Lukas Haynes is a private donor advisor, a visiting distinguished fellow at Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and the former chief executive officer of the David Rockefeller Fund, a grantmaking foundation in the United States where he focused for 7 years on climate change solutions, civic engagement, justice system transformation and art for social impact. He oversaw the foundation’s divestment from fossil fuels and mission-aligned investing policy as an institutional member of the UN-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance. He is also a distinguished fellow at The Stimson Center Environmental Security Program.
Previously, Haynes was vice president of the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New York director and peace/security program officer for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and a fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. From 2000-01, he served on the Policy Planning Staff of the U.S. State Department. In the late 1990’s, Haynes held positions at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the International Crisis Group and Oxfam GB, where he worked in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Bosnia. He earned a master’s degree in International Relations at Oxford University.
In addition to the Clara Lionel Foundation, Haynes sits on the governing boards of Independent Diplomat, Sepsis Alliance and Just Detention International. He serves on the advisory board of the Council on Strategic Risks’ Center for Climate and Security and he is a trustee of Lulu’s Fund, devoted to preschool financial aid in memory of his late daughter.