Rockefeller Family Fund Names Julie Fernandes Associate Director for Institutional Accountability and Individual Liberty
The Rockefeller Family Fund is pleased to announce that Julie Fernandes has joined the Fund as associate director for institutional accountability and individual liberty. At an increasingly troubling time for our democracy, Julie’s leadership comes at a critical moment. She has a compelling set of experiences that are well-suited to RFF’s brand of creative, advocacy-based philanthropy, having held key positions in government, including the White House and the Justice Department, the advocacy community, and in philanthropy.
Most recently, Julie served as the Open Society Foundation’s director for Voting Rights & Democracy. Prior, she worked as a deputy assistant attorney general in the civil rights division in the Obama administration and as Special Assistant for Domestic Policy to President Clinton. She also served as the senior counsel and senior policy analyst at the Leadership Conference for Civil & Human Rights, one of the nation’s leading civil rights organizations.
“I am thrilled to join the innovative and dynamic team at RFF at such a critical time in the fight to protect and strengthen our democracy,” said Ms. Fernandes. “I look forward to working with my new colleagues to develop, support, and promote projects that bolster core democratic ideals and institutions, such as protecting the right to vote, ensuring the drawing of fair electoral maps, and supporting independent journalism and courts.”
Julie’s understanding of how to get the best out of all three sectors—government, advocacy, and philanthropy—whether working with them independently or collaboratively, makes her a great fit for RFF and we are excited to have her join the team.