Eileen Rockefeller Growald is the great-granddaughter of John D. Rockefeller, Sr., the founder of Standard Oil Company. She co-founded the Growald Family Fund and has been involved with a number of other left-of-center nonprofit organizations.
Growald’s great-grandfather, John D. Rockefeller, Sr., was the founder of Standard Oil Company and became America’s first billionaire.  Growald’s father, David Rockefeller, controlled Chase Manhattan bank for more than ten years and was the last surviving grandson of Rockefeller, Sr. before his death in 2017. 
Growald attended Middlebury College and earned a B.A. in 1974 and a M.A. from Lesley College in 1976.  In 2013, Growald published Being a Rockefeller, Becoming Myself, a memoir of her experience growing up within a prominent family. In 2017, she published Space Between: Selected Poems, a collection of original poems. 
In 1981, Growald founded the Institute for the Advancement of Health, an organization focused on the mind and body interactions related to health.  She also co-founded the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) in 1994. 
Growald was also a founding chair of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, a charitable advisory organization for left-leaning grantmakers founded in 2000.  Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors’ 2018 tax returns show that the organization received more than $199 million in contributions and grants. The organization also contributed more than $106 million in grants to a number of left-of-center organizations including $500,000 to Planned Parenthood, $450,000 to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and more than $7 million to New Venture Fund. 
In 2007, Growald, along with her husband, Paul Growald, founded the Growald Family Fund, which advances a left-of-center environmentalist agenda by investing in environmentalist energy sources.  According to the organization’s 2018 tax returns, the Growald Family Fund received more than $11 million in contributions and grants. The organization also distributed more than $10,000 in grants to Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and $100,000 to the World Wildlife Fund.