The board of directors of the Denver-based Daniels Fund has announced HANK BROWN as interim president and CEO, effective May 1. Brown, a current Daniels Fund board member and a former U.S. senator (R-CO) and president of both the University of Colorado and the University of Northern Colorado, will succeed LINDA CHILDEARS, who recently announced her decision to step down after fifteen years as CEO.
The Minneapolis-based McKnight Foundation has announced DeANNA CUMMINGS as its new Arts program director. A co-founder and CEO of Juxtaposition Arts (JXTA), a social enterprise business in north Minneapolis that trains and employs historically underestimated youth as a springboard to higher education and careers in art and design, Cummings will join ARLETA LITTLE, program officer and director of artist fellowships, SARAH LOVAN, program officer, and LATOSHA COX, program administrator, on the Arts team.
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in Chicago has announced KRISTEN MACK as its new managing director, communication. In that role, Mack, who will join the foundation’s executive leadership team, will operate as the organization’s senior-most communications expert. Mack joined the foundation in 2016 as a communications officer and was promoted to the position of senior communications officer in 2018 and director, communications, at the end of 2019. Prior to joining the foundation, she served as director of corporate communications at global public relations agency Golin and, before that, as director of media relations and deputy director of public affairs and communications for the Cook County Health & Hospitals System. Earlier in her career, she was a City Hall reporter for the Chicago Tribune and a political writer for the Washington Post and Houston Chronicle.
The California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) has announced the election of health plan CEO ELIZABETH GIBBONEY to its board of directors. Since 2015, Gibboney has served as chief executive officer of Partnership HealthPlan of California (PHC), which administers Medi-Cal benefits for more than 527,500 members across fourteen rural counties in Northern California, since 2015 and has been with the organization since its inception in 1994, spending eight years as deputy CEO/COO before becoming CEO. AS CEO, she has led campaigns to have new palliative care and transportation benefits, care coordination for people with complex health and social needs, and enhanced services for mental health care and treatment of substance use disorder in the program and has championed efforts to solve regional and statewide shortages of primary care and mental health providers and other health workers.
The New York City-based Ms. Foundation for Women has announced the appointment of ANGELA GLOVER BLACKWELL, DANIELLE MOODIE-MILLS, and WADE DAVIS to its board of directors and the reappointment of LAUREN EMBREY to the board. Glover Blackwell is founder in residence at PolicyLink, the organization she started in 1999 to advance racial and economic equity for all, and before that served as senior vice president at the Rockefeller Foundation. In 2018, she was awarded the John W. Gardner Leadership Award by Independent Sector, and in 2017 she received the Peter E. Haas Public Service Award from the University of California, Berkeley. Moodie-Mills hosts the weekday newsmagazine-style radio show #WokeAF Daily, broadcast live on DNR Studios from 9am-10am EST. #WokeAF Daily and the co-host of the weekly political podcast #democracyish with Toure; which covers the countdown to the 2020 election from a progressive black perspective. A former NFL player and the NFL’s first LGBT inclusion consultant, Davis is an educator and advisor on gender, race, and orientation equality, and currently serves as vice president of inclusion for product at Netflix. A founding member of VICE’s diversity and inclusion advisory board, Davis also serves on the boards of Sparks + Honey and the MAD Foundation, Chef Rene Redzepi’s global food sustainability initiative focused on the future of food. And Embrey is president of the Dallas-based Embrey Family Foundation and CEO of Embrey Interests. She also serves on the boards of the AT&T Performing Arts Center (vice chair), the Dallas Holocaust Museum, the Dallas Theater Center, TACA, the Letot Center Foundation, the Texas Futures Project, the Democracy Alliance, the Women’s Media Center (former board chair), the ERA Coalition, Take The Lead, PEN America, and Women Moving Millions.