Penny Fujiko Willgerodt Executive Director

Penny Fujiko Willgerodt Executive Director

Penny Fujiko Willgerodt is the executive director of The Prospect Hill Foundation.  Penny started her career in philanthropy at the Ms. Foundation for Women in 1987; joined the Joyce Mertz-Gilmore Foundation as a program officer in 1990; and the Rockefeller Family Office in the fall of 1999. Part of the start-up team to create Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, she served as vice president until the fall of 2008 when she joined The Prospect Hill Foundation.  Shortly after Hurricane Katrina, Penny co-founded with Monique Harden, Michelle DePass and Marni Rosen, the Gulf Coast Fund for Community Renewal and Ecological Health, a funder collaborative initially housed at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. Among other boards, she served as board president of the Weeksville Heritage Center and was a founding member and former chair of the New York Youth Justice Initiative. Currently, Penny is a board advisor to Prison Watch Sierra Leone and board chair of Clean and Healthy New York. She graduated cum laude from Yale College with a B.A. in East Asian Studies and holds a M.A. in secondary school education from Teachers College, Columbia University.