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Patrick J. Brennan joined the Rockefeller Foundation as Chief of Staff in 2012. His wide-ranging and diverse management portfolio includes a myriad of operational and programmatic responsibilities, including direct oversight of the President’s Office, the Executive Team and various priority initiatives based out of the Foundation’s regional offices located in Africa, Asia, Europe and the United States.

Since 2012, Patrick is directly responsible for the development and implementation of some of RF’s most notable projects including;

  • The partnership with the smash Broadway hit, Hamilton: An American Musical, which gives 100,000 high school students across the United States the opportunity to participate in an educational program, interact with the cast and attend a performance of the musical.
  • Playing a lead role on the team responsible for the development and launch of the Foundation’s biggest global initiative, 100 Resilient Cities. Patrick continues to provide strategic and operational oversight of 100 Resilient Cities and serves as the executive sponsor for additional resilience based projects including Rebuild By Design and the National Disaster Resilience Competition.
  • Management of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s NYS 2100 Commission in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Patrick joined the Foundation the same day the storm hit New York. He was quickly pressed into action helping to lead the effort to develop a set of recommendation to aid in the recovery and resilient rebuilding of New York. The NYS 2100 Commission’s work was integral in securing $60B in federal aid to assist in the rebuilding of effected communities.
  • Forming a partnership to produce the documentary, Wasted: The Story of Food Waste. Working with Anthony Bourdain and his production partners, the Foundation will use this documentary featuring celebrity chefs, Massimo Bottura, Dan Barber and Danny Bowien to highlight its Yield Wise initiative aimed at cutting food waste in half by the year 2030.
  • In partnership with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Patrick was a key partner in the creation and execution of K10: Resilient New Orleans, a week-long series of events designed to respectfully honor the victims of Hurricane Katrina and recognize a decade’s worth of resilience and progress by the City. The event received massive media attention and the entire project was recognized with several awards by national media outlets for its work in community relations and public affairs.

Prior to joining the Rockefeller Foundation, Patrick served in a variety of senior level positions in the public and private sector. Most notably, Mr. Brennan became the youngest Commissioner in the history of New York City when Mayor Michael Bloomberg appointed him to lead the City’s Public Affairs Unit. Preceding the appointment to Commissioner, Patrick served as Deputy Campaign Manager for the Bloomberg for Mayor Campaign, and at City Hall he was Special Advisor to the Mayor and Chief of Staff for Government Affairs.

His private sector work included stints as a Vice President at United Health Group, President of Strategic Communications at the Parkside Group and Director of Policy and External Affairs at the Healthcare Education Project (SEIU/GNYHA).


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