Andrea M. Dobson, C.P.A..
Chief Operating & Financial Officer

Why Arkansas: Arkansas is one of the best kept secrets around. It’s full of enormous potential, committed people, and great natural resources. Why not Arkansas?

Best Advice I've been given: The only person you can change is you, and I don't have all the answers.

I chose philanthropy because: Devoting my skills and energy to mission driven work is fulfilling. Even the mundane has purpose.

Proudest Moments: Watching each of my children succeed at the things they love most gives me joy.

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As the chief operating and financial officer of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation (WRF), Andrea oversees the investment, finance, accounting, human resources, operating, and information technology functions of the Foundation. Andrea is responsible for ensuring WRF generates sufficient revenue to achieve its programmatic objectives and maintains good stewardship of its financial resources. Andrea leads the Foundation’s efforts in mission investing and provides support to the Finance and Audit Committees of the Board. She is committed to addressing the issues related to poverty, racial and social justice, education, and community development, particularly through sound fiscal policies and transparency.

Before joining the WRF team in 2000, Andrea was the senior vice president and chief financial officer of Central Maryland Farm Credit Agricultural Credit Association. Her areas of expertise include strategic planning, investment oversight, and financial governance. Andrea is a Certified Public Accountant with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. In addition to her work at WRF, Andrea currently serves on the boards of the Neighborhood Funders Group, the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund, the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts Foundation, the International Funders for Indigenous Peoples, and the Audit Committee for the Southeastern Council of Foundations.

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