The Rockefeller Foundation Names Steve VanRoekel, Former White House Chief Information Officer, as Chief Operating Officer
NEW YORK, March 13, 2019 – The Rockefeller Foundation today announced that Steve VanRoekel has been named Chief Operating Officer of the Foundation after serving as interim COO since September 2018. In this role, Mr. VanRoekel will oversee the organization’s Operations, Human Resources, Organizational Performance, Information Technology, and Finance teams.
Since 2009, Mr. VanRoekel has served in a number of senior-level public sector roles including Chief Operating Officer of the Federal Communications Commission, where he oversaw all operational, technical, financial, and human resource aspects of the agency. He was later appointed the nation’s second Chief Information Officer by President Obama and tasked with driving savings and promoting innovation across the federal IT portfolio including upgrading the nation’s cyber security capabilities, creating new open data policies, fostering delivery of mobile services to citizens, consolidating data centers, and promoting the federal government’s transition to cloud computing.
“Steve is a singular talent. I have seen firsthand how Steve improves employee and partner experiences, modernizes organizations and delivers measurable results for those they serve,” said Dr. Rajiv J. Shah, president of The Rockefeller Foundation. “As our Foundation advances meaningful change in the areas of food and nutrition, community health, productive power, and economic mobility, Steve’s leadership will ensure we bring the latest advances in science, data, and finance to the mission of promoting the well-being of humanity throughout the world...