Lukas Haynes

Executive Director, The David Rockefeller Fund

Lukas Haynes is the former Executive Director of the David Rockefeller Fund, a family foundation, where he oversaw all operations and grant-making programs for climate change solutions, criminal justice policy transformation, art for social impact and most recently, U.S. democracy promotion and election protection.

Previously, Haynes was New York director and program officer for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, vice president of the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and a member of the U.S. State Department Policy Planning Staff. His publications have appeared in The New York Times, The Economist, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, and the Journal of Comparative Strategy.

Haynes is also a governing board director of the Clara Lionel Foundation, Sepsis Alliance and Independent Diplomat. He serves on the advisory boards of the Center for Climate and Security, the Protect Our Winters Advocacy Fund and he is a trustee of Lulu’s Fund, devoted to preschool financial aid in memory of his late daughter.


Non-family Staff Peer Network: Discussion with Leading Executive Directors

Posted on August 12, 2021 by Rachel Leon, Jamie Allison, Denise Porche, Kim Wright, Lukas Haynes, Steve Toben

Join your peers to engage in small-group dialogue with three accomplished executive directors: Jamie Allison, Walter and Elise Haas Fund; Rachel Leon, Park Foundation; and Lukas Haynes, The David Rockefeller Fund. We will begin with a brief panel to get to know each speaker. Then we will split into three small groups, facilitated by one of this network’s co-chairs, to… Read More

The Evolution of Family Philanthropy: The DR Fund Shares Lessons Learned from 30 Years of Giving

Posted on October 1, 2020 by Camilla Rockefeller, David Rockefeller, Jr., Nicholas A. Tedesco, Lukas Haynes

Philanthropy is an ever-evolving effort—as the world and family shifts, so too must a family’s philanthropy. This nimbleness and ability to adapt is a hallmark of the Rockefeller family, and The David Rockefeller Fund’s 30 year history reflects the fact that while change is inevitable and necessary, it can remain rooted in the values and legacy of family. This discussion… Read More
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The David Rockefeller Fund’s Executive Director Lukas Haynes Featured on the That Got Me Thinking Podcast

Posted on May 24, 2018 by Lukas Haynes

Listen to the David Rockefeller Fund’s Executive Director Lukas Haynes in conversation with Ellie Newman, host of That Got Me Thinking podcast, during a live radio KDPI interview in Sun Valley, Idaho. In the interview, Lukas talks about David Rockefeller’s philanthropic giving and the values and program priorities of Rockefeller’s 5th generation family foundation. … Read More