Patricia Lee Rosenfield

Patricia Rosenfield

Title: President Foundation Officer
The Rockefeller Archive Center
New York, New York, United States

Patricia Lee Rosenfield, President Foundation Officer at Rockefeller Archive Center, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in philanthropy.

Dr. Rosenfield got into philanthropy due to her family background and her education. She comes from a very philanthropic family and growing up in that environment combined with being immersed in the Quaker education system inspired her to live a life service that is based on thinking of the good in people and believing in that goodness. She attended Bryn Mawr College and graduated cum laude with highest honors with a Bachelor of Arts in geology before earning a PhD in geography and environmental engineering. Dr. Rosenfield had opportunities to become a beneficiary of foundation fellowships and has had an opportunity to work closely with several foundations. She believes can make a difference by developing programs to help people and has spent her life and career doing so.

Throughout the course of her career, Dr. Rosenfield has worked in various leadership capacities. She worked with the World Health Organization for nearly a decade as an economist, secretary, scientific working group/steering committee member and leader as well as a social and economic researcher. Dr. Rosenfield notes that she has consistently wanted to work in areas that are under-addressed and is grateful to have spent her time with the World Health Organization, where she had the privilege of working with some fantastic leaders such as a man named Dr. Lucas. He was running the tropical disease program and developed the work on social sciences and tropical diseases, which was the first time that there had been a major global effort to do this.

Additionally, Dr. Rosenfield has spent a significant amount of time with the Carnegie Corporation of New York. With Dr. Lucas, she developed programs that made a real difference in maternal mortality and strove to improve science and technology policy with a focus on affecting positive change in locations such as African countries and the Caribbean. Her roles with the Carnegie Corporation include, but are not limited to, senior program officer, chair and special advisor to the vice president, director of the Carnegie Scholars Program, Carnegie Scholar and scholar-in-residence at the Rockefeller Archive Center and program director. Currently, Dr. Rosenfield serves as the foundation officer senior fellow of the Rockefeller Archive Center, a role she has held since 2012.

Sharing her knowledge with others, Dr. Rosenfield has edited “Interdisciplinary Research, New Edition,” published through Oxford University Press in 2008 and wrote, “Histories of Carnegie Corporations: 100 Years of Grant Making” published in 2014, among other articles for professional journals. What Dr. Rosenfield is focusing on now is looking at the ethical dimensions of international philanthropy. She has written two papers on the ethics of international philanthropy, is working on a third with a colleague on ethical dilemmas in international grantmaking and is writing a book based on her experiences. As a testament to her success, Dr. Rosenfield has been lauded with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and has been featured in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America and the 30th edition of Who’s Who in the World.

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