Geraldine F. Watson, Vice President for Finance & Operations, Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Confluence Board Member
Geraldine F. Watson is vice president for finance and operations at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. She was promoted to this position on October 1, 2006. This senior management position includes oversight of the finance, accounting, information technology, human resources, and operations functions for the RBF, as well as the Rockefeller Family Fund, the David Rockefeller Fund, and several of its affiliates.
Ms. Watson joined the RBF in 1994 as comptroller, directing the financial reporting responsibilities for the RBF, the RFF, the DRF, along with the Asian Cultural Council and the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. From 1989 through 1994, Ms. Watson was engaged as an independent consultant, providing financial and tax services to individuals, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations. Prior to 1989, Ms. Watson served as an audit manager with Price Waterhouse.
She currently chairs the board of Confluence Philanthropy, and serves as a board member and chair of the audit committee of Philanthropy New York. Ms. Watson also serves on the board of The Interchurch Center, chairs its finance committee, and is a member of its compensation and personnel committee. Ms. Watson received a B.S. from Fairfield University and attained her CPA classification shortly thereafter.
Amrita VK Vatsal, Managing Director, Business Development, Ecotrust Forest Management
Amrita joined EFM in 2011 and is a member of EFM’s management team. In this role she shapes the company’s growth and impact investment strategies managing new product development, investor recruitment, and strategic projects. She oversees the company’s communications, investor reporting, and impact monitoring program. As a member of EFM’s investment team Amrita also contributes to property sourcing, transaction structuring, conservation finance, and carbon project development. Prior to EFM, Amrita was an Assistant Manager with Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Singapore where she spent 8 years sampling Chinese-Malay vegetarian food. She cultivated a passion for financing the growth of environmental business while working for Piper Jaffray’s clean-tech banking group and consulting for cook stove entrepreneurs in West Africa. Her love for forests began during a stint in Indonesia developing a carbon project on 200,000 hectares of pristine tropical peat forest. Amrita is a Fellow of the Erb Institute and graduated from the University of Michigan with an MBA and an MS in Natural Resources. She was named the Journal of Environmental Investing’s Graduate Scholar in 2011 and co-authored the book Evolutions in Sustainable Investing Strategies.