New Chair of Rockefeller Brothers Fund Wants the Public to Understand How Philanthropy Works

Joseph Pierson is a chronicler of his family’s history, and he thinks he has a pretty good story to tell. As the newly installed chair of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund Board of Trustees, Pierson, a fifth-generation descendant of oil baron John D. Rockefeller, sees communicating his family’s philanthropic legacy to a broader audience as a key part of his job.

During her nine-year tenure as chair of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Valerie Rockefeller, another fifth-generation descendent, led the storied family philanthropy into a new, more active form of philanthropy that took a more visible stance in public debates. This summer, after her term was over, Pierson succeeded her.

Read more on The Chronicle of Philanthropy.