People in the News (01/27/19): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (01/27/19): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The board of directors of the San Francisco-based Energy Foundation has announced the appointment of JASON MARK as chief executive officer, succeeding ERIC HEITZ, who recently departed the organization after twenty-eight years as CEO and co-founder. As chief executive officer, Mark will lead the organization’s operations, program strategy development, grantmaking, and partnerships, overseeing a staff of sixty-four people working to advance clean energy policies across the country. Prior to assuming the role of CEO, Mark served as the organization’s senior vice president of U.S. programs, managing a team of policy, public engagement, and communications experts who invest in diverse organizations nationally to drive clean energy action. He joined the organization in 2007 as director of its transportation program and then as deputy director of U.S. programs.

SHERYL MADDEN has been named deputy CFO and controller at the Kresge Foundation in Troy, Michigan. A certified public accountant, Madden joined Kresge in 2009 as controller and has more than twenty years of finance, accounting, investment, and tax and budget experience. In her newly expanded role, she will lead the foundation’s finance department, providing strategic direction while serving as a cross-functional partner with Kresge staff, leadership, and board.

The Public Welfare Foundation in Washington, D.C., has announced the appointment of JOHN BAE as director of its Criminal Justice program and GALIT LIPA as director of its Youth Justice program. Bae comes to the foundation from the Art for Justice Fund, a grantmaking initiative to reduce mass incarceration launched by Agnes Gund and implemented by the Ford Foundation and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, where he served as an advisor. Bae previously worked at the Vera Institute of Justice, where he was part of the team that launched Vera’s national public housing project, led its technical assistance to Second Chance Pell sites, facilitated the evaluation design of Renewing Communities in California, and provided technical assistance to the New York City Housing Authority. Lipa joins the foundation from the District of Columbia’s Public Defender Service, where she served as a supervising lawyer, representing people accused of serious felonies, including children being tried as adults. Prior to that, Galit was one of the original lawyers at the Three Strikes Project at Stanford Law School, where she engaged in a multi-pronged campaign to change California’s punitive three-strikes law. She started her career as a lawyer at Georgetown University Law Center’s Prettyman Fellowship Program, where she also taught and supervised law students in Georgetown’s Juvenile Justice Clinic.

The New York City-based Rockefeller Brothers Fund has announced PERRY CAMMACK as the director of its Peacebuilding program. A Middle East expert and foreign policy analyst with a distinguished career spanning the government, nonprofit, and academic sectors, Cammack joins the fund from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he was the principal architect of “Arab World Horizons,” a three-year project based on the premise that Middle East citizens and states must forge new social contracts to address the region's myriad challenges. Before that, Cammack worked as an advisor to then-Senators Joseph Biden and John Kerry on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (2003–13); served as a member of the policy planning staff of Secretary of State John Kerry (2013–15); and was an adjunct professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University (2014–18). He is, in addition, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

The Berggruen Institute in Los Angeles has announced the appointment of YAKOV FEYGIN as associate director of its new Future of Capitalism program, a new position, effective February 28, 2019. In that position, Feygin will be responsible for developing the research agenda, projects, initiatives, and partnerships for the Future of Capitalism program, a key part of the institute’s work to develop and promote long-term answers to the biggest challenges of the twenty-first century. Feygin comes to the institute, from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, where he was a fellow in History and Policy and managing editor of the Private Debt Project. He has a PhD in history from the University of Pennsylvania and has taught courses in international political economy, money and banking, and business history. He also has had fellowships from the Institute for New Economic Thinking, the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program, Harvard University, and the University of Pennsylvania.

The Massachusetts-based Nellie Mae Education Foundation, the largest philanthropic organization in New England focused exclusively on education, has announced the appointment of GISLAINE NGOUNOU as vice president, strategy and programs. In that role, Ngounou will oversee Nellie Mae’s grantmaking portfolio and shepherd the completion of its new strategic plan, to be announced later this year. Prior to joining Nellie Mae, Dr. Ngounou was chief program officer at Phi Delta Kappa International, where she designed and led efforts to provide meaningful professional support programs to leaders in school districts and other education-serving organizations.

New York City-based Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, a leading provider of nonprofit philanthropic consulting services, has announced the election of ANA MARIE ARGILAGOS and ANAND BABU to its board of directors. Argilagos is president and CEO of Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP), a network of foundations and philanthropists working to increase the power and influence of Latino communities across the Americas. Before joining HIP, she worked as a senior advisor at the Ford Foundation, where she focused on urban development strategies aimed at reducing poverty, expanding economic opportunity, and advancing sustainability in cities and regions across the world, and as deputy chief of staff and deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Babu leads Kernel, Google AI’s venture studio. She also co-founded Sidewalk Labs, the urban innovation arm of Alphabet, and served as COO there, leading its venture studio and incubating multiple companies, including Coord Mobility, Cityblock Health, and Replica. Prior to that, she was a director at Opower, a startup that uses real-time analytics to help utility customers save energy, and led venture investments at Crosslink Capital, with a focus on cloud infrastructure, solar energy, and materials.

Trinity Church Wall Street has announced the appointment of two new members of its Grants and Mission Investing team: SUSAN SHAH as managing director of racial justice and BEATRIZ (BEA) DE LA TORRE as managing director of housing and homelessness. Shah joins Trinity after thirteen years with the Vera Institute of Justice, where she served as director of programs and strategy and oversaw efforts  aimed at reforming criminal, juvenile, and immigration system so that they deliver on their promise of justice and equity. De la Torre has spent years with different organizations working to address the housing crisis in New York City and most recently served as managing director of housing and homelessness for Robin Hood.

The BOMA Project, a U.S. nonprofit and Kenyan NGO that works to alleviate poverty and building resiliency in the drylands of Africa, has announced the appointment of WENDY CHAMBERLIN as director of expansion and innovation. In that role, Chamberlin will have a mandate to promote and expand the evolution, adoption, and scaling of BOMA’s graduation approach to INGO partners, governments, World Bank, and UN agencies in support of its goal to reach a million women and children by 2022. She joins the organization from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she served most recently as associate program officer for financial services for the poor, developing and delivering solutions that drive financial inclusion for the ultra-poor in emerging markets. Chamberlin currently lives in Shoreline, Washington, with her husband and two children but will be relocating to Kenya later this year.

In other news, the National Center for Family Philanthropy in Washington, D.C, has announced that founder and president VIRGINIA ESPOSITO will transition to a new role as senior fellow at the end of 2019. Esposito has led the philanthropy-serving organization since its creation in 1997. As senior fellow, Esposito will focus on research, writing, and developing intellectual property for NCFP and will remain available for special consultancies with NCFP donor families. "The board is excited to announce this next stage for Ginny, especially since it means that she will still be available to us and to the field of family philanthropy," said Katherine Lorenz, chair of the NCFP board and president of the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation. "Ginny is the leading authority on family philanthropy and this new role allows NCFP and our families to continue to benefit from her unmatched expertise, experience, and service." Esposito will continue to serve as the organization’s president through the transition to a successor. Board member Sanford Cardin, president of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, is chairing the committee that will conduct a national search for her successor.

"Energy Foundation Names Jason Mark as Next CEO." Energy Foundation Blog Post 01/10/2019. "Sheryl Madden Named Deputy CFO and Controller at Kresge." Kresge Foundation News Release 01/24/2019. "Public Welfare Foundation Announces Two New Program Directors." Public Welfare Foundation New Release 01/22/2019. "Perry Cammack Joins Rockefeller Brothers Fund to Lead Peacebuilding Program." Rockefeller Brothers Fund News Release 01/22/2019. "Berggruen Institute Names Dr. Yakov Feygin as Associate Director of New Program – Future of Capitalism – to Foster New Thinking for Market Economies." Berggruen Institute Press Release 01/15/2019. "Nellie Mae Education Foundation Announces VP of Strategy and Programs." Nellie Mae Education Foundation Email 01/22/2019. "Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors Elects Two New Members to Its Board of Directors." Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors News Release 01/23/2019. "Trinity Church Wall Street Appoints Managing Director of Racial Justice and Managing Director of Housing & Homelessness." Trinity Church Wall Street Press Release 01/15/2019. "The BOMA Project Announces Appointment of Wendy Chamberlin as Director of Expansion and Innovation." BOMA Project Email 01/08/2019. "Ginny Esposito and National Center for Family Philanthropy Announce Transition Plans." National Center for Family Philanthropy News Release 01/08/2019.