The Health Foundation for Western and Central New York has announced the appointments of CHIMA CHIONUMA and GARY WILLIAMS to its board of trustees. A board-certified pediatrician and experienced clinician, Dr. Chionuma is chief of service pediatrics for Syracuse Community Health Center, a local federally qualified health center located in Syracuse, and clinical assistant professor in the department of pediatrics at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Williams, a well-known public speaker who gave a TEDx talk on healthcare in April 2019, is the director of performance Improvement at Syracuse Community Health Center and serves on numerous community boards in the Syracuse area.
The Wichita-based Kansas Health Foundation has announced the appointments of JENNIFER BACANI McKENNEY and REV. TOM BRADY to its board of directors. Dr. McKenney is a family physician at an independent practice that she owns and manages with her father in her hometown of Fredonia. Rev. Brady has more than thirty years of experience as a senior pastor and has recently been appointed as district superintendent of the Five Rivers and Parsons districts by the United Methodist Church Great Plains Conference.
The Ms. Foundation for Women in New York City has announced RAQUEL WILLIS as its new director of communications. In that role, Willis will plan and execute the organization's communications strategy with the aim of positioning it with diverse audiences in alignment with its mission, vision, and strategic goals. Most recently, Willis served as executive editor of Out Magazine, where she published the Trans Obituaries Project to highlight the epidemic of violence against trans women of color. Her writing has also been featured in Essence, Bitch magazine, VICE, Buzzfeed, Autostraddle, ForHarriet, HuffPost, PRIDE, and Quartz.
The Los Angeles-based Kavli Foundation has announced that after twelve years in the role, BOB CONN will be stepping down as the foundation's president and CEO at the end of the year. Conn, only the the second president in the foundation's twenty-year history, has led it through an extraordinary period of growth that included a tripling of its endowment after Fred Kavli's passing, a tripling of staff, and the move of its headquarters from Oxnard to Los Angeles. He also helped expand the Kavli Institutes in astrophysics, theoretical physics, nanoscience, and neuroscience globally from ten to twenty; created new foundation programs and grew the leadership team; and elevated the foundation's reputation and standing as a major philanthropic player in support of basic science.
The Minneapolis-based McKnight Foundation has announced that AIMEE WITTEMAN, program director for the Midwest Climate & Energy program, has decided to step down from her position and will be leaving the foundation at the end of July. The program was launched in 2013 under Witteman's direction and in the years since she has leveraged grants, impact investments, and engagement of public and private leaders to advance deep decarbonization of the region's energy system. In 2019, she led the board and staff through a program redesign that concluded with the board's decision to significantly expand the program's scope and grantmaking over the next three years. Previously, Witteman served as the foundation's Environment program officer, specializing in water quality and agriculture systems, and served in leadership positions at several nonprofit organizations around the country, including the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, where she guided federal policy advocacy, strategic communications, and grassroots campaign efforts.
In other news, RONNA BROWN has announced that she will be stepping down as president of Philanthropy New York, a regional association of nearly three hundred grantmaking organizations, at the end of the year. As president of PNY for the past thirteen years, Brown has strengthened the organization's convening power, empowered staff to develop timely and diverse programming, and advanced racial equity as a core value informing PNY's work. After she leaves the organization in December, Brown intends to offer her services as a consultant to philanthropic and nonprofit organizations and will look for new challenges where she can make a contribution. The board of PNY has appointed a search committee chaired by Kenneth Austin, general counsel and corporate secretary at the Wallace Foundation, to identify her successor.