Adam Liebling joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in 2019 as director of grants management. In this role he oversees and leads continuous improvements of the Foundation’s grantmaking processes and systems, and advises leadership and staff on all aspects of grants management. Liebling leads a team of 15 that ensures optimal proposal and grant operations for an annual grant portfolio totaling over $500 million.
Liebling believes that the “how” of grantmaking can be as important as the “what.” “How a philanthropy operates should reflect that organization’s mission, principles, and aspirations,” he says. “Aligning practices with values is the critical component in building strong relationships between foundations and grantees that will help us achieve a Culture of Health.”
Prior to joining the Foundation, Liebling held senior grants management roles at the American Jewish World Service, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, and Carnegie Corporation of New York. He has also served on boards and committees of PEAK Grantmaking, a membership organization of nearly 4,000 grants management professionals dedicated to advancing equitable, value-based practices in philanthropy.
Liebling and his wife enjoy cooking, live music, and their cat, Theodorable Buttingtons.