Heather Grady joined the Rockefeller Foundation in 2010. As Vice President for Foundation Initiatives, she sets strategic direction for the Foundation's broad initiatives of grantmaking and oversees all initiatives in execution, aligning grantmaking with the Foundation’s mission to expand more equitable growth opportunities and build resilience. She provides vision, leadership and direction to the Foundation's program staff, a diverse group of professionals working in the US, Asia and Africa.
Prior to joining the Rockefeller Foundation, Ms. Grady was the Managing Director of Realizing Rights: the Ethical Globalization Initiative, founded by former Irish President Mary Robinson. There she managed strategy and operations, and helped lead programs on employment, climate justice, corporate responsibility and women’s leadership. Ms. Grady has managed development and humanitarian programs in East Asia, the Middle East and Africa for nearly two decades with Oxfam Great Britain and other international organizations.
She has written and taught on international development, human rights, and climate change, and served as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia. She is conversant in Vietnamese and Chinese.
Ms. Grady received a bachelor’s degree from Smith College and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University.