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Melissa Berman

President and CEO

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

New York, NY, USA

Melissa Berman


Melissa Berman is the founding President and CEO of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc., an innovative non-profit philanthropy service launched by the Rockefeller family in 2002. Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors’ mission is to help donors create thoughtful, effective philanthropy throughout the world. RPA develops strategic plans, conducts research, manages foundations and trusts, structures major gifts, coordinates donor collaboratives, and provides regranting and fiscal sponsorship services. Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors annually manages or facilitates approximately $200 million in giving.

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Jeff Bezos’ $10B Climate Pledge Could Spur Giving

“This could be a game changer on efforts to deal with climate change for the planet,” says Melissa Berman, CEO of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) in New York. In terms of spurring more philanthropy, “Bezos’ commitment could certainly have a multiplier effect,” Berman says.

Environment And Conservation Finally Become Urgent Issues For Philanthropists

Driving this change is the more immediate demands of the next generation of philanthropists, the report shows. "They're seeking new approaches and instruments to address acute social and environmental issues effectively," says Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors CEO, Melissa A. Berman.

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Melissa Berman’s Background

President and CEO
New York, NY, USA
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) is a non-profit organization that currently advises on and manages more than $200 million in annual giving by individuals, families, corporations, and major foundations.
Senior Vice President
New York, NY, USA
The Conference Board, Inc. is a 501 tax-exempt non-profit business membership and research group organization. It counts approximately 1,200 public and private corporations and other organizations as members, encompassing 60 countries.

Other Business Interests

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The Tamer Center for Social Enterprise
Advisory Board
New York, NY, USA
The Tamer Center for Social Enterprise trains the next generation of leaders to address social and environmental challenges.

Current Non-Executive Positions

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The Foundation Center
Board Member
New York, NY, USA
Established in 1956, Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed. Foundation Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants.
Board of Trustees
New York, NY, USA
Candid gets you the information you need to do good. We connect people who want to change the world with the resources they need to do it.

Academic Appointments

Adjunct Professor
New York, NY, USA
Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields.

Melissa Berman’s Education