Following a national search, the Minneapolis-based McKnight Foundation has announced NICHOL HIGDON as its new vice president of finance and operations. In that role, Higdon will oversee McKnight’s finance, human resources, information and technology, compliance, and reception and facilities departments and will work closely with the McKnight board, interim president Debby Landesman, and other senior leaders to steward the foundation's finances and advance its mission. Higdon comes to the foundation from the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, where she served as vice president of operations and executive director, and before that served as senior vice president of operations and chief operating officer for the YMCA of Greater Hartford and as executive vice president of operations and chief human resources officer for the YMCA of Greater Cleveland.
The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation in Morristown, New Jersey, has announced CAMILO MENDEZ as its new chief financial officer, succeeding CYNTHIA EVANS, who has served the foundation for twenty-five years, most recently as interim president and CEO. Mendez previously served as an investment officer, director of global investment and treasury, and then chief financial officer at Pro Mujer, an international women's organization committed to positively impacting the lives of its clients and their families. He also has worked for Oikocredit, where he was responsible for managing and growing a portfolio of equity investments in South America; BlueOrchard Finance, where he managed and established the firm's Latin America office in Peru; and Moody's Structured Finance, where he rated the financing of low-income construction in Mexico.
The Kresge Foundation in Troy, Michigan, has named CHANTEL RUSH as managing director of its American Cities Program, which supports pioneering research, knowledge exchange, intermediaries, and innovative solutions aimed at promoting effective community development practice. Rush joined the foundation in 2015 as special assistant to Kresge president and CEO Rip Rapson, was named the inaugural program officer of the American Cities effort in 2016, and was then promoted to the role of senior program officer. In her new role, she will continue to steward the program's place-based grantmaking in Memphis, Tennessee, New Orleans, Louisiana, and other cities across the country and will work alongside WENDY LEWIS JACKSON, managing director of Kresge’s Detroit Program, with both reporting to BENJAMIN KENNEDY, Kresge's vice president of place-based practice.
The Atlanta-based Latino Community Fund Georgia has announced the appointment of YOLANDA ROBLES, LUIS A. AVILA, and FRANK FERNANDEZ to its board of directors. Born in the Dominican Republic, Robles is the CEO and founder of CulturaLink and a member of the Joint Commission’s Long Term Care Advisory Council, the American Hospital Association’s Institute for Diversity in Health Management, and the National Forum for Latino Healthcare Executives and National Association of Healthcare Service Executives (NAHSE). An active community member, Avila is vice president of governance and compliance for Cox Enterprises whose honors include being named Business Leader of Color by Chicago United, Business Leader of the Year by the Chicago Latino Network, Out & Proud Corporate Counsel by the National LGBT Bar, and Top Lawyer Under 40 by the Hispanic National Bar Association. Senior vice president at the Arthur M. Blank Foundation, Fernandez has been honored in the past with the “Vision Award” from Austin-based Liveable City for his work creating HousingWorks, as well as the Non-Profit Leadership award from Austin Under 40 and Ernst and Young’s 2012 Social Entrepreneur of the Year award.
The Horizon Foundation in Columbia, Maryland, the largest independent health philanthropy in the state, has announced the appointment of GOPI SURI and MARK CISSELL to its board of trustees. An entrepreneur and seasoned technology executive, Suri is CEO of the Supriv Group, a strategic IT advisory firm, and is the founder and president of the Suri Foundation, which builds drinking water facilities, toilets, health and hygiene camps, and first aid centers in India and other parts of the developing world. Cissell is president and CEO of accounting, audit, and tax firm KatzAbosch and serves on the executive committee for Maryland Free, a nonpartisan political research and education organization focused on business and job growth, and as chair of the dean’s advisory board for the University of Baltimore’s Merrick School of Business. Both men will serve four-year terms on the eighteen-member board.
The board of directors of UNICEF USA has announced MICHAEL J. NYENHUIS as the New York City-based organization’s new president and CEO. Currently president and CEO of Americares, a position he has held since 2014, Nyenhuis previously served as CEO of the global nonprofit MAP International for thirteen years. A former journalist, he served on USAID’s Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid and chaired the board of the Integral Alliance, a global network of faith-based NGOs, and currently serves on the board of InterAction, the largest coalition of U.S.-based relief and development organizations working internationally, and the leadership council at Concordia, an organization and forum that promotes cross-sector partnerships for social impact.
In other news, the Geneva-based Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has announced the appointment of MICHAEL BYRNE as head of its Technical Advice & Partnerships Department. In that role, Byrne will oversee an expansion of TAP’s disease teams, a deepening of its partner engagement, and a ramping up of the technical advice and guidance it provides to the organization’s country teams. Byrne brings thirty years of experience in international development to his new role, including thirteen years at the Global Fund, where, since June, he has served as acting head of technical advice and partnerships in the Strategy, Investment and Impact Division. Before that, he led Grant Management’s High Impact Africa I Department, where he supervised portfolios that invested more than $2 billion in each three-year grant cycle.