TITLE: Program Associate, Sustainable Development
FUNDING AREAS: Climate change, clean energy, energy conservation
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PROFILE: Stephanie Bencivenga is a program associate for the Rockefeller Fund’s Sustainable Development program. Her official bio on the fund's website shares:
Prior to joining the RBF, Ms. Bencivenga worked in sustainability communications, where she helped develop environmental messaging campaigns for nonprofits and governmental agencies, and promoted local and national releases of environmental documentaries. She also co-founded and served as the executive director of the urban agriculture nonprofit Get Dirty NYC. Ms. Bencivenga is a graduate of Boston College, where she studied finance. She holds a Master of Public Administration, with a public policy concentration from Baruch College, where she graduated with the highest honors of Phi Alpha Alpha.
Bencivenga also puts her previous professional experience and education into context on her Linkedin page:
My master's program at Baruch College provided me with an understanding of the political, administrative and economic factors that help shape public policies, which have helped me become a more effective advocate for environmental issues. In addition to my research, urban sustainability and policy analysis courses, my program evaluation class has prepared me to evaluate the needs of organizations and their capacity to implement their missions.
Prior to graduate school, the focus of my career was on environmental communications and advocacy. At Futerra, an environmental public relations firm, my work included serving as lead researcher for the industry white paper "The Greenwash Guide" and helping to draft press releases and create key messaging for environmental non-profit and governmental campaigns such as 1Sky’s green job campaign and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. As an account executive at Fenton Communications, I served on the marketing team for the newly established clean energy department. My work primarily consisted of identifying and cultivating relationships with a strategic list of clean energy companies.
As a complement to my work in environmental communications, I have been an avid advocate for local and national environmental issues. I have worked with several community-based organizations to plan lectures and events to educate the public on topics such as energy efficiency and green urban planning. I have also organized rallies to advocate for stronger national and international environmental policies. Most recently, I founded an urban agriculture nonprofit that seeks to connect volunteers with urban farms and gardens in need of assistance in an effort to forge stronger community bonds and create a more sustainable city. I see my work within the community to be a rewarding and important step towards building a more sustainable New York City.