The Minneapolis-based McKnight Foundation has announced DeANNA CUMMMINGS as its new Arts program director, effective June 1. Cummings is a co-founder and the 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. Prior to cofounding JXTA, she served as a program officer for the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council and as a senior administrator for the Council on Black Minnesotans, since renamed the Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage.
The Seattle-based Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced LISA ALVAREZ-CALDERON has its new chief human resources officer. She joins the foundation from Universidad de Chile in Santiago, where she has been serving as academic director of the university’s Center for Organizational Engineering. Prior to her role at Universidad de Chile, Alvarez-Calderón served as vice president of human resources for BHP and held senior human resources positions with Johnson & Johnson, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Cigna. She earned her BA from Trinity College and her MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
The Blandin Foundation in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, has named MALISSA BAHR as its director of leadership, succeeding VALERIE SHANGREAUX, who retired. A resident of Grand Rapids, Dr. Bahr has been part of the foundation’s community leadership training team for the past twenty years, most recently as its senior program manager. The foundation’s Community Leadership Program was founded in 1985 and has served more than seven thousand leaders from more than six hundred rural Minnesota communities. In her new role, Bahr also will oversee specialized programs for leaders in reservation communities, ethnically diverse communities, and Leaders Partnering to End Poverty.
Businesswoman and entrepreneur KATHY DAVIS has been elected to a three-year term as chair of the Lumina Foundation board, succeeding F. JOSEPH LOUGHREY, who will remain on the board. The founder of Davis Design Group (DDG), an Indianapolis firm that provides data analyses and computer-simulation environments for a wide variety of organizations, served as the state’s lieutenant governor under then-Gov. Joseph Kernan and, prior to that, as state budget director, secretary of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, and as deputy commissioner in the Indiana Department of Transportation. She also was Indianapolis city controller under then-Mayor Bart Peterson. She began her career at Cummins Engine Co., where she spent several years running the firm’s manufacturing operations, later was CEO of Global Access Point, a computer networking company. She has served ten years as a director with Chembio Diagnostic Systems Inc., a New York-based medical diagnostics firm where she is the board chair, and serves on the boards of the Indianapolis and the Central Indiana Community foundations, the Indianapolis Airport Authority, and as a Sister on the Planet Ambassador for Oxfam America.
New York City-based Autism Speaks has announced the election of board member BRIAN L. HARPER as chair, replacing BRIAN KELLY. Harper, whose son is autistic, is president, chief executive officer and trustee of RPT Realty. Prior to joining RPT, he served in various executive leadership roles within the retail real estate industry, most recently as the chief executive officer of Rouse Properties.
The Convergence Center for Policy Resolution in Washington, D.C., has announced DAVID EISNER as its new president and CEO. Eisner served as CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service under President George W. Bush, growing AmeriCorps from 50,000 to 75,000 members and overseeing the AmeriCorps response to Hurricane Katrina. He also served as CEO of the National Constitution Center, where he facilitated leading scholars in dialogue over pressing Constitutional issues; chaired the nonprofit All for Good, which built the system supporting President Obama’s signature service initiative, Serve.gov; and most recently served for six years as CEO of Repair the World, the nonprofit Jewish service organization. He has also held senior leadership roles at America Online (& AOL Time Warner) and Fleishman-Hillard, and has served on the boards of Independent Sector, Public Allies, National 4-H Council, Network for Good, and Points of Light.
In other news, the New York Public Library has named JENNIFER SCHANTZ as the new Barbara G. and Lawrence A. Fleischman Executive Director of the Library for the Performing Arts (LPA). Schantz, a classically-trained musician, currently serves as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the New-York Historical Society. In her thirteen years with NYHS, she has helped establish a traveling exhibition program that raised funds for the institution and brought its collections to new national audiences and also established and implemented an award-winning program that, to date, has offered more than three thousand green card holders free, collections-based civics classes to help them gain citizenship. LPA, one of the New York Public Library’s research centers housed on the Lincoln Center campus, holds one of world’s most extensive collections of performing arts material, including circulating, reference, and rare archival collections from the worlds of dance, theater, and music.