Kippy Joseph

Former Associate Director

Kippy Joseph joined the Rockefeller Foundation in 2010. As Associate Director of Innovation, she designed, implemented and managed an integrated approach of grant-making and internal capability-building.

Prior to her current position, Ms. Joseph worked at the United Kingdom’s Young Foundation, which focuses broadly on social innovation by conducting research, consultancy and incubation. At the Young Foundation, she led the education portfolio, capitalizing an education innovation fund and developing a new network of small innovative schools across the UK. Having started her career in the US, she has also directed several New York City youth programs in partnership with under-served local communities and public schools. Ms. Joseph is a trained facilitator of large and small groups, and has consulted to NGOs and foundations on strategy and program development.

Ms. Joseph holds Masters Degrees in Social and Organizational Psychology from Columbia University and in Systemic Management and Consultation from the University of London. She earned her BA in Public Policy and Education at Brown University. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, NY.

Authored Content

  • May 24 2016
    Blog Post Paper Prototyping: A Guide For Surfacing Innovative Ideas More Quickly Almost every new consumer product that hits the shelf starts with a prototype. Manufacturers use prototypes to determine if the product will function properly, appeal to the customers they’re targeting, and attract the investors needed for scale. Prototypes help designers study, discuss, and refine their product until they’ve produced a tested version that’s ready for […] Caroline Kronley, Jessica Joseph
  • May 20 2016
    Blog Post How to Explain Systems Change to a 13-Year-Old Innovation requires bringing people and ideas together. But sometimes the way we communicate about our work can get in the way of collaboration. Eilidh is 13-year-old burgeoning expert in systems change. Just ask her. “A system is anything organized for a purpose—kind of like my school,” she said. “And a systems map is a visual […] Jessica Joseph
  • Nov 20 2015
    Blog Post The Rockefeller Global Fellows in Social Innovation: Halfway to Systems Change The Rockefeller Foundation Global Fellowship in Social Innovation is designed to help leaders build long-term resilience while they navigate complex challenges and contexts. It’s no small challenge to develop the skills necessary to tackle huge, systemic social and environmental problems, but the Fellows’ progress towards that ambition is evident—both as individuals and as a group. […] Francisco Noguera, Jessica Joseph
  • Sep 21 2014
    Report Social Impact Bonds Infographic Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) are an innovative financial tool to help state and local governments facing tough budget decisions fund critical social programs. In 2013, states face $85 Billion in federal grant cuts. SIBs create new funding streams and help put impact investing capital to work. Philanthropies and foundations help support critical social programs across various initiatives, with $37.3 […] Jessica Joseph
  • Mar 28 2014
    Blog Post New DIY Toolkit for Social Innovators Seven years ago, The Rockefeller Foundation was beginning to notice a disturbing trend: while the private sector was getting more intentional and strategic about embedding innovation into its operations, the social sector—including philanthropy—was shying away from its roots of experimentation and risk. Innovation is an equally major driving force in both global economic growth and […] Jessica Joseph