Seasoned executive Latanya Mapp Frett named Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors’ new CEO

BY Preta Peace Namasaba October 19, 2023 12:40 AM EDT
Latanya Mapp Frett. Photo credit: Latanya Mapp Frett

Latanya Mapp Frett has been named as the next Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) President and CEO. Following an extensive global search, the RPA Board of Directors chose Frett as the ideal person to lead the organization through its upcoming chapter. From January 2024, she will lead one of the world’s largest philanthropic service organizations.

“I am honored to join RPA at a critical time for philanthropy worldwide. RPA’s worldwide platform is well positioned to help funders embrace and value the path to real, lasting change while opening ways for those most marginalized to ensure social change on their own terms.”

Latanya Mapp Frett

Frett will be responsible for more than $500 million in annual charitable donations by individuals, families, corporations, and foundations. She will also supervise approximately 90 projects fiscally sponsored by the organization, providing governance, management, and operational infrastructure to support their charitable objectives. Since 2002, RFA has dispatched over $3 billion in grantmaking in more than 70 countries.

With over two decades of experience creating meaningful change, Frett brings an accomplished social impact leadership portfolio to the nonprofit. Currently, she is the President and CEO of Global Fund for Women, a nonprofit foundation that supports and transforms gender justice movements. The leading funder of gender justice organizations, initiatives, and movements worldwide, Frett oversees the distribution of grants in over 175 countries.

Before that, she served as the Executive Director and Vice President, Global at Planned Parenthood. She led the creation and marketing of the Planned Parenthood Global brand and increased its budget by more than $ 50 million. Within four years, Frett quadrupled the size of the organisation’s international program, becoming one of the most innovative and sustainable global health organizations in the field.

For nine years, Frett served as the Director of USAID where she was in charge of the management and coordination of US assistance to various countries. She also worked as a Child Protection Officer at UNICEF and the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. Between 1994 and 1994, she volunteered with the Peace Corps in Lesotho.

Frett serves on the Board of Directors of Management Sciences for Health, Oxfam, and the Luminate Foundation. She is an Adjunct Professor of Population and Family Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and a former member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Frett is a recipient of the Superior Honor Award, the highest honor in civil service from the U.S. government.