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Melissa Berman

President and CEO, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc.


Founded by the Rockefeller family, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors is an innovative non-profit philanthropy service dedicated to helping donors create thoughtful, effective philanthropy throughout the world.  The organization manages foundations and trusts; structures giving programs and major gifts; offers a charitable giving fund; and coordinates donor collaborations.  In the last decade, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors has facilitated more than $850 million in giving to more than 40 countries.

Ms. Berman has led Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors since January 2001.  Previously, she served as Senior Vice President, Research and Program Development at The Conference Board, a non-profit, independent business research organization. She oversaw all research and publications on management practices, including global corporate citizenship and governance.

A frequent speaker, Ms. Berman was profiled in the New York Times in March 2004.  Her ideas and views have also been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, The Financial Times, USA Today, Town & Country, The Boston Globe, and The Houston Chronicle.  She has been interviewed on the Today Show, NPR, CNBC-TV, and CNNfn.  She has written articles for the New York Times, Across the Board, The Miami Herald and other national publications.

Ms. Berman is a director of City Harvest, the Foundation Center, and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. She is a member of the national advisory panel for New Ventures in Philanthropy.  She serves as a Judge for the Ron Brown Award for Corporate Citizenship, a presidential award. Ms. Berman holds a B.A. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.