Heather Grady


Heather Grady is a Vice President in the San Francisco team of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and leads the practice area of Environment and Climate Change, including a range of funder collaboratives, advisory engagements, and research. She co-founded and leads the Shifting Systems initiative that encourages funders to place longer-term, more adaptive funding with grantee partners to enable them to create systemic impact. She oversees a portfolio of over 40 sponsored projects in environment, climate change and cross-cutting rights issues, and advises individual philanthropists and foundations on issues from grantee selection to governance of funder collaboratives. Her perspectives and practice have been influenced by two decades living and working in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. She previously worked with the Rockefeller Foundation, Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative, and  Oxfam Great Britain. She publishes frequently on philanthropy themes, and is conversant in Chinese. She serves on the boards of the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, Dropbox Foundation, Wildlife Justice Commission, Forum for the Future, and Doc Society and is on the Advisory Council of Daughters for Earth. She holds degrees from Smith College and Harvard University and has served as an Adjunct Professor at the China Global Philanthropy Institute and the School for International and Public Affairs of Columbia University.