Amira Bliss

Former Associate Director

Amira Bliss joined The Rockefeller Foundation in 2010. As Associate Director, Mrs. Bliss designed and implemented a strategy to catalyze innovation at the Foundation and in the social sector more broadly. She managed grants and relationships to build innovation capacity through tools like social innovation labs, and by leading programs such as The Rockefeller Foundation Global Fellowship on Social Innovation. She also led the innovation workstream of the Food Waste and Spoilage initiative, aiming to surface and scale innovative solutions to post-harvest food loss affecting the livelihoods of African smallholder farmers. Mrs. Bliss had previously worked on Foundation initiatives to support more equitable and sustainable transportation—exploring global transportation mobility and accessibility—and developing sustainable employment strategies in the recycling and water management sectors in the United States.

Prior to joining The Rockefeller Foundation, Mrs. Bliss served as the assistant director of the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP). She has also worked at Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, and the United Nations International Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF).

Mrs. Bliss received a bachelor’s degree from Barnard College and an executive master’s of public policy and administration degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

Authored Content

  • Sep 11 2017
    Blog Post Improving Farmer and Processor Profit Margins with NRICassavaBags Last year, The Rockefeller Foundation began to tackle a major African food security challenge: the problem of cassava spoilage. Fresh cassava roots rot exceptionally quickly. With deterioration starting between 24-72 hours post-harvest, and up to 40 percent of cassava lost to spoilage. This is a big problem for the half-a-billion people that rely on the […] Amira Bliss, Kagwiria Koome
  • May 12 2016
    Blog Post Cassava Needs a Longer Shelf Life—And You Can Help   Anyone reading this has their own story to tell about food waste. One of the first lessons we are taught—wherever in the world we call home—is “don’t waste food.” And while we all have some sense of our own responsibility for solving this global problem, bigger challenges loom large. Chew on this: Cassava is […] Amira Bliss, Nneka Eze
  • Apr 08 2016
    Blog Post The People Behind the Systems Sunandan Tiwari hasn’t always thought of himself as an innovator. As the Deputy Director of ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability, South Asia), Tiwari is tasked with helping cities in South Asia assess their resilience risks and vulnerabilities, and develop strategies to address them. “I never really considered myself an innovator,” said Tiwari. “Just doing some […] Amira Bliss
  • May 20 2015
    Blog Post Cultivating a New Generation of Leader: The System Entrepreneur Only a few weeks ago, Nepal experienced a 7.8 earthquake that took the lives of more than 7,000 people, destroyed almost 300,000 homes, and left the remaining population with years of rebuilding and recovery. Today, disruptions like this are increasingly common, exacerbated by the triple threat of globalization, climate change, and urbanization. Not a month […] Amira Bliss, Warren Nilsson
  • Feb 11 2015
    Blog Post Incubators Are Helping Impact Enterprises Grow, But Are They Making a Difference? Market and enterprise-based solutions for development objectives are on the rise among actors both old and new. So why aren’t more problems being solved? To tackle part of this question, we looked at the proliferation of impact enterprises, organizations that aim for financial and social returns from the systems in which they operate. As part […] Amira Bliss, Rehana Nathoo