People in the News (02/10/19): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (02/10/19): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

Seattle philanthropists Tom and Sonya Campion, founding trustees of the Campion Advocacy Fund and the Campion Foundation, have announced the selection of NEIL KORNZE as chief executive officer of both organizations, which work to protect public lands, end homelessness, and build nonprofit capacity. From 2014 to 2017, Kornze, who started as CEO at the beginning of January, served in the Obama administration as the Senate-confirmed director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the nation's largest public lands agency, and subsequently founded his own strategy firm to help clients protect land and wildlife, with a focus on expanding the outdoor economy. Prior to his time at the BLM, Kornze spent nearly a decade working as a policy advisor to former Senate majority leader Harry Reid. Raised in Elko, Nevada, Kornze earned his undergraduate degree from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, and a master's degree from the London School of Economics.

The San Francisco-based Libra Foundation has announced the hiring of JENNIFER AGMI to lead its gender justice strategy, one of three program areas, along with environmental justice and criminal justice and drug policy reform, in which the foundation focuses its grantmaking. As director of programs at the New York Women's Foundation (NYWF), Agmi oversaw a portfolio of grantees working with historically marginalized communities across three issue areas: economic security; health and reproductive justice; and safety. While at NYWF, she also led the new fund for the #MeToo movement in partnership with founder Tarana Burke and served as chief strategist for the multi-million dollar IGNITE! Initiative, which increased investments in gender-fluid and young women of color-led organizations.

KATHLEEN LOBB has joined the New York City-based American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) as managing director of philanthropy and executive director of the ASME Foundation. In that role, Lobb will lead a team that is building a consolidated fundraising effort for philanthropic programs across the organization. Prior to joining ASME, she served for seventeen years with the Entertainment Industry Foundation, most recently as chief communications strategist for Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), EIF's largest division, of which she is a co-founder, and as EIF's chief communications officer. In the ten years since SU2C launched, more than $603 million has been pledged to support its collaborative cancer research programs. At ASME, Lobb will partner with ANAND SETHUPATHY, managing director of programs, who previously led both the programs and philanthropy functions and will now focus on ASME's existing initiatives in global development, workforce development, K-12 STEM and engineering education and scholarships, as well as developing new programs.

The governing board of the Noble Research Institute in Ardmore, Oklahoma, has announced the unanimous selection of STEVEN RHINES as the organization's new president and chief executive officer. Rhines, who has been with Noble for almost two decades, most recently serving as its vice president, general counsel and director of public affairs, becomes the ninth president in the organization's 74-year history. He replaces BILL BUCKNER, who retired after seven years at the end of 2018. A native of Antlers, Oklahoma, he earned a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 1990 and a Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University in 1994. Rhines joined Noble from the international law firm of Sidley Austin in 2001 and led the organization's effort to modify the U.S. Tax Code to create a new type of 501(c)(3) public charity called agricultural research organizations (AROs). The proposed modification would increase agricultural research capacity in the United States and provide philanthropists another option to invest in public agricultural research. The legislative measure became law in December 2015.

The Denver-based Bonfils-Stanton Foundation has announced the appointment of KENT A. RICE to its board of trustees and the departure of JOHN E. REPINE, who recently stepped down from the board after seventeen years of service. Rice has more than thirty years of experience as a chief executive in the domestic and international arenas, working in publicly traded corporations, for the public sector, and with nonprofits. Most recently, he served eight years as executive director of Denver Arts & Venues and before that was CEO of two companies owned by Liberty Media, Starz Animation and International Channel Networks. Rice has served on the boards of two private corporations and six nonprofits, was awarded the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres for service to the French government, and represented the U.S. State Department as a board chair of the Open Broadcast Network in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Together for Girls, a D.C.-based nonprofit organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of violence against children, has appointed KAREN CAROLONZA, managing partner of Green Room Communications, which she helped found in 2008, to its board of directors. In addition to her work at Green Room, Carolonza is a member of the ExlPharma PR Steering Committee and chaired its annual national Summit for six years, served as a volunteer for the CDC Foundation to advocate for Health Protection Goals, and serves on the boards of Soft Bones: The U.S. Hypophosphatasia Foundation and the cancer organization Mary's Place by the Sea. She has been recognized as a Leading Woman Entrepreneur in New Jersey and was awarded Brava's SmartCEO award in 2016.

And the Child Mind Institute in New York City has announced that Academy Award winner Emma Stone is joining its board of directors. Stone has been actively involved with the Child Mind Institute since she created a personal video discussing her struggles with anxiety for the organization's inaugural #MyYoungerSelf awareness campaign in 2017. This past October, she participated in a conversation with Child Mind Institute president Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz at Advertising Week New York, where they discussed the connection between creativity and anxiety and how being authentic about mental health can be a game-changer. "We are thrilled that Emma is joining our board of directors and are excited about the important role she will have driving impact and awareness," said  Koplewicz. "Emma's courage in openly discussing her story with anxiety is inspirational, and it offers hope to millions of kids that it is possible to overcome their own challenges and thrive."

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