Geraldine Watson

Executive Vice President, Finance and Operations

A photograph of Gerry Watson

Gerry Watson is executive vice president for finance and operations at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and has served in this role since 2006. This executive leadership team position includes oversight of the investment, accounting, technology, human resources, and operations functions for the RBF, as well as the Rockefeller Family Fund (RFF), the David Rockefeller Fund (DRF), and several of its affiliates. She also leads the RBF’s mission-aligned investing efforts and oversees the management of the Fund’s Pocantico operations.

She currently serves on the board of The Interchurch Center and chairs its finance committee. Ms. Watson also serves as a member of the audit committee of The Asian Cultural Council, and is a member of the board of the Foundation Financial Officers Group.

Ms. Watson joined the RBF in 1994 as comptroller, directing the financial reporting responsibilities for the RBF, the RFF, the DRF, along with the Asian Cultural Council and the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. Prior to joining the RBF, Ms. Watson was engaged as an independent consultant, providing financial and tax services to individuals, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations. She also served as an audit manager with Price Waterhouse. Ms. Watson received a B.S. from Fairfield University and attained her CPA classification shortly thereafter.

News and updates

Reflecting on DEI in Our Investment Practices

Informed by a new report from the Knight Foundation, several foundations have begun to explore how we can better support diversity, equity, and inclusion in the investment space.

Expanding Our Outreach to Increase Mission-Aligned Investing Dollars

The Fund is pleased to support the advancement of mission-aligned investing practices by joining the newly expanded U.S. Impact Investing Alliance, as well as to partner with Mission Investors Exchange as a member of its inaugural class of sustaining members.

The Fund’s Divestment Efforts One Year Later

One year after announcing the Rockefeller Brothers Fund’s plan to divest from fossil fuels, President Stephen Heintz said its portfolio’s exposure to oil, coal, and tar sands has been reduced from about seven percent at the beginning of 2014 to just over four percent.