Donna Dean (MBA 1978) Chief Investment Officer, The Rockefeller Foundation (New York) – past winner of Kenan-Flagler MBA Alumni Award
Donna Dean joined the Rockefeller Foundation in 1995. As Chief Investment Officer, Ms. Dean is responsible for investing the Foundation’s $3.5 Billion endowment.
Prior to joining the Rockefeller Foundation, Ms. Dean spent seven years at Yale University, where she served as director of investments, with responsibility for real estate as well as oversight of the New Haven Initiative community investment program. From 1984 to 1987, she worked for CIGNA Investments in Hartford, where she managed real estate portfolios in the southeastern United States. From 1978 to 1984, she was with International Paper Company in New York, where she served as manager of trust investments and oversaw the company’s pension and employee benefit funds.
Ms. Dean began her career in the national lending division at the Charlotte headquarters of what is now Bank of America. Ms. Dean is a trustee of Harbor Funds and also serves on the board of trustees and chairs the investment committee of Queens University of Charlotte. She is a member of the pension advisory committee of the New York Stock Exchange.
Ms. Dean received a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina, and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she received a Morehead Fellowship.