Following a national search, the Blandin Foundation in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, has announced the selection of TULEAH S. PALMER as its next president and CEO. A leader and advocate in northern Minnesota for the past twenty-seven years, Palmer currently serves as executive director of Northwest Indian Community Development Center in Bemidji, as a member of the Governor's Workforce Development Council, and as an advisor to the Future Services Institute of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She will succeed KATHLEEN ANNETTE, who joined the foundation in September 2011. During Annette's tenure as president, the foundation awarded 1,798 grants, trained 667 rural community leaders statewide through its leadership programs, and engaged hundreds of rural Minnesotans in key rural issues around broadband access and use, early childhood, quality youth programming, economic development , education, healing from racial and cultural division, and the 2020 Census.
The Wellcome Trust, an independent research charity headquartered in London, has announced the appointment of JULIA GILLARD as its next chair, succeeding ELIZA MANNINGHAM-BULLER. Gillard, the former prime minister of Australia (2010-13), will take up her new role in April 2021 when Baroness Manningham-Buller steps down from the trust’s board of governors. As prime minister, Gillard was central to the successful management of Australia’s economy following the global financial crisis and delivered sweeping policies in the areas of education, emissions trading, and the provision of health care. In 2017, she was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia, and in 2018 she was appointed inaugural chair of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at Kings College, London. She currently serves as chair of Global Partnership for Education, a leading organization dedicated to expanding access to quality education worldwide, and Beyond Blue, Australia’s leading mental health awareness body.
The board of trustees of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has announced the election of DAVID R. WILLIAMS, MPH, PhD as a trustee. A preeminent scholar whose research focuses on the complex ways in which health is affected by factors such as socioeconomic status, race, stress, racism, social conditions, and health behaviors, Williams is the Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health and chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a professor of African and African American Studies and Sociology at Harvard University. He was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2001, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2007, and to the National Academy of Sciences in 2019. He also has received distinguished contribution awards from the American Sociological Association, the American Psychological Association, and the New York Academy of Medicine and was ranked as one of the ten Most Cited Social Scientists in the world in 2005 and as the Most Cited Black Scholar in the Social Sciences in 2008. In 2014, Thomson Reuters ranked him as one of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds.
The board of trustees of the New York Public Library has announced the election of writer ZADIE SMITH and philanthropist HOWARD L. MORGAN as its newest members. An award-winning novelist, essayist, and short story writer, the London-born Smith is a contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, and Harper’s Magazine and has won numerous literary awards, including the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism, and the Orange Prize for Fiction. She has, in addition, been nominated for a Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, and was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. Her most recent work, Grand Union (2019), is her first short story collection. A long-time supporter of NYPL, Morgan is a venture capitalist and angel investor who founded or co-founded several firms, including Renaissance Technologies, B Capital Group, and First Round Capital. A former professor of decision sciences at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, he has also co-authored books on subjects such as computer science, business investment, and marketing.
Candid, PND's parent organization, has announced the appointment of NAILA FAROUKY, ROSA GALLEGO, MATT GEE, and RHETT MABRY to its board of trustees. Farouky is CEO of the Arab Foundations Forum (AFF), a regional membership-based association of foundations and philanthropic entities working across the MENA region, and currently serves as chair of the board of directors for Worldwide Initiative for Grantmaker Support (WINGS) and on the boards of ArteEast (New York), the Resource Alliance (global), and The Family Hub (Egypt). Gallego is director of International Relations for the Asociación Española de Fundaciones (Spanish Association of Foundations) and serves on the board of WINGS, where she helped create the Global Philanthropy Data Charter. Gee is CEO at BrightHive, a public benefit corporation that promotes the use of data to make government smarter and more effective, and was a co-founder of the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Data Science for Social Good fellowship. A native of Greensboro, North Carolina, Mabry joined the Duke Endowment in 1992 as associate director of health care, was named director of child care in 1998 and vice president of the endowment in 2009, and became president in 2016. In addition to his responsibilities at the endowment, he has served on the North Carolina Governor’s Early Childhood Advisory Council and is a past board chair of the Southeastern Council of Foundations.