The Terra Foundation for American Art in Chicago has announced the appointment of SHARON CORWIN as its new president and CEO. Corwin currently serves as the Carolyn Muzzy Director and Chief Curator at the Colby College Museum of Art, a position she has held since 2006, and is a professor in the college's art department. Her appointment follows the March 2019 announcement that ELIZABETH GLASSMAN, who has led the foundation for almost twenty years, will be stepping down in 2020. Corwin will start at the foundation in September.
Having awarded its highest grant payout ($8 million) ever in 2019, the Ball Brothers Foundation in Muncie, Indiana, has announced the appointment of JEFF BIRD to its board of directors and the promotion of JENNA WACHTMANN to the position of vice president. Born and raised in Muncie, Bird, president of IU Health East Central Region, joins the foundation board as one of four non-Ball family voting members. He previously served on the board of the IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Foundation, which focuses on funding hospital and community health initiatives, and currently co-chairs Next Muncie, chairs the Delaware Advancement Corporation, and serves as president of the Ball State University Cardinal Varsity Club board of directors. In her new role, Wachtmann will support the president and COO role in strategy development, communications, and day-to-day management of operations and will continue to work with grantees and partners in the community.
The John Templeton Foundation in West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, has announced the appointment of KEVIN ARNOLD as the new director of its Life Sciences department. Dr. Arnold joined the foundation in 2012 as a program officer, with responsibility for the development of the foundation’s nascent Genetics funding area. In his new role, Arnold will oversee philanthropic initiatives spanning the foundation’s Life Sciences department, which supports basic scientific research on a wide array of topics across chemistry, biology, and health sciences, especially as they relate to life's origins and evolution, human origins, and the interface of religion and human futures, and will serve as the primary lead for the foundation's Science of Purpose funding priority.
The New York City-based Surdna Foundation has announced the appointment of ELIZABETH CAHILL as director of communications and engagement, with responsibility for developing and overseeing the foundation's communications strategy in support of its objectives and the work of its grantees. Cahill most recently served as chief communications officer and, before that, director of digital communications at Atlantic Philanthropies. Earlier in her career, she oversaw digital strategy and information technology for the New York Philharmonic, managed programs at BRIC and the Consortium for Worker Education, and taught at Homes for the Homeless.
The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF) in New York City has announced the appointment of SKIP IRVING as chairman of its board of directors. Irving joined MJFF's board of directors in 2007 and was appointed vice chair in March 2018, also serving as chair of the research committee from 2008 to 2019. In addition to guiding MJFF's industry strategy, he has been an avid supporter of Team Fox, the foundation’s grassroots fundraising community. He currently serves as an advisor with Red Sky Partners, LLC, a consultancy to the life sciences industry, and sits on the Board of ArunA Biomedical, Inc., a company working to develop a new class of therapeutics for the treatment of central nervous system disorders; sits on the board of overseers for Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the College Corporation Board at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy; and serves as a trustee at the University of New England.
Philanthropic intermediary Borealis Philanthropy as announced the appointment of NIKKI BROWN-BOOKER and SHAYLA ROBINSON as program officer and senior program associate for its Disability Inclusion Fund (DIF). As a person with a disability and a biracial woman, Brown-Booker is interested in the intersection of disability justice and racial justice and most recently served as the executive director of Easy Does It Emergency Services, a nonprofit that provides emergency attendant care, wheelchair repair, and transportation for people with disabilities and seniors in Berkeley. Robinson is a Southern, black, disabled lesbian with a passion for black art, social liberation, and facilitating change through communal and individual support. She previously served as program specialist for a reproductive justice nonprofit focused on educating queer and trans youth of color in reproductive justice advocacy and leadership development.
In other news, the board of directors of the Chicago-based Robert R. McCormick Foundation has announced that DAVID HILLER will retire after ten years as president and CEO and will be succeeded by TIMOTHY P. KNIGHT, former president and CEO of the Tribune Publishing Co. During the ten years Hiller served as CEO, the foundation significantly increased its investments in Chicagoland communities and helped lead state-wide efforts to improve early childhood care and education and bring civics education back to Illinois schools. The foundation also established a Veterans Program to assist Illinois veterans and their families in their transition back to civilian life and provided support for a major renovation of Cantigny Park, Colonel McCormick’s former estate in Wheaton, Illinois, which provides recreation and education opportunities to more than three hundred thousand visitors annually. Knight has had a long career in the media industry, much of it with Tribune Company. Until earlier this month, he served as CEO, president, and a member of the board of Tribune Publishing Co. He previously served as president and CEO of Newsday Media Group and as publisher of Newsday. Prior to Newsday, Knight held a number of senior management positions at Tribune Company and the Chicago Tribune.
And ArtsConnection, the leading provider of arts instruction and arts programming in New York City public schools, has announced that STEVEN TENNEN, its executive director for the past thirty-four years, will step down from his position in August. Tennen began his career in 1968 as a teacher at PS 287 in Brooklyn, then spent a decade directing arts education and theater programming at Henry Street Settlement's Abrons Arts Center and three years as executive director of the Jamaica Arts Center before joining ArtsConnection as executive director in 1985. "Steve's long stewardship of ArtsConnection, growing the organization into the premier provider of arts education services to New York City's public-school students, as well his impact on the larger arts education field, is unparalleled," said the organization's board chair, Debra Harounian Peltz. "Over his tenure, the organization has reached millions of children and teens, enhancing their intellectual, social and emotional skills. With unprecedented success in winning U.S. Department of Education arts education research grants under his leadership — thirteen in total — more than any other non-profit or school district in the country, ArtsConnection has proved the impact of the arts on students' educational success. Beyond the walls of ArtsConnection, Steve's voice and ideas have garnered respect as a contributor to the dialogue and policy decisions about arts for our schools."