People in the News (04/12/2020): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (04/12/2020): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The Self Family Foundation in Greenwood, South Carolina, has announced MAMIE NICHOLSON, a former program director at the foundation, as its president. Nicholson, who assumed the role on July 1, 2020, following the retirement of former president FRANK WIDEMAN III, began working with the Self family in 1977, joining Greenwood Mills as an administrative assistant in the human resources department. In 1980, she transitioned to the legal department and began providing assistance to the Self Family Foundation. She officially joined the Foundation in 1996. Nicolson is a founding member of the Greenwood Women’s Leadership Council, Greenwood’s Nonprofit Council, Greenwood County Community Foundation, and Greenwood Women Care and in 2010 was named a Small Business Champion for Women in Business by the Small Business Administration, receiving recognition from the South Carolina Senate and the South Carolina House of Representatives, and was named the WLC Woman of Excellence in 2014. She is also a Trustee Emerita of Lander University and a member of Self Regional Healthcare’s board of trustees.  

The Ford Foundation in New York City has announced the appointment of DEPELSHA McGRUDER as  chief operating officer and treasurer, succeeding JOHN BERNSTEIN, who has served as the foundation's COO since 2015. McGruder joins the foundation from New York Public Radio, where since 2018 she served as the chief operating officer, overseeing internal operations and strategic planning for WNYC, WQXR, Gothamist.com, The Greene Space, and New Jersey Public Radio and where served as interim CEO for six months during a leadership transition. Prior to her role at NYPR, McGruder spent seventeen years at Viacom in senior leadership positions at both MTV and BET Networks. During her tenure, she helped launch mobile, broadband, and video-on-demand businesses for MTV and developed and operated two new cable television networks with programming designed to serve underrepresented Latino, African American, and youth audiences. She started her career as a broadcast journalist, working as an on-air reporter, anchor, and producer for two commercial television stations in Georgia. A mother of two, McGruder is  the founder and president of Moms of Black Boys United and M.O.B.B. United for Social Change, two sister organizations dedicated to positively influencing how black boys and men are perceived and treated by law enforcement and in society.

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri, has named PHILIP GASKIN as vice president of entrepreneurship. Gaskin previously served as the foundation’s senior sirector of entrepreneurship, championing initiatives supporting the startup, growth, and success of emerging businesses in the Kansas City region and across the country, and, before joining the foundation, was the chief operating officer at MissionHub, which supports social entrepreneurs and impact investors in building sustainable businesses that focus on social and environmental change. Earlier in his career, Gaskin served as a political campaign director for various candidates, including Cory Booker for U.S. Senate and for President Barack Obama in Pennsylvania heading up Obama for America; and held private sector executive leadership roles with BCD Group and Rosenbluth International. 

The John Templeton Foundation in West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, has announced ALEXANDER ARNOLD as director of its Philosophy & Theology Department. In his new role, Dr. Arnold, who joined the foundation in 2012 as a program officer, will oversee philanthropic initiatives spanning the department, which supports scholarship on an array of topics in philosophy, theology, and humanistic research. He will also serve as the primary lead on the foundation's Science-Engaged Theology funding priority and will have responsibilities in nearly all the foundation's other strategic priorities.

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) has named San Francisco community leader CINDY WU as executive director of LISC Bay Area. In that role, Wu, who most recently served as deputy director of the Chinatown Community Development Center (Chinatown CDC), will oversee LISC’s local programs and investments related to affordable housing, economic development, health, community safety and jobs. In her thirteen years at Chinatown CDC, Wu led work on a range of challenges, from affordable housing to equitable transportation to culturally sensitive economic development; helped grow the organization’s affordable housing portfolio from 1,700 to 3,000 units; and managed its planning program, helping residents advocate for their community and attracting more than $45 million in neighborhood capital improvements. In addition to her nonprofit experience, Wu has served on the San Francisco Planning Commission, including a term as president, and in 2018 won a LISC Michael Rubinger Community Fellowship to study neighborhood-based approaches that mitigate displacement amid gentrification.

IDinsight, a data analytics, research, and advisory organization, has announced the appointment of RUTH LEVINE as its new chief executive officer, succeeding NEIL BUDDY SHAH, the organization’s founding partner and outgoing CEO, who will be joining charity assessment and effective altruism organization GiveWell as managing director. Levine brings an extensive background in global development to the organization, including previous positions as director of the Global Development and Population program at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and deputy assistant administrator in the Bureau of Policy, Planning and Learning at the U.S. Agency for International Development. Dr. Levine also spent nearly a decade at the Center for Global Development as a senior fellow and vice president for programs and operations, where she led the center’s Global Health Policy Program. She also designed and evaluated health and education projects at the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank, and joins IDinsight after a year-long fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. 

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