Associate Corporate Secretary and Associate Director, Grants and Records Management
Bonnie Rivers is the Corporation's associate corporate secretary and associate director of grants and records management. Rivers, who joined the Corporation in 2011, is responsible for reviewing prospective grants for legal and compliance issues as well as keeping the Corporation’s grant-related policies and procedures up-to-date. She also implements and maintains the Corporation’s board portal. As of October 2014, Rivers has led the Corporation’s records department and is tasked with moving the Corporation to digital archiving to preserve its 100-year history and the future accomplishments of the Corporation and its grantees.
Rivers began her philanthropic career at the Rockefeller Foundation in 2003 as a program assistant in the foundation’s former creativity and culture program and in 2006, she moved to the office of grants management as a grants specialist. She served on the board of directors for the Grants Managers Network (GMN), the national affinity group for grants managers, from 2008 to 2011, and was cochair of the board in 2010 and 2011. She also cochaired GMN’s annual conference in 2013 and currently serves on GMN’s Conference Committee as a session designer and presenter. She formerly sat on the board of directors for Polyhymnia, a New York–based early music organization.
Bonnie received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Syracuse University and a Master of Science in nonprofit management from The New School's Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy.