The Frey Foundation has announced a long-planned transition in leadership. After fifteen years as president and CEO of the Twin Cities-based philanthropic organization, JIM FREY is retiring and will be succeeded in that role by his sister, CAROL FREY WOLFE, who has served as vice-president of the foundation since 2004. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the foundation recently took steps to support nonprofits and the Twin Cities community and expanded its management team with the addition of Flor Treviño Frey, the first member of the family’s third generation to join the team.
The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has announced SHENELL McCLURKIN THOMPSON, currently founder and CEO of Brick by Brick Consulting NC, as senior program officer for local impact in Forsyth County. In that role, McClurkin Thompson will work with grantees and partners to build an inclusive economy for the county, foster economic mobility for those with the greatest need, develop lasting solutions to the root causes of poverty and inequity, and manage the trust's special initiative, Great Expectations, to ensure all children in Forsyth County enter kindergarten ready to learn and leave set for success. Prior to founding Brick by Brick Consulting in 2018, she served as director of assets and opportunities for Financial Pathways of the Piedmont for fifteen years and program assistant at Simon Green Atkins CDC for three years.
The Shubert Foundation, the nation's largest private foundation dedicated to unrestricted funding of not-for-profit theater and dance companies, has announced the appointment of DIANA PHILLIPS as president of the foundation. Phillips will take over the position previously held by Michael I. Sovern, who passed away on January 20, 2020, and had served as president of the foundation since 1996. Phillips, a Shubert Foundation board member since 2011, will take on an expanded role as president. From 1988 until her retirement, she served as worldwide director of press and corporate affairs and an executive vice president of Sotheby's, the art auction house. Phillips also serves as a director of the Shubert Organization and FXB USA, part of FXB International, a global pioneer in lifting the poorest of the poor out of poverty by helping them to become self-sufficient.
New York City-based Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA), a national association of public and private arts and culture funders in the United States, has announced TED RUSSELLL, associate director of arts strategy and ventures at the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, as board chair. A member of GIA’s board of directors since 2016, Russell will partner President and CEO Eddie Torres on a range of issues designed to support the vitality and growth of arts and culture through philanthropic and government funding.
The Field Museum in Chicago has named JULIAN SIGGERS as its new president and CEO, starting in September. Siggers, an archaeologist who currently serves as director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, will succeed RICHARD LARIVIERE, who has led the museum since September 2012 and last summer announced his plans to retire in August. Since his 2012 appointment as director at the Penn Museum, Siggers has overseen the renovation of 75 percent of its galleries and public spaces, including the Ancient Middle Eastern galleries. He also established the Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials, an interdisciplinary center for training students in archaeological techniques, guided the museum to implement new programs that welcome diverse audiences, including programs in which refugees act as docents giving more information and context about galleries focusing on the countries they’re from, and led a $100 million fundraising campaign.
In other news, the New York Youth Symphony has announced that SHAUNA QUILL will remain as executive director of the organization and will not step down as previously announced. The NYYS Board of trustees and Quill came to a mutual agreement that, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is in the best interest of the organization to maintain its current leadership. All of the organization’s programs — Orchestra, Jazz, Chamber Music, Composition, Musical Theater Songwriting, and Conducting — have moved to an online curriculum this spring, including seminars, practice and listening assignments, and master classes. "Shauna has led the NYYS staff through this unprecedented situation phenomenally," said NYYS board president William Kapell. "With our current team in place I know the NYYS mission to educate and inspire young musicians will continue to thrive."