Elizabeth Yee is the Executive Vice President, Program Strategy and Chief of Staff at The Rockefeller Foundation. She oversees The Foundation’s portfolio of global programs, leading the advancement of the Foundation’s strategic priorities. Liz also serves as a strategic advisor to The Foundation’s President, Dr. Rajiv Shah. She joined The Rockefeller Foundation in 2019 as Managing Director, Climate and Resilience.
In 2015, Liz joined 100 Resilient Cities, a project sponsored by The Rockefeller Foundation where she held various leadership roles, including Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, Vice President, City Solutions, and Vice President, Resilience Finance. She led the creation of a global platform of 100+ leading non-profit institutions and for-profit enterprises which accelerated and enabled the implementation of resilience projects globally. In response to the growing need to fund and finance urban climate adaptation projects, Liz supported the development and issuance of the first publicly offered Environmental Impact Bond.
Prior to her leadership roles at 100 Resilient Cities, Liz co-led the Public Power and Utilities practice at Barclays Capital. During her seventeen years working in the capital markets at Morgan Stanley, Lehman Brothers, and Barclays, she and her team developed, structured, and executed over $30 billion of infrastructure transactions. She has worked on finance solutions that included tax-equity flip structures, commodities and interest rate hedges, catastrophe bonds, and pension financing solutions. Liz is a two-time “Bond Buyer Deal of the Year” awardee for her team’s innovative approaches in structured finance. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and lives in New York City with her husband, two children and dog.