People in the News (05/26/19): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (05/26/19): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced the appointment of a new advisory board to help shape the direction of Goalkeepers, a multiyear initiative dedicated to accelerating progress on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The advisory board members represent a diverse range of countries, including China, France, Germany, India, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, the UK, and the United States, and will serve for a period of two years. The new members are ANGEL ADELAJA, founder and CEO of Fresh Direct Nigeria; LILI BUFFETT, co-founder of Global Impact LLC; RADIA CHEIKH LAHLOU, associate director at Déclic; ALEX HOLMES, deputy CEO of the Diana Award; LUKAS KOHLER, MP, FDP; JASMINE LAU, co-founder and executive director, Philanthropy in Motion; BLESSING OMAKWU-SOREMEKUN, special advisor at ONE and founder of the She Tank; SCHEAFFER OKORE, vice chair of the Ukweli Party and campaigns director, Kenya; NIKHIL TANEJA, co-founder and CEO of Yuvaa; and CHRISTIAN VANIZETTE, founder of Makesense.

The California Endowment has announced the election of SHAWN GINWRIGHT as board chair and MINERVA CARCANO as vice chair. Ginwright, a leading national expert on African American youth, youth activism, and youth development, is co-founder and serves as CEO of Flourish Agenda, a social impact company that supports schools and community organizations with building well-being and healthy school climates. He is, in addition, a senior research associate at the Cesar Chavez Institute for Public Policy in San Francisco, a professor of education in the Africana Studies Department at San Francisco State University, and serves on the board of directors of Confluence Philanthropy. In addition to serving as the Sacramento-based bishop for the United Methodist Church (UMC), California-Nevada Conference, Carcaño serves on several nonprofit boards, including the Council on Foreign Relations Religious Advisory Committee, the Southwest Industrial Education Fund Advisory Board, the Africa University Board of Trustees, and the General Council on Finance and Administration of the world-wide United Methodist Church. 

FELICIA DAVIS, a lifelong Chicagoan and South Side resident, has been named president and CEO of the Chicago Fund for Women. A ten-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, Davis led the creation of the Office of Public Engagement under Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2012, serving as a direct link between the Mayor's Office, city departments, sister agencies and communities across the city, and working to make government more accessible to the people it serves. She also served as Executive Director of the Public Building Commission of Chicago, where she directed development projects totaling $1 billion; as Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Buildings, where she managed a budget of $37 million and enforced local ordinances enhancing tenant rights and resident safety; and as interim president of Olive-Harvey College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, where she increased early college enrollment by 28 percent and year-over-year student retention by 8 percent, and as vice president of administration at Kendall College.

The Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., has announced the election of ANTONIA HERNANDEZ, ASHLEY SWEARENGIN, and MARTA TIENDA to its board of trustees. A civil rights icon, Hernández currently is president and CEO of the California Community Foundation and previously served as president of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF). Swearengin, a lifelong Republican, is the former mayor of Fresno. And Tienda, a past president of the Population Association of America, an external fellow of the American Institutes for Research, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and the National Academy of Education, is the Maurice P. During '22 Professor of Demographic Studies and professor of sociology and public affairs at Princeton University.

In other news, the Atlanta-based Boys & Girls Clubs of America has announced the election of CARRIE SCHWAB-POMERANTZ as board chair-elect. Schwab-Pomerantz, senior vice president of Charles Schwab & Co. Inc. and board chair and president of Charles Schwab Foundation, will take on the two-year term in 2021, succeeding DAVID SEATON, former CEO of Fluor. The organization also announced that Milwaukee County Executive and Boys & Girls Clubs of America board member CHRISTOPHER ABELE will serve as board chair following Schwab-Pomerantz. Abele currently chairs the finance and government relations committees on the organization's board and has been an important supporter of local clubs and the national organization for many years.