People in the News (04/19/2020): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (04/19/2020): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The Saint Luke's Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio, has announced the appointment of TIMOTHY L. TRAMBLE, SR. as its new president and CEO, effective June 1. Widely respected for his mission-driven leadership in empowering citizens of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County who have been most impacted by racial and economic inequity, Tramble joins the foundation after serving twenty years as executive director of Burton Bell Carr Development, Inc. (BBC), where he substantially grew the organization’s financial capacity while building a coalition of allies and partners to support community revitalization initiatives, projects, and programs for positive transformation without displacement or gentrification. The foundation’s former CEO, ANNE GOODMAN, announced her departure from the foundation in September 2019 and remained in her role until April 3. She will continue to serve as a consultant to Saint Luke’s to ensure a smooth transition for Tramble.

The San Francisco Foundation has announced promotions within the foundation and the addition of two team members to the organization. ELENA CHAVEZ QUEZADA, who previously served as director of the People Pathway program, has been named vice president of programs, in which role she will oversee the foundation’s main grantmaking activities and community leadership connected to the People, Place, and Power pathways. And JIDAN TERRY-KOON, who previously served as senior program officer in the People Pathway program, has been named director of its grantmaking and community leadership activities. In addition, the foundation announced KHANH RUSSO as senior director of the Partnership for the Bay’s Future & Great Communities Collaborative, an initiative focused on strengthening a vibrant, racially and economically diverse Bay Area launched in partnership with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), and a number of local and national funders and corporate partners; and LEA OLIVER-GELWICKS as director of planning and analysis, responsible, in partnership with the Investment and Accounting teams, for guiding the financial management of the foundation, managing budgeting, forecasting, reporting, and financial analysis.

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation in Los Angeles has announced the appointment of LORENA GOMEZ-BARRIS as director of administration and LAVERNE MATIAS as director of employee experience and culture. In her newly created role, Gomez-Barris will update, streamline, and simplify the foundation’s administrative functions and operations with the aim of maximizing its impact to the communities it serves. She brings more than twenty years of nonprofit experience to the foundation, most recently as director of operations and finances at Rise Up, where she developed sustainable and scalable strategies that supported the organization’s growth and development of a global footprint. In her newly created role, Matías will develop initiatives that support an inclusive and healthy workplace, implement equitable career pathing strategies, and create staff development and growth opportunities. Over the past eighteen years, he has served in leadership roles in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion, human resources, and organizational development, most recently as director of human resources at Horizon Services, Inc.

The American Journalism Project, a venture philanthropy organization dedicated to strengthening local news in the United States, has announced SARABETH BERMAN as its first chief executive officer. Berman, who will replace JOHN THORTON as day-to-day leader of AJP on May 1, joins the organization after a ten-year career in education that culminated with her leading global public affairs at Teach For All. Upon graduation from college, Berman was a Luce Scholar in China, where she studied performing arts management.

In other news, PND notes the passing of RICHARD M. HUNT, an heir to the Alcoa fortune and a founding trustee of the foundation named for his father, a president of Pittsburgh-based Alcoa for thirty years, at the age of 93. Hunt’s grandfather, Captain Alfred Hunt, co-founded the Pittsburgh Reduction Co. in the 1880s after acquiring a patent to smelt aluminum; the firm later became Alcoa, which today is headquartered on the city’s North Shore. The youngest of Roy Hunt’s four sons, Richard Hunt grew up in affluence in Shadyside, attended Shady Side Academy and St. Paul’s in Concord, New Hampshire, and, in 1944, joined the American Field Service in India, where he drove ambulances and treated soldiers wounded in the Asia-Pacific theater. From 1951 to 1955, he worked for Free Europe Press, and after earning a doctorate in history from Harvard in 1960 he joined the university’s faculty, where over a four-decade career he taught social studies and history, served as assistant and associate dean in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and for twenty years served as university marshal. He stayed connected to Pittsburgh through holiday visits and his involvement as a trustee of the Roy A. Hunt Foundation, which supports agencies involved in community development, youth violence prevention, the environment and international development. In 2015, he and his wife made a $15 million gift to the Pittsburgh Foundation — the largest one-time gift ever made by living donors to the community foundation — to establish the Buttonwood Fund, named after one of Mrs. Hunt’s childhood homes in Connecticut. Although two of his older brothers became Alcoa executives and another worked for Mellon Bank, Hunt said he was never pressured to work for the family enterprise or return to Pittsburgh. "My father was very pleased that one son decided to do something else and he thought teaching was a wonderful profession," he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in 2015. "My mother…was very pleased, too."

PND also notes the passing of IRENE HIRANO INOUYE, the widow of long-serving U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI), who died in 2012, at the age of 71. Ms. Inouye was a well-connected fundraiser who, in addition to her role as president of the U.S.-Japan Council, founded an initiative that raised more than $50 million from corporations in both America and Japan to help Japan recover from the earthquake and tsunami that struck that country in 2011, killing nearly 20,000 people. Before joining the council, she was president and founding chief executive of the Japanese American National Museum for twenty years, leading fundraising campaigns that brought in $65 million over the years and transformed the museum from a grassroots organization in an old warehouse near Little Tokyo in Los Angeles into a state-of-the-art institution; the museum eventually became an official affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. She also chaired the boards of both the Kresge and Ford foundations and played a major role in raising money for a deal that brought Detroit out of the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history. "Nowhere was her hand more important than as one of the largely unacknowledged architects of the 2014 grand bargain," Rip Rapson, president and chief executive of the Kresge Foundation, and Elaine D. Rosen, chair of the Kresge board, said in a joint statement after Ms. Inouye’s death. "Irene's hand was central to ending a bankruptcy process that, in all probability, would have left the city mired in litigation for years, forestalling the hard work of revitalization."

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