Marlene Hess served as board chair of the International Women’s Health Coalition from 2013 to 2019. She is a board vice chair of the Museum of Modern Art, Rockefeller University and Lincoln Center Theater, and serves on the boards of the American Museum of Natural History, the Metropolitan Opera, and Sesame Street Workshop.
Hess is an active member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on several of its task forces. She is a past member of Harvard University’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and of its Overseers’ Committee to Visit the College. She also served on the Capital Commitment Task Force of the New York City Partnership’s 9/11 Financial Recovery Fund to aid in the rebuilding of lower Manhattan.
Hess is the former Managing Director of Global Philanthropic Services at J.P. Morgan Private Bank. As the Director of Not-for-Profit Relations for Chase, she enhanced the bank’s philanthropic activities and formed extensive partnerships between corporate and non-profit sectors, including the award-winning “Child Vaccination Program” in collaboration with the Children’s Defense Fund and the New York City Department of Health. Hess is a graduate and former trustee of Mills College, California.