People in the News (05/10/2020): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (05/10/2020): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The John Templeton Foundation in West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, has announced  DAVID NASSAR as vice president, communications and strategic engagement, reporting directly to President Heather Templeton Dill. Nassar brings nearly thirty years of experience working on issue campaigns, political campaigns, and public affairs, including most recently as vice president of communications at the Brookings Institution, where he introduced new content platforms such as podcasts, documentary video, and in-depth essays and analysis of relevant topics.

The board of directors of Philabaundance, a 35-year-old nonprofit dedicated to ending hunger in the Delaware Valley, has announced the selection of LOREE D. JONES as chief executive officer, succeeding GLENN BERGMAN, who left the organization at the end of March after a successful tenure as executive director. Most recently the chief of staff to the chancellor of Rutgers University-Camden, Jones served in leadership positions in nonprofit organizations, education organizations, and city government. Prior to her service at Rutgers, she was chief of external affairs for the School District of Philadelphia, coordinating strategic communications and governmental affairs for the nation's eighth largest school district and managing advocacy efforts with external partners, and served as managing director for the City of Philadelphia in the John Street administration, overseeing sixteen operating departments and offices with close to twenty thousand employees.

The D.C.based Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than two hundred and twenty national organizations that works to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States, and the Leadership Conference Education Fund have announced the selection of LaSHAWN WARREN as executive vice president of government affairs. Warren, who currently serves as senior vice president of campaigns and programs at the organizations, previously served as vice president of the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative at the Center for American Progress (CAP); as vice president and general counsel for the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, where she oversaw the legal, policy, communications, and field programming for the organization’s criminal justice, economic development, and civic engagement pillars; and as vice president of policy development and programming at the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy. She also worked as oversight counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, where she was lead counsel for the committee’s investigation into the U.S. Department of Justice's civil rights enforcement record.

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City has announced JOY BIVINS as associate director of collections and research services. In that role, Bivins, who previously served as chief curator of the International African American Museum (IAAM), will oversee the five public service divisions of the Schomburg Center — Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Books; Photographs and Prints; Art and Artifacts; Moving Image and Recorded Sound; and the Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division — and will play a key role in ensuring the safety of materials, including recent major acquisitions of the collections of Harry Belafonte, James Baldwin, Sonny Rollins, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, Ann Petry, and Malcolm X.

In other news, PND notes the passing of longtime Surdna Foundation board member PETER BOURNE BENEDICT on April 25 at the age of 84. Benedict joined the foundation’s board in 1975 and oversaw its professionalization in the late 1980s, during which time he served as chair and on several key committees. He also served on the boards of various related Andrus family philanthropies, including the Andrus on Hudson (the John E. Andrus Memorial, a senior care community) and the ANDRUS Children’s Center (the Julia Dyckman Andrus Memorial), a diagnostic and learning center offering a wide range of preventive and restorative services for children. For nearly twenty-five years, he served as headmaster at St. Edward’s School in Vero Beach, Florida, transforming it, with the help of his wife, Nancy, into one of the premier private educational institutions in the state. “Peter dedicated his career to institutions that help people have a fair shot at a good life,” said Surdna Foundation president Don Chen. “We celebrate his life and take heart that his legacy lives on in his family, and the countless children and colleagues he mentored and inspired throughout his life.”

"John Templeton Foundation Appoints David Nassar as Vice President." John Templeton Foundation News Release 05/05/2020. "Loree D. Jones Named New Chief Executive Officer of Philabundance." Philabundance Email 05/05/2020. "LaShawn Warren Named Executive Vice President of Government Affairs of The Leadership Conference." Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and Leadership Conference Education Fund Email 05/06/2020. "Schomburg Center Names Joy Bivins as Head of Collections." New York Public Library Press Release 05/04/2020. "Surdna Mourns the Loss of Peter Bourne Benedict." Surdna Foundation News Release 05/01/2020.