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 13 books. She has received 19 honorary doctorate degrees and has been named one of Crain's 50 Most Powerful Women in New York. She has also been recognized as one of Forbes Magazine's World's 100 Most Powerful Women three years in a row.
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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PhilanthropyHow do leaders of one of the world's oldest philanthropies decide which problems receive the resources necessary to uncover solutions or bring them to scale?
InnovationWhat’s the next great innovation in mobilizing private capital for social purpose?
Impact InvestingIf we are to have any hope of solving the increasingly dynamic, complex, and messy challenges of our time, we need more investors to take a dual approach to investing.
Speeches by Judith Rodin
Speeches & PresentationsRockefeller Foundation president Judith Rodin talks about innovation in finance for social impact.
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.