2019 Annual Review: Staff & Trustees

  • The RBF staff stand on the stairs outside a building for a group photo.
    The Rockefeller Brothers Fund 2019 staff retreat.


In 2019, the RBF had 66 staff positions. Seventy-three percent of positions were full-time, up from 69 percent in 2018. Of 18 part-time and hourly positions, one worked in Finance and Operations, another in Programs, and 16 provided operations and maintenance support to The Pocantico Center.

A pie chart shows staff distribution for 2019. 31% of staff worked in programs, 25% in finance and operations, 24% at Pocantico, and 10% for the offices of the president and corporate secretary. Percentages are taken from full-time equivalents, calculated by real hours worked and do not account for specific staff positions.

The Fund filled 10 vacancies in 2019, including one new position. The average tenure of RBF employees was 8.5 years, a decrease of 12 percent from the 2018 average tenure of 9.7 years, due in part to the departure of a few long-tenured employees from the Fund in 2019.

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our commitment is shaped by our values, our work, and the philanthropic traditions of the Rockefeller family. We strive to maintain the highest standards of ethics, transparency, and accountability and are committed to recruiting a diverse board of trustees and staff; fostering open and effective cooperation; engaging with diverse constituencies; working with grantees to achieve shared goals; working with diverse vendors, contractors, and consultants; advocating public policy that advances social inclusion; and promoting intercultural understanding.

Of the 49 individuals10 employed full-time by the RBF in 2019, 55 percent self-identified as White/Caucasian/European, 16 percent as Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx, 21 percent as Black/African American/African, 8 percent as Asian American/ Pacific Islanders/Asian/South Asian, and 1.5 percent as Multiracial/Multi-ethnic. Women accounted for 76 percent of full-time employees.

Among 18 individuals employed part-time and hourly, 55 percent self-identified as White/Caucasian/European, 33 percent as Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx, six percent as Black/African American/African, and six percent as Multiracial/Multi-ethnic. Eighty-nine percent of part-time employees are women.

A bar chart shows staff diversity in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

In 2019, certain services of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund’s Human Resources, Operations, Accounting, and Information Technology departments were shared with the David Rockefeller Fund, the Rockefeller Family Fund, and the V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation. In addition, the Human Resources department provided support to the American Conservation Association, Asian Cultural Council, Environmental Grantmakers Association, Rockefeller Archive Center, and the Trust for Mutual Understanding. These organizations reimbursed the RBF for their share of these services.


Eighteen trustees served on the RBF board in 2019; nine of them are members of the Rockefeller family, including seven from the fifth generation. Of the trustees, 78 percent are White /Caucasian/European, 11 percent are Black/African American/African, and 11 percent are Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian/South Asian. Forty-four percent of the 2019 trustees are women.

A pie chart shows trustee diversity for 2019. 78% of trustees were White/Caucasian/European, 11% Black/African American/African, and 11% were Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian/South Asian.

2019 RBF Trustees

Ayad Akhtar
Ambassador Ryan Crocker
Wendy Gordon, Vice Chair
Stephen B. Heintz, President and CEO
Miranda M. Kaiser
Hugh Lawson
Daniel Levy
Heather McGhee
Jennifer Nolan

Peter O’Neill
Joseph Pierson
Marnie Pillsbury
Michael Quattrone
Kavita Ramdas
Valerie Rockefeller, Chair
Wyatt Rockefeller
David Rockefeller, Jr.
Marsha Simms

10 Individuals employed may exceed the number of staff positions to account for both new hires and terminations for the same role.

2019 RBF Annual Review


Featured Essay: A Broader Vision of Our Assets


The Pocantico Center


Staff & Trustees

Download as a PDF