Otis Rolley joined The Rockefeller Foundation in 2019. Immediately prior to joining the Foundation, Otis served as a North America Managing Director for 100 Resilient Cities, an initiative of the Foundation. There he provided urban resilience technical assistance and portfolio management for 29 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada. Prior to his work at 100RC, Otis served as CEO of Newark, New Jersey’s economic development corporation.

A true urbanist, Otis’s career has been dedicated toward advancing economic and community development in cities, leading organizations in the for-profit and non-profit private sectors. His 20 years of experience also includes serving in various leadership positions in the public sector. He has held cabinet roles with 5 different mayors in three large U.S. cities. He has been a chief of staff managing a $2 billion budget; city planning director for America’s largest independent city; and he has served as the first deputy housing commissioner for the 5th largest public housing and community development agency in the U.S.

Otis has a Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University.

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  • Jun 11 2020
    Blog Post The New Deal Made America's Racial Inequality Worse. We Can't Make the Same Mistake With Covid-19 Economic Crisis. The Covid-19 pandemic has already caused a level of economic devastation in America that can only be compared to the Great Depression. So it’s not surprising that many policymakers, academics, and others are now pointing to the New Deal — the landmark legislation enacted by President Franklin Roosevelt in response to the Great Depression — as a model for how […] Otis Rolley
  • Jun 01 2020
    Blog Post If We’re All in This Together, Let’s Prove It. We hear and see it everywhere these days: “We’re all in this together.” Our friends and neighbors are committing selfless acts of community every day. Here in New York City medical professionals from all over the country have arrived to lend their urgently needed skills to care for the sick. In Cullman, Alabama, a man […] Noah Cohen-Cline, Otis Rolley
  • Nov 27 2019
    EEO Meet Otis Rolley III How do we help working Americans live fuller lives, and achieve the American dream? Learn more from Otis Rolley, our Managing Director in the U.S.
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