People in the news (05/31/2020): appointments, promotions, obituaries

People in the news (05/31/2020): appointments, promotions, obituaries

The Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., has announced the election CATHERINE BESSANT, chief operations and technology officer at Bank of America; JAY CARNEY, senior vice president of global corporate affairs at Amazon; BILL HASLAM, former governor of Tennessee; and MICHAEL A. NUTTER, former mayor of Philadelphia, to its board of trustees. A fifth new trustee, STACY BROWN-PHILPOT, CEO of TaskRabbit, will begin her term in 2021.

The Contemporary Jewish Museum (The CJM) in San Francisco has announced the appointment of JOYCE LINKER to a one-year term as chair of its board of trustees, effective July 1. The museum’s longest­–consecutively serving trustee, Linker joined the board in 1987, after having played a pivotal role in founding the museum in 1984. She then served as chair from 1994-95 and helped steward negotiations with the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency at a key moment in the procurement of a new home for the museum. She also was co-chair of the Building Committee that selected renowned architect Daniel Libeskind to design the museum’s award-winning building on Mission Street and served on the Search Committee that hired current Executive Director Lori Starr. Linker will succeed ELLIOTT FELSON, who has served as board chair since July 2017 and played a critical leadership role in the museum's three-year Facing Change initiative, a national program from the American Alliance of Museums aimed at diversifying museum boards and leadership.

The Fund for Investigative Journalism in Washington, D.C., has announced the appointment of ERIC FERRERO as its new executive director. Ferrero previously served in senior roles at the Innocence Project, the Open Society Foundations, Amnesty International USA, the American Civil Liberties Union, and other national and global organizations, where he worked closely with leading investigative journalists reporting on stories for The New Yorker, "60 Minutes," the Washington Post, the New York Times, "Frontline," the Texas Tribune, the Marshall Project, and WBUR in Boston.  Stories that journalists reported with Ferrero’s support have led to multiple exonerations of wrongfully convicted prisoners, exposed unlawful state-sanctioned discrimination and sparked dozens of policy reforms to make government more transparent, fair, and accountable. He will succeed SANDY BERGO, who retired after serving as the organization’s executive director for ten years and will be joining FJI’s advisory board. 

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts has announced that JANE MOSS will step down from her post as artistic director on August 1. During her tenure, Moss has spearheaded a number of new initiatives and directions, broadened the organization’s international reach, supported the creation of innovative and diverse new works and repertoire, and expanded audience experiences through multidisciplinary collaborations, immersive experiences in non-traditional venues and settings, and expanded free presentations and participatory events. “This decision to step down is, of course, full of sadness. Lincoln Center has been my artistic home for twenty-seven years," said Moss. "Nevertheless, I had begun to consider moving into a new chapter of my life prior to the pandemic. But the multi-year/multi-track cycle of programming never allowed time for a responsible departure and smooth transition. Now that our current situation has put a pause on live programming, I feel I can step down. I am eager to make a new kind of contribution to the life and well-being of New York as we face very challenging times ahead."

SUSAN DELVALLE, who has led Creative Capital through a period of growth and transformation since assuming the role of president and executive director in 2016, will step down from her position on September 1 and will serve in an advisory role for the remainder of the year, working with Creative Capital’s staff and board to facilitate a smooth leadership transition. Delvalle, who succeeded Creative Capital founder Ruby Lerner as the nonprofit's director, oversaw some of the most dramatic changes in the organization's two-decade history. Under her leadership, the organization instituted a three-year fundraising cycle and increased its annual operating budget by 20 percent, further developed its governance with the appointment of eight new board members and the establishment of a national advisory council, and the creation of annual Creative Capital Awards and retreats. her departure was originally planned for earlier in 2020, but she and the organization's board agreed to delay the move in order to facilitate the organization’s response to COVID-19. "Creative Capital has been fortunate to have Suzy at its helm," said Creative Capital board co-chair Colleen Jennings-Roggensack. "She brought with her great ideas about expanding our already considerable role in promoting art and ensuring that Creative Capital lifts up a diverse array of voices from the full breadth of the United States. We are grateful for her tenure and guidance."

And the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County (BGCBC) in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, has announced that BRIAN QUAIL will be stepping down as president and CEO  after eleven years with the organization. Under his leadership, BGCBC received “4 Stars Out of 4 Stars” from Charity Navigator for nine consecutive years, a rating received by only 4 percent of 9,000 not-for-profits across the country. He also helped expand the offerings available to his club members to include a Snack and Supper Program that has provided nearly seven million meals to youth since its inception, an iReady Math and Reading for elementary students, and College Exploration and Career Training for high schoolers. He also helped raise more than $16 million in support of enrichment programming for club members in 2020 alone and forged strong alliances and partnerships across the community, state, and nationally to help advance the organization’s goals.

"Urban Institute Elects Five New Leaders to Its Board of Trustees" Urban Institute Announcement 05/22/2020. "Joyce Linker Appointed Chair of Contemporary Jewish Museum" Contemporary Jewish Museum Email 05/14/2020. "Fund for Investigative Journalism Appoints Eric Ferrero as Executive Director" Fund for Investigative Journalism Email 05/11/2020. "Jane Moss to Step Down as Artistic Director of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts" Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Email 05/29/2020. "Suzy Delvalle to Step Down as Head of Creative Capital" Creative Capital Email 05/28/2020. "Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County Announce Departure of CEO" Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County Email 05/29/2020.