The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York City has announced the appointment of DEBORAH CULLEN-MORALES as the foundation's new program officer for Arts and Cultural Heritage. Most recently, Cullen-Morales was a research scholar at the Chicano Studies Research Center at UCLA and served as executive birector of the Bronx Museum of the Arts, where she helped secure the final $3.9 million in capital funding needed for an upcoming renovation project and oversaw the most successful benefit gala in the museum’s history. Prior to her appointment at the museum, she served as director and chief curator at the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University, where she oversaw the venue's expansion into the Lenfest Center of the Arts on Columbia’s new campus in West Harlem and founded Uptown, a new triennial of contemporary art launched in 2017 in collaboration with twelve other upper Manhattan institutions. Earlier in her career, Cullen-Morales served as director of curatorial programs at El Museo del Barrio, where her projects included leadership on the long-term project Caribbean: Crossroads of the World (2012) as well as curating Nexus New York: Latin/American Artists in the Modern Metropolis (2009) and Arte ≠ Vida: Actions by Artists of the Americas, 1960–2000 (2008). She also co-founded and co-curated the first four editions of El Museo's contemporary art biennial, The S-Files (1999, 2000, 2002, 2004).
CLAYTON S. ROSE, president of Bowdoin College, has been elected chair of the trustees of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Chevy Chase, Maryland, succeeding KURT L. SCHMOKE, president of the University of Baltimore and former dean of the Howard University School of Law, who advised HHMI last year that he would step down after serving as chair for a decade. Schmoke, who served three terms as mayor of Baltimore, will remain an HHMI trustee. Originally from San Rafael, California, Rose earned both his undergraduate degree and MBA at the University of Chicago. After a twenty-year leadership and management career in finance, he earned a PhD with distinction in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania and served as a professor of management practice at the Harvard Business School, where he wrote and taught on managerial responsibility, ethics, and the role of business in society, before becoming president of Bowdoin in 2015. Rose joined HHMI as a trustee in 2009 and, over the past eleven years, has served on the Finance and Nominating and Governance committees and as chair of the Audit and Compensation Committee.
The Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation in New York City has announced the appointment of AMY HOLMES as its executive director. In addition to her role as founding executive director, Holmes will continue to lead the New York advisory team at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, where since 2004 she has helped donors create charitable giving programs in literature and the arts, youth development, education, and criminal justice reform.
Crisis Text Line, a free, 24/7 service that connects texters in crisis with trained volunteer crisis counselors, has announced BEN KOLIN as its new chief technology officer. Kolin previously served as director of engineering, money at Uber, as senior engineering manager, platforms at VMware, and as an engineering manager at Yahoo!
In other news, the Baltimore Museum of Art has named JOHNETTA BETSCH COLE as special counsel on strategic initiatives. In that role, Dr. Cole will provide guidance to the BMA's board, director, and senior leadership team as they continue to implement the museum’s long-term strategic vision, which positions social equity and civic engagement as essential aspects of its scholarly and public program and within its internal structures. As a scholar, educator, and administrator, Cole has worked to address issues of race, gender, and other systems of inequality. Recently retired from the position of principal consultant at Cook Ross, a firm that supports organizations in establishing and expanding inclusivity initiatives, she served previously as director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, as president of the Association of Art Museum Directors (2015-16), and co-chaired the American Alliance of Museum's Working Group on Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion. Dr. Cole has received dozens of honorary degrees and awards, including the Legend in Leadership Award for Higher Education from the Yale Chief Executive Leadership Institute in 2018, the Distinguished Service to Museums Award from the American Alliance of Museums in 2017, and the Alston-Jones International Civil and Human Rights Award from the International Civil Rights Center & Museum in 2013. She will offer her expertise to BMA on a pro bono basis for the next three years.