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Kiisha Morrow Appointed as Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s First-ever Chief People and Culture Officer

New York, Sept. 20, 2022 - The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation today announced the appointment of Kiisha Morrow as the foundation’s first-ever chief people and culture officer. Morrow, who brings extensive expertise to the role from the legal and social impact sectors, will oversee all human resources operations and workplace culture initiatives—leading the foundation’s commitment to a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment where all employees can thrive, contribute and succeed.

“Kiisha’s leadership in stewarding our most precious asset—our people—arrives at a moment of pivotal opportunity,” said Sam Gill, CEO and president of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. “We are in the midst of revolutionary changes in the workplace—many of them for the better. Kiisha will play a chief role in helping us emerge from this turbulent period stronger than ever.” 

Morrow comes to her new post from Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, where she began her career as an attorney and was most recently the head of diversity and inclusion for more than 16 years. In this capacity, she provided strategic direction for all diversity, equity and inclusion matters, including leading multiple initiatives focused on the firm’s talent management processes.

“At a time when creativity, equity and sustainability have the power to transform our society as a whole, I can think of no better place to work than the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation,” said Morrow. “The entire foundation enterprise is devoted to driving impact—impact that starts from within. I am delighted to join this wonderful community where I will contribute to the efforts that center the experiences of our staff and propel us forward in our work.”

Morrow also serves as the inaugural co-president of the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance and sits on the boards of both the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation and Community Change. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College and a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School.

Her first day with the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation will be October 17, 2022.

About the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of people’s lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, child well-being and medical research, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke’s properties. The foundation’s mission, grantmaking programs, museums and centers operate through several related philanthropies, including the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art and the Duke Farms Foundation. Together, the Doris Duke organizations support the well-being of people and the planet for a more creative, equitable and sustainable future. To learn more, visit

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