People in the News (01/19/2020): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (01/19/2020): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The Bainum Family Foundation in Bethesda, Maryland, has announced DAVID DANIELS, its former chief operating officer, has its new CEO and president. Daniels has been part of the foundation team since 2012, serving in a variety of leadership roles. As COO, he oversaw the implementation and operational activities for all programs and initiatives and served as internal leader of the organization, promoting a high-performing culture that fostered the foundation’s core values of continuous learning, integrity, collaboration, and commitment. Prior to joining the foundation, Daniels served as principal of Takoma Academy in Takoma Park, Maryland; Mount Vernon Academy in Mount Vernon, Ohio; and Liberty Christian Academy in Columbus, Ohio.

Seattle-based Vulcan Inc., the primary vehicle behind the late Paul G. Allen's philanthropic initiatives, has appointed JOHN W. BERNSTEIN as chief financial officer. Bernstein joins Vulcan after five years as chief operating officer at the Ford Foundation. Prior to joining Ford, Bernstein helped to create and then served as  founding president of the Leon Levy Foundation and spent more than a decade with the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. He started his management career at the New York Public Library and has continued to volunteer in foundation and cultural communities throughout the country.

The Ballmer Group, the primary vehicle for the philanthropy of former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer and his wife, Connie, has announced CYNARA LILLY as its executive director of advocacy and communications. Prior to joining the organization, Lilly was a principal at RALLY, an issue advocacy firm that works at the intersection of strategic communications and public policy.

The Rockefeller Foundation in New York City has announced that WILLIAM ASIKO, former executive director of Grow Africa, an agricultural development partnership between the World Economic Forum, the African Union and NEPAD that works to accelerate private sector investment in African agriculture, has joined the foundation as managing director of its Africa regional office. In that role, Asiko will oversee all Africa regional operations for the foundation from the Nairobi office. Prior to his role at Grow Africa, Asiko spent twenty years with the Coca-Cola Company in several positions in the United States, the United Kingdom, Kenya, Morocco and South Africa. In 2007, he was appointed president of the Coca- Cola Africa Foundation in Johannesburg, South Africa, managing programs in more than thirty countries across Africa until 2013.

The Open Society Foundations have announced the appointment of DANIELLE TORAIN as the new director of the Open Society Institute-Baltimore. A graduate of the University of Richmond and the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, Torain worked in the Baltimore Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, leading a citywide initiative to strengthen systems of support for incarcerated youth, and has worked on local jobs programs with the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development. She also served as senior director of strategy and development at the Center for Urban Families and spent four years at the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Baltimore Civic Site, leading its place-based strategies in workforce development and economic inclusion, community capacity building, and resident leadership.

DOUGLAS L. FOSHEE has begun a two-year term as chair of the Houston Endowment board of directors. A member of the board since 2010, Foshee is chief executive officer of Sallyport Investments, LLC, and a former chair, president, and chief executive officer of El Paso Corporation. He previously served as chief financial officer and chief operating officer at Halliburton and as chairman/CEO at Nuevo Energy Company and Torch Energy Advisors and currently serves on the boards of Marathon Oil Company, the Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation, and NextOp, Inc., a veterans organization he co-founded.

The board of the Detroit-based McGregor Fund has announced the election of RICHARD L. ROGERS as chairperson. First elected to the board in 2013, Rogers will succeed REUBEN A. MUNDAY, who is retiring after eight years of board service. Rogers recently retired as president of the College for Creative Studies, where, over twenty-five years, he led a major transformation, doubling enrollment with the addition of several new undergraduate degree programs and its first graduate programs; increasing its physical footprint five-fold with an expansion of its main campus and the acquisition and repurposing of the 760,000-square-foot historic Argonaut Building; co-founding Design Core Detroit, an economic development office supporting designers and design-driven businesses; and helping recruit to Detroit the headquarters of Shinola. During his tenure, CCS also made community engagement a core part of its mission, bringing art education to more than three thousand students annually as well as permanent public art projects and public programming to neighborhoods around the city.

The George Gund Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio, has elected MARGARET BERNSTEIN, director of advocacy and community initiatives at WKYC Channel 3, as one of its two Cleveland trustees. A Los Angeles native and reporter, editor, and columnist for The Plain Dealer from 1989 to 2013, Bernstein earned a 2016 Emmy for her #WeReadHere campaign at WKYC, which encouraged parents to read every day with their children.

The Schott Foundation for Public Education, a national public fund that serves as an intermediary between philanthropic partners and advocates working to provide all students an opportunity to learn, has announced EDGAR VILLANUEVA as its senior vice president of programs and advocacy. The author of the acclaimed book Decolonizing Wealth, Villanueva leads Schott’s program team, building collaborations with grantees and philanthropic partners that empower and strengthen the grassroots movement for education justice. 

Following a national search, the Cleveland Museum of Art has announced the appointment of COLLEEN RUSSELL CRISTE as deputy director and chief philanthropy officer. A native of Bucks County, Criste comes to CMA from Los Angeles, where she served in a consulting role with nonprofits and cultural organizations across Southern California. She also recently led development and membership programs for Southern California Public Radio, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Prior to her roles in Los Angeles and New York City, she spent thirteen years with the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.

In other news, Strada Education Network, a national social impact organization dedicated to forging new pathways between education and employment, has announced that STEPHEN GOLDSMITH, former mayor of Indianapolis, will join its leadership team as a senior strategic advisor. Goldsmith served two terms as mayor (1991-2000) and in that role developed a national reputation for building innovative public-private partnerships. He currently serves as director of the Innovations in Government Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he leads Data-Smart City Solutions, a project that combines cutting-edge technologies and data analytics to reshape the relationship between government and citizen, and the Project on Municipal Innovation, a platform for cities’ staff to share innovative policy ideas that increase efficiency and improve the lives of citizens, and is the Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government.  

"Bainum Family Foundation Appoints David Daniels as CEO and President." Bainum Family Foundation News Release 01/13/2020. "John W. Bernstein Joins Vulcan Inc. as Chief Financial Officer." Vulcan Inc. News Release 01/14/2020. "Introducing Cynara Lilly, Executive Director of Advocacy and Communications." Ballmer Group News Release 01/10/2020. "William Asiko Joins the Rockefeller Foundation as Managing Director of Africa Regional Office." Rockefeller Foundation News Release 01/10/2020. "Open Society Institute–Baltimore Announces New Director." Open Society Foundations Press Release 01/14/2020. "Douglas L. Foshee Named Chair, Houston Endowment Board of Directors." Houston Endowment News Release 01/16/2020. "Richard L. Rogers Elected McGregor Fund Board Chairperson." McGregor Fund Press Release 01/14/2020. "Margaret Bernstein Named Trustee of the George Gund Foundation." George Gund Foundation Announcement 01/07/2020. "Schott Foundation Names Edgar Villanueva as Senior Vice President." Schott Foundation for Public Education Press Release 01/16/2020. "Colleen Russell Criste Appointed Deputy Director and Chief Philanthropy Officer at the Cleveland Museum of Art." Cleveland Museum of Art Press Release 01/07/2020. "Former Mayor of Indianapolis Joins Strada Education Network." Strada Education Network Press Release 01/16/2020.