The Caterpillar Foundation in Deerfield, Illinois, has announced ASHA VARGHESE as its new president. Varghese comes to the foundation from General Electric, where most recently she served as director of global portfolio at the GE Foundation, responsible for setting its global strategy, with an emphasis on improving access to quality health care for underserved communities in the developing world. Varghese also led the U.S. healthcare portfolio for the foundation and held positions at GE in information systems, Six Sigma, and strategic planning for business processes at the company. She is a board member of Covenant House Chicago and a certified Lean Six Sigma black belt.
The New York City-based Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has announced that KATHRYN HALL will succeed DANIELLE S. ALLEN as chair of its board of trustees. Allen had previously announced her retirement after eleven years of service, the last four as chair. Hall is founder and co-chair of Hall Capital Partners LLC, where she serves as a member of the firm's executive committee and investment review committee. Before founding the firm in 1994, she was a general partner at Laurel Arbitrage Partners, a risk arbitrage investment partnership that she founded in 1989, and before that a general partner at HFS Management Partners (predecessor to Farallon Capital Partners), HFS Partners I, and Hellman & Friedman. The foundation also announced the election of THELMA GOLDEN and JOSHUA S. FRIEDMAN to its board. Golden is director and chief curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem. She began her career as an intern at the museum in 1987 and then worked at the Whitney Museum of American Art, where she curated the landmark show Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in American Art. In 2000, Golden returned to the Studio Museum as deputy director for exhibitions and programs and became director in 2005. In 2010, President Barack Obama appointed her to the Committee for the Preservation of the White House, on which she served from 2010 to 2016. Friedman is co-founder, co-chair, and co-CEO of Canyon Partners, LLC. Prior to forming Canyon, he served as director of capital markets for high yield and private placements at Drexel Burnham Lambert.
The California Endowment, the largest health foundation in the state, has announced the appointment of four new members to its board. A recognized leader in economic development and small business finance, KURT CHILCOTT has led innovative organizations and programs in the public and nonprofit sectors for more than thirty-five years and has served for over twenty years as CEO of San Diego-based CDC Small Business Finance. KATHERINE A. FLORES joins the board as a national leader in primary health care and the development of a diverse health workforce. Dr. Flores spent her early years as a farm worker and currently serves as a family physician in private practice in an all-women bilingual medical group in Fresno. She also is an associate clinical professor in family medicine at the UCSF School of Medicine and director of the UCSF Fresno Latino Center for Medical Education and Research (LaCMER). BRITTA GUERRERO joins the board as CEO of the Sacramento Native American Health Center, an AAAHC-accredited Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and nonprofit urban health center. And VIEN TRUONG is president of the Dream Corps, whose initiatives include Green For All, which works to build an inclusive green economy robust enough to lift people out of poverty; #Cut50, which works to reduce crime and incarceration nationwide; and #YesWeCode, which works to help young women and men of diverse backgrounds find success in the tech sector.
The Leichtag Foundation in Encinitas, California, has announced the appointment of ANGELICA BERRIE and CHARLENE SEIDLE to its board of directors. Berrie is president of the Russell Berrie Foundation and a former co-chair of the Jewish Funders Network. A prominent Jewish philanthropist, she currently chairs the board of the Center for Inter-Religious Understanding and the Shalom Hartman Institute North America, and serves as co-president of American Friends of Ofanim. Seidle serves as the foundation's executive vice president and has played a key role in the development and implementation of its strategic framework, oversees grantmaking, and executive management. Before joining the foundation, she served as president and CEO of Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego and has served on the board of Jewish Funders Network. In 2013, she received the JJ Greenberg Memorial Award, an international prize given to an outstanding philanthropic professional under the age of 40.
In other news, LORI GRISWOLD has joined the board of directors of the Jean Griswold Foundation, a private charity established by Griswold Home Care to further the company's vision that care for the elderly and disabled should be accessible to all. Dr. Griswold served as executive vice president of the home care company — now headquartered in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania — for many years and also served as executive director of the foundation's predecessor, the Special Care Foundation. A nationally known policy analyst and gerontologist, Griswold has worked with and advocated for older and disabled persons in a variety of positions and settings and has a BA in psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a masters in gerontology from the Andrus Gerontology Center at the University of Southern California, and a PhD in Social Policy from the Heller School at Brandeis University.