Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
Heather Grady is a Vice President at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, based in the San Francisco office. She leads the organization’s strategy and program development in global philanthropy, including collaboratives, global programs, research, publications, presentations and other initiatives.
Heather tackled community-level and policy challenges firsthand in East Asia, Africa and the Middle East during two decades of development and human rights work, living in settings as diverse as Thailand, Vietnam, China, the Gaza Strip and Sudan. More recently she served as Vice President, Foundation Initiatives at The Rockefeller Foundation, overseeing an annual grantmaking budget averaging $65 million. She helped ensure significant impact from strategic initiatives in Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience, Impact Investing, Transforming Health Systems, Equitable and Sustainable Transportation, and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). Her portfolio also included Program Related Investments (PRIs) and philanthropic sector support. Prior to that Heather was the Managing Director of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative, founded by former Irish President Mary Robinson. There she helped catalyze leadership across the government, UN, business and civil society sectors, and expand public understanding of rights and development issues and solutions. She directed the programs on employment, climate change, and the MDGs, and contributed to programs on corporate responsibility, women’s leadership, and health. She has served as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University where she co-created and taught a graduate course on climate change, development and human rights.
Heather has degrees from the Kennedy School at Harvard and Smith College. She is conversant in Chinese and Vietnamese. She serves on a number of Boards and Advisory Groups including The B Team, the Business and Human Rights Resource Center, and SXSW Eco.