Heather Grady is a vice president in the San Francisco office of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and leads the organization’s strategy and program development in global philanthropy, including collaboratives, global programs, and research. She drives thought leadership through efforts like the SDG Philanthropy Platform and the Scalable Solutions initiative.
Grady also serves as an adjunct professor at the China Global Philanthropy Institute. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and has authored numerous publications.
Her philanthropic advising has been shaped in part by two decades living in countries in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, managing long-term development and humanitarian programs for Oxfam Great Britain and Save the Children focused on a range of themes including education, livelihoods, gender equality, health, agriculture and microfinance.
Following her time outside the US she served as the managing director of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative, a decade-long partnership between Columbia University, The Aspen Institute, and the International Council on Human Rights Policy founded by former Irish President Mary Robinson. During this period she was as an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. In 2010 she joined the Rockefeller Foundation as vice president for foundation initiatives.
She 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 the Wildlife Justice Commission, and is a member of the WEF Global Future Council on International Governance, Public-Private Cooperation and Sustainable Development.