Judith Rodin has served as president of the Rockefeller Foundation (RF) since 2005.
Rodin graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in psychology and went on to earn a Ph.D. from Columbia University. Trained as a research psychologist, Rodin made important contributions to the fields of behavioral medicine and health psychology. Her research included work on eating disorders, aging, and women’s health.
Following the completion of her Ph.D., Rodin accepted a professorship at Yale University in 1972. Rodin remained at Yale until 1994, holding a number of positions, including Chair of the Department of Psychology, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and University Provost.
In 1994 Rodin was named President of the University of Pennsylvania. She was the first woman chosen to lead an Ivy League institution. While at the University of Pennsylvania, Rodin worked to improve its institutional ranking and raised funds for important ventures, including research, the establishment of new institutes, renovations and construction. She also developed significant relationships between the university and the city of Philadelphia. Rodin encouraged projects in urban renewal and formed civic and university partnerships, including the development of a cooperative program between the Wharton School of Business and small businesses in the Philadelphia area.
Since coming to the RF, Rodin has focused the organization on programs designed to achieve resilience and equality. Resilience programs include efforts to help communities overcome global challenges, such as softening the impact of climate change in Asian cities or rural Africa and building sustainable mass transportation in American cities. Programs focused on equality are designed to ensure that all peoples, including the world’s poor, reap the rewards of globalization.