The former head of USAID, Rajiv Shah, has been tapped to be the new President of The Rockefeller Foundation. He will begin working in the new role on March 1st, when Judith Rodin, who has been leading the Foundation for the last 12 years, steps down.
Shah brings over 20 yars of experience in business, governance and philanthropy to his new role. Appointed as administrator by President Obama in 2009, he led the response to significant humanitarian crises including the Haitian earthquake in 2010 and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014. In the same year, he established the United States Global Development Lab to bring private and public sector partners together to work on developing innovative solutions to a wide array of challenges before leaving USAID to launch Latitude Capital, a private equity firm focused on power and infrastructure opportunities in Asia and Africa.
“The Board of Trustees couldn’t be more excited about the dynamism and experience that Raj Shah will bring to this great philanthropic institution,” said Dick Parsons, Chair of The Rockefeller Foundation’s Board.“Raj was the unanimous choice of the Trustees after a very competitive search process. Judith Rodin transformed The Rockefeller Foundation and positioned us as a global leader in innovative philanthropy. We can think of no better person than Raj Shah to lead the cutting-edge work of this institution going forward.”
As well as being the first Indian American to serve as the foundation’s President, at 43 years of age he is also the youngest.