation. In 1998, he co-founded the Cuban Artists Fund, an international organization dedicated to helping individual artists and promoting cultural exchanges with the Cuban community. Mr. Rodriguez-Cubeñas currently serves as board chair of the Cuban Artists Fund. He also served as board chair of Hispanics in Philanthropy, a national organization dedicated to promoting responsive philanthropy, and as a national advisory board member of New Ventures in Philanthropy, a foundation-led initiative to promote philanthropy in the United States.  

Mr. Rodriguez-Cubeñas has also served on numerous committees and advisory boards, including the New York Regional Association of Grantmakers' City Connect Committee and Communications Committee, the Council on Foundations' Annual Conference Planning Committee, the Scholarship Committee for the Center for Public Service at Seton Hall University, and the Advisory Group for the Fund for New Citizens at the New York Community Trust. From 1993 to 1996, he served as an adviser on the Ford Foundation's "Planning for Changing Communities-Diverse Needs Initiative." He has participated as a speaker at workshops and conferences sponsored by The Hispanic Federation of New York, Hispanics in Philanthropy, and the National Society of Fundraising Executives. He is a member of the Americas Society and the Institute for Urban Design.

Mr. Rodriguez-Cubeñas holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Seton Hall University and a master's degree in international affairs from Drew University.

News and updates

Ben Rodriguez-Cubeñas appointed to Mayor Bill de Blasio's Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission

Mayor de Blasio has appointed Ben Rodriguez-Cubeñas, the director of the Fund's Charles E. Culpeper Arts & Culture program, as vice chair of the New York City Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission.

The Fund Revises its New York City Program Guidelines

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund has made revisions to its Pivotal Place: New York City Program guidelines. Recognizing the many accomplishments of our grantees and the Fund's interest in concentrating limited resources on other areas in which we are currently working to achieve greater impact, the RBF will conclude its grantmaking of civic and political participation of immigrant communities in New York City.