Melissa Berman, founding president and CEO of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, and Olga Tarasov, director, knowledge development, at RPA, will speak with Penta senior writer Abby Schultz about what’s going on with philanthropy today and a tool they’ve developed to guide donors in being more effective.

Fri, Jun 24, 2022 · 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) (GMT -4:00)
Abby Schultz
Senior Writer, Barron's Penta
Abby Schultz is a senior writer for Penta, a Barron’s Group publication for wealthy individuals and families covering wealth management and philanthropy, as well as trends in collecting and owning art and wine, among other luxury goods. She joined Barron’s in October 2014 as the Penta Wealth Management Editor for Barron’s Asia in Hong Kong.

Abby covered the credit markets and money management industry for Dow Jones newswires in New York before freelancing and consulting for several years mostly on personal finance and other business and financial topics. Before rejoining Dow Jones, she was an editor in Hong Kong at IFR Asia, a Thomson Reuters publication focused on the capital markets.
Melissa Berman
Founding President and CEO, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
Melissa Berman is the founding President and CEO of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc., an innovative nonprofit philanthropy service launched by the Rockefeller family in 2002. Over the last two decades Ms. Berman has led RPA’s growth into one of the world’s largest philanthropic service organizations and has facilitated more than $3 billion in grantmaking to nearly 70 countries. RPA also serves as a fiscal sponsor for more than 90 projects, providing governance, management, and operational infrastructure to support their charitable purposes. Melissa holds a B.A. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. She’s proud to have majored in Folklore and Mythology.
Olga Tarasov
Director of Knowledge Development, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
Olga Tarasov leads Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors' knowledge development efforts, overseeing and advancing research, publications, and both internal and external programs. She also leads major thought leadership programs, including the Theory of the Foundation and Time Horizon initiatives, which seek to build knowledge and catalyze collaboration within the philanthropic sector. Olga holds a Master of Arts, International Affairs from Georgetown University and a B.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University.