Sundaa Bridgett-Jones (F'93)

Sundaa Bridgett-Jones, Director, Global Policy & Advocacy, The Rockefeller Foundation

Sundaa Bridgett-Jones leads The Rockefeller Foundation’s support of policy innovations on pressing international development issues including climate change, development financing in fragile states, and the rise of China. Prior to this portfolio, she led a global resilience initiative to transform humanitarian and development aid delivery in Africa and Asia, and oversaw the development of a City Resilience Index.

Bridgett-Jones has over 20 years of experience designing and executing high-impact global initiatives. She previously led the Office of Policy Planning and Public Diplomacy at the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor in groundbreaking advocacy on Internet and religious freedoms. As a member of the White House National Security Staff inter-agency committee, she launched the development of the Open Government Partnership, a featured public private partnership spearheaded by the Obama administration and the government of Brazil.

Previously, Bridgett-Jones managed C-suite affairs at the United Nations Department of Political Affairs and devised preventive diplomacy plans in South Asia. She was a member of the U.S. Foreign Service in the Middle East, Southern Africa, and Central Asia — her final assignment was as the USAID Representative to Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, Iraq, where she set up the first Transitional National Assembly.

Bridgett-Jones is the recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. She holds an M.A. in public and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, and a bachelor's degree in international affairs from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Bridgett-Jones will be featured on The Power of Our Dollars:Corporate Social Responsibility panel with Adrian Mebane (C'91), Ernest Tuckett (C’92 L’95), Jason White (B'99), and Laetitia Morrisson (G'11)