Richard F. McKeon

Program Director

Richard F. McKeon is the Program Director of the Education Program which focuses on national work in education at both the K-12 and higher education levels.  In this capacity, he leads a team that seeks to increase the number of American students who succeed in college and can compete in the global, 21st century marketplace.  The work includes: 1) support for college and career-ready standards for every graduating high school student; 2) support for teachers to help them transform their practice to help students meet the new, higher standards; 3) support for the transformation of teaching in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) courses at the university level to improve the retention of STEM majors; and 4) improving college graduation rates and excellence, leading to an increase in social mobility and international competitiveness.

Prior to his current role, he oversaw the Trust’s programs in education and conservation and a portfolio of health and medical research grants.  Before joining the Trust, Rich was a Director at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) where he led grantmaking programs for clients funding in education, youth development, healthcare and conservation.  He also provided high-level philanthropic advisory and strategic planning services to Fortune 500 companies and foundations.  Prior to RPA, Rich was Vice President and Community Relations Manager at Fleet/Bank of America where he led grantmaking programs for NYC and Westchester County in the areas of Education, Community and Economic Development, Youth Development and Arts and Culture.  Prior to his work in philanthropy, Rich spent ten years in bank management positions with Chase and Fleet.

Rich serves as Chair of the NYC Youth Board and also serves on the board of Youth Represent, an organization that provides free legal services to disadvantaged youth in NYC.  He co-chairs the Education Working Group for Philanthropy New York and is an active member of Grantmakers for Education.   Rich received his B.A. from Fairfield University, his M.B.A. from Fordham University and also attended Harvard University’s Educational Grantmakers’ Institute.