Adrienne Dreiss Ropp has been actively involved with her family’s philanthropy for over a decade, and currently serves as the Vice President of the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation, an organization founded by her grandparents. The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation works to address large-scale sustainability issues in the state of Texas. She also serves on the advisory board for the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston, an innovative program committed to cultivating collaboration among the performing, visual, and literary arts.
For many years, Adrienne was also a member of The Philanthropy Workshop’s Energy Collaborative, a group of donors who worked together to promote sustainable energy services for poverty alleviation in the developing world; this work sparked a passion for supporting social entrepreneurs.
Previously, she worked as the Program Director for the Alliance of Civilizations Media Fund and for Cinereach, two organizations committed to promoting cross-cultural understanding through the power of film. Prior to her work in the non-profit sector, she had a career as an actor, working at many top theatre companies, including The Old Globe, Yale Rep, Milwaukee Rep, The Huntington Theatre, The Wilma Theatre, Santa Fe Stages, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and Theatre for a New Audience.
Adrienne received her MFA from the Yale School of Drama in 1999, and holds both a BFA in Acting and a BA in French Literature from Boston University