Respected Development Finance Expert to Lead Foundation’s Efforts to Aggregate and Deploy Grants and Catalytic Capital into High Impact Solutions
NEW YORK | June 22, 2020 – The Rockefeller Foundation today announced that Maria Kozloski, former Global Head and Chief Investment Officer of Private Equity Funds at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), has joined the Foundation as Senior Vice President of Innovative Finance. In this role, Ms. Kozloski will work to establish a global capital asset management platform and lead the Impact Investment Management (IIM) platform. This newly created asset management subsidiary enables the Foundation to aggregate and deploy capital from like-minded partners to amplify the impact of the Foundation’s core programmatic areas.
“From Covid-19 pandemic to climate change, energy poverty, hunger, and growing inequities here in the U.S. and around the world, these critical challenges require significant funding that goes far beyond philanthropy and government,” said Dr. Rajiv J. Shah, President of The Rockefeller Foundation. “This is why I am thrilled Maria Kozloski has come on board. With her extensive experience, she will advance the type of creative financing solutions and innovative partnerships we need to take on some of the greatest existential emergencies of our time.”
Ms. Kozloski brings with her to the Foundation more than 25 years of experience in development finance. As the Global Head and Chief Investment Officer of the IFC’s Private Equity Funds business, she led a team that managed over $6 billion of investments across more than 320 funds globally. Previously, she served for seven years as Managing Director at Lockheed Martin Investment Management where she oversaw private equity and real estate. Prior to that, she had spent an additional 13 years at The World Bank Group managing private equity investments on behalf of the Bank’s pension system and investing in emerging markets for the IFC.
“It is a privilege to join The Rockefeller Foundation at this critical moment,” said Ms. Kozloski. “I am very much looking forward to working with the Innovative Finance team, along with other foundations and funders, to mobilize greater capital flows and drive investment at scale towards addressing the world’s most pressing challenges.”
A Chartered Financial Analyst, Ms. Kozloski holds a bachelor’s degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Master of Business Administration from Wharton, and a master’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University. During her career, she has lived and worked in Moscow, Warsaw, New York City, and Washington, DC.
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