President of The Rockefeller Foundation
Judith Rodin is president of The Rockefeller Foundation, one of the world’s leading philanthropic organizations. She was previously president of the University of Pennsylvania, and provost of Yale University. Since joining the Foundation in 2005, Dr. Rodin has recalibrated its focus to meet the challenges of the 21st century and today the Foundation supports and shapes innovations to expand opportunity worldwide and build greater resilience by helping people, communities and institutions prepare for, withstand and emerge stronger from acute shocks and chronic stresses. The Foundation accomplishes these goals through work that advances health, revalues ecosystems, secures livelihoods and transforms cities.
A widely recognized international leader in academia, science and development issues, Dr. Rodin has actively participated in influential global forums, including the World Economic Forum, the Council on Foreign Relations, Clinton Global Initiative and the United Nations General Assembly. Dr. Rodin is also a member of the African Development Bank’s High Level Panel, a Board member of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (co-created by The Rockefeller Foundation). In November 2012 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo named Dr. Rodin to co-chair the NYS 2100 Commission on long-term resilience following Superstorm Sandy.
A pioneer and innovator throughout her career, Dr. Rodin was the first woman named to lead an Ivy League Institution and is the first woman to serve as The Rockefeller Foundation's president. A research psychologist by training, she was one of the pioneers of the behavioral medicine and health psychology movements.
Dr. Rodin is the author of more than 200 academic articles and has written or co-written 12 books. She has received 19 honorary doctorate degrees and has been named one of Crain's 50 Most Powerful Women in New York three years in a row. She has also been recognized as one of Forbes Magazine's World's 100 Most Powerful Women in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Dr. Rodin serves as a member of the board for several leading corporations and non-profits including Citigroup, Laureate Education, Inc., Comcast, and the White House Council for Community Solutions. Dr. Rodin is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from Columbia University.
Blog posts by Judith Rodin
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Impact InvestingThis B Corp is on a mission to build lifelong healthy eaters by making "kid-inspired, chef-crafted" food accessible to everyone.
ResilienceDisaster events—coupled with our expertise in resilience science—have fueled our approach to building more resilient institutions. Here are three lessons we've learned along the way.
PhilanthropyWhen I was 22, I learned an important lesson that would deeply influence my life. And it took less than 10 minutes.
Speeches by Judith Rodin
ResilienceDr. Judith Rodin introduces a session on the 'resilience dividend' by describing three current global trends.
Impact InvestingDr. Judith Rodin leads a breakfast discussion on impact investing and the galvanization of innovative finance in solving social and environmental problems.
Speeches & PresentationsKeynote remarks given by Judith Rodin at the World Urban Forum on April 11th, 2014 in Medellin, Colombia.