People in the News (02/16/2020): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (02/16/2020): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The Cynthia & George Mitchell Foundation in Austin, Texas, has named RANDALL KEMPNER as its new CEO. The first non-family member to serve as chief executive of the foundation, Kempner will succeed KATHERINE LORENZ, the Mitchells' granddaughter, in August as part of a planned succession. A Galveston native, Kempner is the executive director of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs at the Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C., where he manages a global network of nearly three hundred organizations. He earned an MBA and a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor's degree in government from Harvard College. His appointment caps a national search for a new CEO that began in October 2019 and is part of a plan to transition to the foundation an all-family board and non-family staff. The foundation also announced the appointment of MARILU HASTINGS, who currently serves as vice president for sustainability program, as its chief innovation and strategy officer.

The San Francisco Foundation has announced the promotion of ELENA CHAVEZ QUEZADA to the position of vice president of programs. In her new role, Chavez will be responsible for ensuring that the program division advances the foundation’s equity agenda through internal collaboration, centering grantees, and engaging key community partners.

Boston-based Health Leads has announced the promotion of CARMITA PADILLA to the position of chief program officer and sites officer. In her new role, Padilla will lead the organization's diverse range of programs, services, and community partnerships and work to advance the organization’s efforts to improve conditions that benefit health of people in the region and increase their access to essential services. Based in New York, Padilla has held various leadership roles since joining in 2011. Most recently, she served as the vice president of partnerships and initiatives, overseeing various key partnerships, and before that served as the national director of program expansion, leading the launch of Health Lead programs across the country, including California and Cleveland.

In conjunction with a restructuring, the Cleveland-based Fund for Our Economic Future has announced the appointment of eight civic members to its thirty-five-person board, which historically has consisted of one representative from each of its funding organizations. The new members are MEREDITH GADSBY, associate professor of Africana Studies and Comparative American Studies at Oberlin College; TREVELLE HARP, executive director of the Northeast Ohio Alliance for Hope; TREYE JOHNSON, regional outreach manager for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland; PHOEBE LEE, CEO of Affinity Apparel; RICARDO LEON, executive director of Metro West Community Development Organization; TERESA LeGRAIR, president and CEO of the Akron Urban League; YENTIL RAWLINSON, director of inclusion and diversity at The Sherwin-Williams Co.; and VICTOR RUIZ, executive director of Esperanza, Inc.

The Blue Shield of California Foundation has announced the appointment of DEBBIE I. CHANG as president and chief executive officer, in which role she will oversee programs of more than $30 million in annual grantmaking aimed at meeting the diverse health needs of all Californians and addressing the root causes of poor health and violence. Chang, currently senior vice president and chief policy and prevention officer at Nemours Children’s Health System in Jacksonville, Florida, previously served as deputy secretary of health care financing for the State of Maryland and was the first national director of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She also was the principal investigator on a $20 million, five-year project with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention aimed at improving healthy eating and boosting physical activity among children.

The Atlanta-based Carter Center has announced the appointment of PAIGE ALEXANDER as CEO, effective June 16, 2020. She will succeed Ambassador (ret.) MARY ANN PETERS, who is retiring. Alexander has held leadership positions at two regional bureaus of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), covering missions and development programs in twenty-five countries over fifteen years (1993-2001, 2011-2017). She also has served as senior vice president and European founder/president of IREX (2001-2010), an international civil society, democracy, and education nonprofit organization, and, since 2017, as executive director of the European Cooperative for Rural Development (EUCORD) in Brussels and Amsterdam. Earlier, Alexander served as associate director of Project Liberty at the Harvard Kennedy School (1992-1993) and as a consultant to foundations, including the C.S. Mott Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the Open Society Institute in Prague.

New York City-based Mouse, a 23-year-old national nonprofit that empowers at-risk youth to learn, lead, and create with technology, has announced LARRY LIEBERMAN as its new chief executive officer. Formerly chief operating officer of Charity Navigator, the world’s largest independent evaluator of nonprofits, Lieberman has served as a media executive for Comedy Central, MTV, and Virgin and is known for his mental health advocacy work with the JED Foundation on behalf of high school and college students.

The Museum of Modern Art in New York City has announced the appointment of CLEMENT CHEROUX as the next Joel and Anne Ehrenkranz Chief Curator of Photography, starting in June. Chéroux succeeds QUENTIN BAJAC, who served in that role from 2013-18 and now directs the Jeu de Paume, Paris. In his new role, Chéroux, who currently serves as senior curator of the Pritzker Center for Photography at SFMOMA, San Francisco, will guide all aspects of the department, including its installations, acquisitions, exhibitions, publications, and loan programs. At SFMOMA, Chéroux has organized a number of well-received exhibitions, including Don’t! Photography and the Art of Mistakes (2019); snap + share. Transmitting photographs from mail art to social networks (2019); Louis Stettner. Traveling light (2018); Johannes Brus (2018); The Train, RFK’s Last Journey: Paul Fusco, Rein Jelle Terpstra, Philippe Parreno (2018); Carolyn Drake, Wild Pigeon (2018); and Walker Evans (2017).

The American Academy in Rome has announced the selection of historian and educator AVINOAM SHALEM to be its twenty-fourth director, beginning in July. Shalem will succeed JOHN OCHSENDORF, who will return to his faculty position as Class of 1942 Professor of Architecture and Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) after his three-year term ends in June. Shalem, currently the Riggio Professor for the Arts of Islam in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, specializes in the history of Islamic art, with an emphasis on Arab art in the Mediterranean Basin, the Near East, and the Levant, as well as in Spain, southern Italy, and Sicily. No stranger to the academy, Dr. Shalem was the 2016 Lester K. Little Scholar-in-Residence and worked with AAR as an advisor for the research seminar Framing Medieval Mediterranean Art and Archaeology (as part of the Getty Foundation’s Connecting Art Histories program). 

In other news, the New York City-based Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has announced that after fifteen years with the foundation and twelve as president and CEO, ED HENRY will step down in December 2020. "Ed's leadership, imagination and energy have served the foundation and grantees with extraordinary commitment and generosity," said Bill Wright, chair of the DDCF board. "The board and staff are well positioned to continue the success of the grant programs and properties as we begin a new decade. We are grateful to Ed and congratulate him on his successes." The board has retained Spencer Stuart, the global leadership advisory firm, to assist the foundation with the search for Henry’s successor.

"Mitchell Foundation Names New CEO." Cynthia & George Mitchell Foundation Blog Post 02/12/2020. "San Francisco Foundation Promotes Elena Chavez Quezada." San Francisco Foundation Email 02/11/2020. "Health Leads Appoints Carmita Padilla as Chief Program & Sites Officer" Health Leads Email 02/10/2020. "Fund for Our Economic Future Reorganizes Board Structure to Create Greater Diversity." Fund for Our Economic Future News Release 02/10/2020. "Blue Shield of California Foundation Names Debbie I. Chang as President and CEO" Blue Shield of California Foundation Email 02/12/2020. "Carter Center Board of Trustees Appoints Paige Alexander as Carter Center CEO, Effective June 2020." Carter Center News Release 02/14/2020. "Charity Navigator Exec Larry Lieberman Named Mouse CEO." Mouse News Release 02/10/2020. "MoMA Appoints Clément Chéroux As the Next Ehrenkranz Chief Curator of Photography." Museum of Modern Art Press Release 02/14/2020. "Avinoam Shalem Appointed 24th Director of the American Academy in Rome." American Academy in Rome News Release 02/13/2020. "Ed Henry to Step Down from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation at Year End." Doris Duke Charitable Foundation News Release 02/12/2020.