Stephen Heintz has been President of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund since 2001. Before joining the RBF, he held top leadership positions in both the nonprofit and public sectors. He was founding president of Dēmos, a public policy research and advocacy organization working to enhance the vitality of American democracy and promote more broadly shared prosperity. Prior to founding Dēmos, he served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the EastWest Institute, where he worked on issues of economic reform, civil society development, and international security. Based in Prague, Czech Republic, from 1990 through 1997, he worked extensively throughout Central and Eastern Europe and the New Independent States. He devoted the first 15 years of his career to politics and government service in the State of Connecticut, where he served as commissioner of economic development and commissioner of social welfare. In 1988, he helped draft and secure passage by Congress of “The Family Support Act,” the first major effort to reform the nation’s welfare system.

He currently serves on the boards of the EastWest Institute, the Rockefeller Archive Center, and The American Prospect. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The Nonprofit Times has consistently named him one of the 50 most influential leaders of the nonprofit sector. In 2012, President Bronisław Komorowski of Poland granted him the Officer’s Cross - Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland for his contributions to building civil society and democratic institutions in Poland. The award was presented at the Polish Embassy in 2014.

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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.

President Stephen Heintz and Trustee Heather McGhee Named in 2017 NonProfit Times ‘Power & Influence Top 50’

Stephen Heintz and Heather McGhee, president of Demos and a trustee of the RBF, were both included on the NonProfit Times’ annual list of top 50 sector leaders.

The Iran Project Releases Statement in Support of the JCPOA and Diplomacy

Along with former diplomats and leaders from the national security community, The Iran Project issued a statement recommending the U.S. not withdraw from the nuclear deal and instead pursue a comprehensive policy that furthers U.S. national security interests and pushes back against Iran’s threatening actions in the region.