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 in its nearly 100-year history. 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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100 Resilient CitiesThe resilience dividend: The Colombian city's hosting of a global conference would have been unthinkable 10 years ago.
PhilanthropyPhilanthropy is constantly changing. Here are three areas where we can build on the current momentum to ensure we remain nimble in solving global issues.
Gender Equity"Leaning in" is only part of the prescription—women must also "reach out."
Speeches by Judith Rodin
Speeches & PresentationsOn September 25, 2012, Dr. Judith Rodin delivered opening remarks at the "High Level Event on Ensuring Resilient Livelihoods" event.
Speeches & PresentationsDr. Judith Rodin: This very productive and engaging day leaves us in a better place in terms of advancing our understanding of climate change resilience, highlighting some of the key challenges and surfacing new opportunities for progress and collaboration.