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The Rockefeller Brothers Fund announced the appointment of Legal Defense Fund (LDF) President and Director-Counsel Janai Nelson to its board of trustees. The Rockefeller Brothers Fund is a private family foundation with a mission to advance social change that contributes to a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world.  Ms. Nelson made the following statement following her appointment. 

 “The Rockefeller Brothers Fund is one of the most respected philanthropic organizations in the world. The organization and its leadership have consistently  demonstrated  a willingness  to test the boundaries  of  philanthropy as a catalyst for change.  

I look forward to  collaborating with  the m embers of this dynamic board as we confront  an inflection point not just in the United States, but, around the world.  I  am particularly excited to apply my expertise in  civil rights, racial justice, and the advancement of democracy  to improve conditions globally.” 

Other new trustees appointed to the board are Carlos Alvarado Quesada, former president of Costa Rica; Robin Strawbridge, vice president of the Fleishhacker Foundation; and Henry Timms, president and CEO of Lincoln Center. 


About the Legal Defense Fund: Founded in 1940, the Legal Defense Fund (LDF) is the nation’s first civil rights law organization. In media attributions, please refer to us as the Legal Defense Fund or LDF. Please note that LDF has been completely separate from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) since 1957—although LDF was originally founded by the NAACP and shares its commitment to equal rights.