People in the News (01/12/2020): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (01/12/2020): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The Nathan Cummings Foundation in New York City has announced that SHARON ALPERT is stepping down this month as its president and CEO. In her four years as president and CEO, Alpert led the NCF board to the decision to align 100 percent of the foundation’s assets with its mission and convinced the board to increase the foundation’s payout so more resources go to movement building organizations that are defending democracy and frontline organizations fighting to halt the climate crisis and bring about the Green New Deal. Under her leadership, the foundation also launched a revised for its work in Israel and reaffirmed its commitment to intergenerational philanthropy and fourth-generation leadership. In a memo to colleagues, Alpert said she was leaving the foundation to pursue “a new path….[focused on] social justice for people and the planet,” adding that she was “honored to have served as NCF’s first female president and grateful to the board for the incredible opportunity to lead an organization whose values [she holds] so dear.” Following her departure, the board will partner with the senior leadership team to provide oversight of the foundation’s grantmaking and operations and will be sharing information in the coming weeks about a national search for Alpert’s successor.

The board of directors of the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation in Palm Desert, California, has announced the appointment of CHRISTOPHER M. McGUIRE as president and chairman of the board, CATHARINE N. REED as vice president of charitable programs, and JOSEPH K. GLASSETT as vice president of finance. DOUGLASS A. VANCE will continue to serve the foundation as vice president of the real estate division, a position he has held since 1993. The changes were unanimously approved by the foundation’s board prior to the passing, in November, of RONALD M. AUEN, who had served as president and chairman of the board since 1988. McGuire joined the foundation’s executive team as vice president of programs and was elected to its board in 1991. Reed, who has more than twenty years’ experience as a program officer with nonprofit foundations, will give up her post as the foundation’s program director, which she held for eleven years; she has been a member of the foundation’s board since 2008. Glassett was hired by the foundation in 2018 and has more than thirty-five years of finance and business experience. And Vance, a licensed California real estate agent with expertise in acquiring assets, is entering his twenty-seventh year as the foundation’s vice president of real estate. About 80-percent of the foundation’s giving is concentrated in the Coachella Valley, where it has been based since 1996.

The board of directors of Foundations Community Partnership, a grantmaking foundation supporting the behavioral health and human service needs of children and young adults in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, has announced that TOBI BRUHN, Ed.D., CFRE will take on the role of executive director in April upon the retirement of RON BERNSTEIN, who founded the organization thirteen years ago. Bruhn comes to FCP from Bucks County Community College (BCCC), where he served as vice president of advancement and executive director of foundation and alumni relations and was an adjunct professor. He began his career at BCCC as coordinator of development projects and subsequently was appointed executive director of the college’s foundation and alumni association.

The Council on Foundations in Washington, D.C., has announced the appointment of BRENNAN GOULD, MAE HONG, and PETER LAUGHARN to its board of directors. Gould serves as president & CEO of the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, a grantmaking organization with a mission to drive positive, sustainable change in Charlottesville and its surrounding communities; Hong serves as vice president of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, a global nonprofit organization committed to helping donors achieve their vision of creating thoughtful, effective philanthropy; and Laugharn serves as president & CEO of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, a family foundation committed to supporting nonprofit organizations that help improve the lives of individuals living in poverty and experiencing disadvantage.

Baptist Health South Florida has announced the election of ROBERT BERRIN as chair of the Baptist Health Foundation board of directors. A Miami native, Berrin is president of Capital Realty Services, a full-service commercial real estate firm, and has been an active volunteer and supporter of community, charitable, and civic organizations, including service as board chair of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and on the dean’s advisory council at Florida International University's Wertheim College of Medicine.

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