RPA Names Four Renowned Leaders in Global Service, Academia, and Management to Its Board of Directors

Monday, January 13th, 2014

New York, NY, January 13, 2014

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA), one of the world’s leading nonprofit philanthropic consulting services, has elected four new members to its Board of Directors: Writer and Historian Barbara Bellows Rockefeller, Managing Director of G2 Investment Group Peter C. Rockefeller, Co-Founder and CEO of 3P Partners Wendy Gordon, and Sancroft International Consultant Sarah Teacher.

“Barbara, Peter, Wendy, and Sarah are particularly special additions to our Board of Directors this year. We’re honored to welcome back a founding board member, an expert in human needs investments, a pioneering sustainability expert, and an authority in environmental issues with an entrepreneurial emphasis,” said Melissa Berman, President and CEO of RPA. “Dedication to thoughtful and effective giving transcends industries, and each of their unique areas of expertise will be essential as we continue guiding and advising donors. The Rockefeller family philanthropy legacy remains an inspiration to many donors, and we are glad to welcome three family members to the Board.”

“All four of our new board members are proven leaders and bring profound knowledge and expertise, contributing to RPA’s commitment to sustainable, strategic philanthropy,” said Kevin P. A. Broderick, Chair of the Board. “Their wide-ranging work reflects RPA’s far-reaching philanthropic impact, and they will be invaluable assets to our board.”

The four new members of RPA’s Board of Directors are:

Barbara Bellows Rockefeller: A writer and an historian of the American South, Barbara Bellows Rockefeller has also been deeply engaged in educational issues. For many years, she was a professor of history at Middlebury College, and served a term on the board of Hollins University. She was a Fellow, and then a trustee, of the National Humanities Center. She has previously sat on the Governing Council of the Rockefeller Archive Center, the board of the Rockefeller Family Fund, and was a member of the founding board of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

Peter C. Rockefeller: A managing director with G2 Investment Group, an investment management and advisory firm for leading families and institutional investors around the world, Peter C. Rockefeller brings a wealth of financial services experience to the Board. Prior to joining G2, Peter worked at Berkshire Capital Securities, providing strategic financial advisory and merger/acquisition services to asset management firms, including multi-family offices, trust banks, investment counselors and investment consultants. Peter was previously with the Citigroup Private Bank in the Global Investment Strategy Group, supporting relationship bankers throughout the Private Bank’s worldwide network.

Wendy Gordon, co-founder and CEO of 3P Partners, is launching Positive Impact Points (or PIPs), a “rewards for good” marketplace that is being called the iTunes for social good. Wendy currently serves as vice-chair of the board of Rainforest Alliance; as a trustee of Trickle Up, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Rockefeller Family Fund; and on the advisory boards of Recyclebank and the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health. Previously, Wendy worked as General Manager of National Geographic’s Green Guide, a digital media property she co-created and sold to NGS in 2007. While with NGS, she led the development of a new web platform, expanded readership multi-fold, introduced several early-stage apps, and launched a line of books.

Sarah Teacher: Sarah Teacher is a consultant at Sancroft International, an international sustainability consultancy. She joined Sancroft after completion of On Purpose, a one-year program for early-career professionals identified as future leaders in social enterprise. Prior to On Purpose, Sarah was Director for Next Generation Philanthropy at the Institute for Philanthropy, leading workshops in the UK, US, Rwanda, China, and Turkey for philanthropists interested in increasing the impact of their giving. She is a trustee of Avonbrook Projects Abroad, a charitable trust making grants to education projects in Africa, and the African Innovation Prize, an organization she co-founded that works to stimulate local student entrepreneurship in Sierra Leone and Rwanda.

For a complete list of RPA’s current board members, please visit http://rockpa.org/page.aspx?pid=289.

About Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) is a nonprofit organization that currently advises on and manages more than $200 million in annual giving by individuals, families, corporations, and major foundations. Continuing the Rockefeller family’s legacy of thoughtful, effective philanthropy, RPA remains at the forefront of philanthropic growth and innovation, with a diverse team led by experienced grantmakers with significant depth of knowledge across the spectrum of issue areas. Founded in 2002, RPA has grown into one of the world’s largest philanthropic service organizations and, as a whole, has facilitated more than $3 billion in grantmaking to nearly 70 countries. For more information, please visit RPA’s website at www.rockpa.org.