The New York City-based Rockefeller Family Fund has announced the appointment of JULIE FERNANDES as associate director for institutional accountability and individual liberty. Fernandes comes to the fund from the Open Society Foundation, where she served as director of OSF’s Voting Rights & Democracy program. Prior to that, she worked as a deputy assistant attorney general in the civil rights division in the Obama administration, as special assistant for domestic policy to President Clinton, and as senior counsel and senior policy analyst at the Leadership Conference for Civil & Human Rights.
The Ford Foundation in New York City has announced the election of FRANCISCO CIGARROA as chair of its board of trustees, succeeding KOFI APPENTANG, who has served as chair for four years and will remain on the board. Cigarroa joined the foundation’s board in 2014 and serves as chair of the finance committee while also serving on the executive, investments, and Democracy, Rights, and Justice committees. A nationally renowned transplant surgeon, he is head of pediatric transplant surgery and division head of liver transplant surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and previously served as chancellor of the University of Texas system and, for nine years, as president of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
The Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation in Washington, DC, has announced the election of JAMES J. SANDMAN as chair and CHARLENE M. DUKES as vice chair of its board. A Meyer board member since 2007, Sandman, who will succeed DEBORAH RATNER SALZBERG, president of Forest City Washington, Inc., has served since 2011 as president of the Legal Services Corporation, the largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income people in the Unites States. He began his legal career in 1977 practicing law with Arnold & Porter and served as the firm’s managing partner from 1995 to 2005. Sandman also is a past president of the District of Columbia Bar and a former general counsel for District of Columbia Public Schools. Dr. Dukes, who has served on the Meyer board since 2015, is the first woman president of Prince George’s Community College, which serves forty thousand students with more than two hundred degree, workforce development, and continuing education programs. Her roles in government, business, and the nonprofit sector include service on the boards of the Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce, the Harlem Renaissance Foundation, and the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. She was inducted into the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame in 2013 and was included in the Washington Business Journal‘s Power 100 in 2014.
Following a nationwide search, KATE SHEERAN, provost and dean at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, has been chosen as the new executive director of the Kaufman Music Center in New York City. Sheeran will assume her new position in August, succeeding LYDIA KONTOS, who over nearly forty years took what was called the Hebrew Arts School and spearheaded its growth and transformation into the multi-faceted education and cultural institution that is today’s Kaufman Center. As chief academic officer at the San Francisco Conservatory, Sheeran directed a faculty of nearly a hundred and fifty members, built community partnerships to increase music education access to underserved school-aged children, led the creation of a cutting-edge professional development curriculum for all students, and launched a connected learning initiative that ties performance repertoire with coursework through a common theme of study. Prior to that, as assistant dean at the Mannes School of Music at The New School in New York, Sheeran directed all pre-college and continuing education programs; developed ESL + Music, a program to better serve the English as a Second Language population; and created The New School Chorus, a community chorus initially led by members of the Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth.
The Bronx Museum of the Arts has announced the appointment of DEBORAH CULLEN-MORALES as its new executive director. She will succeed HOLLY BLOCK, who passed away in October 2017. After fifteen years at El Museo del Barrio in New York City, Cullen-Morales moved to the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University, where she has served as director and chief curator for the past six years. In her new role at the Bronx Museum, Cullen-Morales will report to the museum’s board of trustees and will lead the museum’s efforts to develop and implement a new strategic plan.
Dallas-based Susan G. Komen has welcomed five new members to its board of directors. The new board members are: KAYE CEILLE, senior vice president, Avis Budget Group; MICHAEL B. GREENWALD, senior vice president, Tiedemann Advisors; DOUG KNUTSON, chief academic officer, OhioHealth; KRISTIN NIMSGER, chief executive officer at Social Solutions, a performance management software company; and STEPHANIE STAHL, founder of Studio Pegasus, an angel investment and digital start-up advisory company.
The Chicago Foundation for Women has announced the election of five new members to its board of directors. They are: JAMES L. ALEXANDER, a principal at Alexander & Alexander; JOAN TRUEHEART BACON, a member of CFW’s program committee grantmaking subcommittee and the North Shore Giving Circle, where she leads the circle’s grantmaking subcommittee; REGINA CROSS, a team leader at Goldman Sachs and a member of CFW’s Professional Advisory Council (PAC); KATHLEEN McDONALD, a certified financial planner with Northwestern Mutual Financial Network; and MICHAEL NARCISO, a director at Callahan Capital Properties (CCP), a real estate private equity firm.
New York City philanthropists DAN and SHERYL TISHMAN have announced the establishment of the NorthLight Foundation and the appointment of KATE SINDING DALY as the foundation's first executive director. In that role, Sinding Daly, who comes to the foundation from the Natural Resources Defense Council, where served as senior advisor to the president, deputy director and senior attorney for the organization’s New York program will work to shape and advance the foundation's efforts in the areas of climate change, land conservation, and human health, with a focus on economic and environmental justice. Grant applications are by invitation only.
The Milwaukee BizTimes reports that SUSAN LLOYD, executive director of the Zilber Family Foundation is stepping down after a decade at its helm. GINA STILP, most recently social innovation director at Dohmen Constellations, will succeed Lloyd as executive director, effective July 5. Formed in 1961 by real estate developer Joseph Zilber and his wife, Vera, the foundation supports organizations working to address basic needs and personal safety, increase access to social and economic opportunity, and improve the quality of life in Milwaukee’s neighborhoods. “On behalf of my family, our board of directors and staff, we are immensely grateful for the innumerable contributions Susan has made to Milwaukee, and for her unwavering stewardship of Joe and Vera Zilber’s legacy,” said Marcy Zilber Jackson, chair of the foundation’s board of directors. “Over the past ten years, Susan and our team have fulfilled Joe and Vera’s wishes to invest in the organizations and programs that build a stronger, safer, healthier Milwaukee. Their plan was born from a love of their hometown but was driven by a deep commitment to meaningful results. Susan not only understood that but honored that every day.” Lloyd will stay on with the organization in a consulting capacity through the end of the year.