Sharon Percy Rockefeller

President & Chief Executive Officer at Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association, Inc.

Sharon Percy Rockefeller

Sharon Percy Rockefeller

President & Chief Executive Officer at Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association, Inc.

Biography

Sharon Percy Rockefeller has served the public media community for more than 40 years as a leader and policymaker. She has been president and CEO of WETA, Washington, D.C.’s flagship public media station, since 1989. Rockefeller, a 2019 National Medal of Arts recipient for her extraordinary leadership and advocacy in the arts and public media, continues to guide WETA to outstanding accomplishments in broadcasting, production, digital education resources, and civic engagement — all in support of the mission to promote lifelong learning. Before assuming the top post at WETA, she served on the WETA Board of Trustees for seven years, including three years as chairman; and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for 12 years, including four years as chairman. She was also a member of the Board of Directors of PBS for 19 years.

A graduate of Stanford University, Rockefeller is active in a number of areas including the arts, education, government, and women’s issues. She joined the National Gallery of Art’s Board of Trustees in 2005 and has served as chairman since 2013. She serves on the Board of Trustees of The Museum of Modern Art and is president of the museum’s International Council. She is a member of the Rockefeller Foundation Board and is a trustee emeritus of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Board. Rockefeller is a member of the National Academy of Medicine President’s Advisory Council and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is a member of the Federal City Council and a member and former chairman of the Stanford-in-Washington Council.

Rockefeller is a former member of the boards of Sibley Memorial Hospital and PepsiCo, Inc. She previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Rockefeller Family Office, and she was chair of the Rockefeller Cousins Association. She was a member of the Board of Trustees of The Phillips Collection, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Stanford University, the University of Chicago and The George Washington University; and she previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of Sotheby’s. Formerly, Rockefeller served as a member of the Kennedy Center Community & Friends Board, The Commission of the Smithsonian National Museum of American Art, the Harvard Art Museum’s Collections Committee, Smithsonian Associates and the Smithsonian American Art Commission.

She is married to retired West Virginia Senator John D. “Jay” Rockefeller IV. They have four children and eight grandchildren.

Overview
Career Highlights

PBS NewsHour
Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association, Inc.

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Number of Boards

22

Birthday

1944

Age

77

Number of Awards

2

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Interim Chief Operating Officer at Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association, Inc.

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Assistant Secretary to the Board at Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association, Inc.

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Co-Founder at The Carlyle Group, Inc.

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Managing Director at Edgemoor Investment Advisors, Inc.

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Founder at Ticor Mortgage Insurance Co.

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President & Chief Executive Officer at John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

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Co-Founder at Partnership for Public Service

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Co-Founder at American Farmland Trust

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Former Governor of West Virginia

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Managing Editor of Education at PBS NewsHour

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Global Director of Family Offices & Foundations at Addepar, Inc.

Addepar, Inc. provides platform for wealth management. Its solutions include RIA, family office, private bank, broker-dealer, and integrations. The company was founded by Jason Mirra and Joseph Lonsdale in 2009 and is headquartered in Mountain View, CA.

Education
Bachelor's Degree

Stanford University, located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, is one of the world's leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world.

Attendee

WEST VIRGINIA WESLEYAN COLLEGE CHALLENGES ITS STUDENTS TO A LIFE-LONG COMMITMENT TO DEVELOP THEIR INTELLECTUAL, ETHICAL, SPIRITUAL, AND LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL AND TO SET AND UPHOLD STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE. FIRMLY ROOTED IN THE LIBERAL ARTS TRADITION AND CLOSELY RELATED TO THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, THE COLLEGE IS A COMMUNITY OF LEARNING BASED ON FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES FORMED AT THE INTERSECTION OF CHRISTIAN FAITH AND LIBERAL EDUCATION: INTELLECTUAL RIGOR, SELF-DISCOVERY, HUMAN DIGNITY, MUTUAL SUPPORT, SOCIAL JUSTICE, SELF-DISCIPLINE, MENTAL AND PHYSICAL WELLNESS, THE APPRECIATION OF DIVERSITY AND THE NATURAL WORLD, AND THE JUDICIOUS USE OF RESOURCES. THE COLLEGE RECOGNIZES AND AFFIRMS ITS INTERDEPENDENCE WITH THE EXTERNAL COMMUNITIES-LOCAL, REGIONAL, NATIONAL, AND GLOBAL-AND ITS COVENANT WITH THE PEOPLE OF WEST VIRGINIA TO SHARE ITS EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL RESOURCES.

Attendee

EDUCATE EACH STUDENT FOR A LIFE OF PRODUCTIVE WORK, ENLIGHTENED LIVING AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT.

Memberships
Fellow
Current

Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is an independent policy research center that conducts multidisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems. The Academy’s elected members are leaders in the academic disciplines, the arts, business, and public affairs. With a current membership of 4,000 American Fellows and 600 Foreign Honorary Members, the Academy has four major goals: Promoting service and study through analysis of critical social and intellectual issues and the development of practical policy alternatives; Fostering public engagement and the exchange of ideas with meetings, conferences, and symposia bringing diverse perspectives to the examination of issues of common concern; Mentoring a new generation of scholars and thinkers through the Visiting Scholars Program and Hellman Fellowship Program; Honoring excellence by electing to membership men and women in a broad range of disciplines and professions. Click here to learn about our new members. The Academy's headquarters are in Cambridge, Massachusetts. With its geographically diverse membership, it conducts activities in this country and abroad

Career History
President & Chief Executive Officer
1989 - Current

Founded in 1961, WETA is the leading public broadcasting station in the nation’s capital, serving Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia with educational, cultural, news and public affairs programs and services.

President
Current

For 35 years, millions of Americans and citizens of the world have turned to the PBS NewsHour for the solid,

Vice President, Membership
Prior

The Federal City Council (FC2) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, membership-based organization dedicated to the advancement of civic life in the nation’s capital. Established in 1954, the FC2 recognizes that improvements in the District of Columbia’s social, economic and physical infrastructure require innovative, tireless work. They seek long-term solutions to complex, community-based problems that produce lasting change and a stronger D.C.

Boards & Committees
Member, Board of Directors
Prior - 2005

Sotheby's Holdings, Inc. is the parent company of Sotheby's worldwide live auction businesses, art-related financing and real estate brokerage activities. The Company operates in 34 countries, with principal salesrooms located in New York and London. The Company also regularly conducts auctions in 13 other salesrooms around the world, including Australia, Hong Kong, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Singapore. Sotheby's Holdings, Inc. is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, MI.

Director
1998 - Prior
Member, Board of Directors
1986 - 2015

PepsiCo, Inc. engages in the manufacture, marketing, distribution and sale of beverages, food, and snacks. It is a food and beverage company with a complementary portfolio of brands, including Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker, and Tropicana. It operates through the following business segments: Frito-Lay North America; Quaker Foods North America; PepsiCo Beverages North America; Latin America; Europe; and Africa, Middle East and South Asia The Frito-Lay North America segment markets, distributes, and sells snack foods under the Lay's, Doritos, Cheetos, Tostitos, Fritos, Ruffles, and Santitas brands. The Quaker Foods North America segment includes cereals, rice, and pasta under the Quaker, Aunt Jemima, Quaker Chewy, Cap'n Crunch, Life, and Rice-A-Roni brands. The PepsiCo Beverages North America segment consists of beverage concentrates, fountain syrups, and finished goods under various beverage brands such as Pepsi, Gatorade, Mountain Dew, Diet Pepsi, Aquafina, Diet Mountain Dew, Tropicana Pure Premium, Sierra Mist, and Mug. The Latin America segment covers beverage, food, and snack businesses in Latin America region. The Europe segment comprises of beverage, food, and snack goods in Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa regions. The Africa, Middle East and South Asia segment offers snack food products under the Lay's, Kurkure, Chipsy, Doritos, Cheetos, and Crunchy brands. The company was founded by Donald M. Kendall, Sr. and Herman W. Lay in 1965 and is headquartered in Purchase, NY.

Director
2006 - Prior

Public Broadcasting Service provides public broadcasting television services. They provide Television programming and related services to 356 noncommercial stations serving all 50 states, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa. It offers oversees program acquisition and provides program distribution and promotion, education services, new media ventures, fundraising support, engineering and technology development and video marketing services. The company was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Arlington, VA.

Chairman, Board of Directors
Prior - 1992

Corp. for Public Broadcasting provides broadcasting services. It enables the operations of locally-owned and -operated public television and radio stations. The firm offers fince for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television, and related online services. The company was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

Member, Board of Directors
Prior

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors is an American nonprofit company located in New York, NY, that provides research and counsel on charitable giving and develops philanthropic programs.

Non-Profit Donations & Grants

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$500 +
2018

The Museum of Modern Art exhibits modern and contemporary art. The organization was founded by Alfred H. Barr in 1929 and is located in New York, NY.

$100K - $250K
2018

National Gallery of Art is an organisation which serves to the United States of America in a national role by preserving, collecting, exhibiting, and fostering the understanding of works of art at the highest possible museum and scholarly standards.. The company was founded in 1937 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

$500 +
2017

The Museum of Modern Art exhibits modern and contemporary art. The organization was founded by Alfred H. Barr in 1929 and is located in New York, NY.

Political Donations
$2,500
2013

Former Senator from Colorado

$2,600
2013

Secretary of State at West Virginia Office of the Secretary of State

$2,600
2013

Senator from Massachusetts

Awards & Honors
2013
Washingtonian Magazine - 100 Most Powerful Women
2011
Washingtonian Magazine - 100 Most Powerful Women
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