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 and 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 250 academic articles and has written or co-written 15 books, including her two most recent, The Power of Impact Investing and The Resilience Dividend: Being Strong in a World Where Things Go Wrong. 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 nonprofits, including Citigroup, Laureate Education, Inc., Comcast, and the White House Council for Community Solutions. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and earned her Ph.D. in psychology from Columbia University.
The Resilience Dividend uses a range of stories from around the world to show how people, organizations, businesses, communities, and cities have developed resilience in the face of otherwise catastrophic challenges.
The Power of Impact Investing explains what impact investing is, how it compares to philanthropy and traditional investments, where opportunities are evolving around the world, and how to get started.