Lee Wasserman has served as Director of the Rockefeller Family Fund (RFF) since 1999. Lee’s work has led to creation and implementation of initiatives to address climate change; advance women’s economic interests; and expand citizens’ ability to influence their democratic institutions.
Prior to joining RFF, Lee was Advisor to The Pew Charitable Trusts where he designed and implemented major program initiatives. From 1988 to 1995, he served as executive director of Environmental Advocates of New York, a statewide organization, where he developed and helped pass several landmark environmental and health measures.
Earlier in his career, Lee served as Assistant Counsel to then-Speaker of the New York State Assembly, Stanley Fink. He also served on Governor George Pataki’s Transition Team. He is a board member of Environmental Advocates of New York, a member of the Steering Committee for the Scholars Strategy Network, and a past president of the Environmental Federation of New York.
Lee is a graduate of Union College and Albany Law School. He received the 1993 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award from Albany Law School and in 2012 was admitted into Schenectady High School’s Hall of Fame in recognition of his professional achievement.
Lisa joined RFF in 2002. Prior, she was founder and executive director of a nonprofit strategic communications firm, but most of her career has been spent in government and politics. Lisa was in federal service for all eight years of President Clinton’s administration, serving in a variety of positions at the Interior Department and the White House. These included acting Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Policy, Management and Budget and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs. Lisa also served two years at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. She spent eight years working in politics and government in New Jersey, as state communications director of the 1992 Clinton presidential campaign and communications director for the N.J. State Attorney General.
Larry joined RFF in 2000. Prior to RFF, he directed the New York Public Interest Research Group’s (NYPIRG) environmental programs from 1988 through 1999. Among his successes in that capacity were campaigns to prevent construction of the Brooklyn Navy Yard incinerator; force the shut-down of Fresh Kills, the largest landfill in the world; and urge New York Governor George Pataki to order promulgation of what at the time were the toughest power plant emission standards in the country. Larry co-founded the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) and serves as president of the board of the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.
Roxanne joined RFF in 2011 as a Program Associate for the Economic Justice for Women program area. In her current role, she continues to manage core elements of the EJW program area, while also working across the foundation to further institutional goals and priorities. She served previously as global policy associate for the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), where she led efforts to ensure that U.S. foreign policies and programs improve the health, rights and well-being of girls and women in developing countries. Prior to joining ICRW, Roxanne worked with the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) and the Women’s Information Network (WIN), organizations that focus on professional and leadership development for girls and women in the United States.
Carolyn leads the Fund’s grants management processes and supports day-to-day operations for the Fund and program staff. Prior to joining the Fund, Carolyn served as the Program Associate at the Twenty-First Century Foundation (21CF) where she managed the Foundation’s grantmaking activities and provided support to the program department. Carolyn is a member of the Grant Managers Network - a national affinity group dedicated to promoting best practices in grants management; serves on the Grants Advisory Committee of the New York Women’s Foundation; and volunteers with Amani Global Works - a nonprofit that provides medical and nutrition services to residents on Idjwi, an island in Lake Kivu of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Prior to joining RFF in 2016, Carter previously served as an intern for Senator Tom Harkin and as political staff for AFSCME Council 61. Carter graduated with honors and distinction with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Iowa where she majored in Political Science and completed a certificate in Fundraising and Philanthropy Communication.
Kat joined RFF in 2017. Prior to joining, she worked in the non-profit sector in West Virginia with several organizations committed to creating a positive future for Appalachia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Bioethics from Cedarville University and a certificate in Biological Sciences from Marshall University. In her spare time, Kat enjoys travelling and section-hiking the Appalachian Trail.
Before joining RFF in 2018, Helen worked at Fort Greene Park for NYC Parks and the Fort Greene Park Conservancy. Previous to her time at Parks, she proudly served as a City Year New York AmeriCorps Member in East Harlem and graduated from Williams College majoring in Environmental Policy and American Studies. Out of the office, Helen can be found commuting on various forms of public transportation and exploring public spaces throughout the city.
RFF SPECIAL PROJECTS
Heidi Binko is currently the Executive Director of the Just Transition Fund, a philanthropic initiative that helps coal-impacted communities make the transition to a clean, new energy economy. Created by Heidi and her partner Sandra Mikush (Appalachia Funders Network/Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation), the initiative was launched in April 2015 and is currently housed at the Rockefeller Family Fund (RFF).
Prior to joining the Just Transition Fund full-time in January 2017, Heidi served as associate director of Special Climate Initiatives at RFF. In that capacity, she worked closely with key foundations, organizations and thought leaders working at the nexus of climate and coal since joining RFF in October 2008. Before RFF, Heidi was the executive director of the WestWind Foundation, a family foundation based in Virginia. She also previously served as co-chair of the board of directors of the Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA) and co-chair of the Climate and Energy Funders Group, a project of the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity. Prior to her work in the field of environmental philanthropy, Heidi held positions with The Nature Conservancy and the Land Trust Alliance. She holds degrees from the University of Notre Dame and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.