People in the News (07/12/2020): appointments, promotions, obituaries

People in the News (07/12/2020): appointments, promotions, obituaries

The Richard King Mellon Foundation in Pittsburgh has announced the addition of GABRIELLA GONZALEZ to its staff as a program officer and the promotions of LYNNE VENTRESS to the position of program officer and GRACE EVANS to the position of senior program associate. Gonzalez, who was hired in February and began working at the foundation in April, will focus he efforts on economic development in the region. She previously served as a senior social scientist at the RAND Corporation, specializing in the future of work, human capital development, and school-to-work transitions. Ventress is a graduate of Middlebury College and the Public Policy and Management program at Carnegie Mellon University and came to the Foundation from Deloitte. And Evans joined the foundation from the Kennedy School at Harvard, where she was a Government Performance Lab Fellow. She has a master’s from the University of Michigan and is a graduate of Slippery Rock University. 

The Blue Shield of California Foundation has announced RACHAEL KAGAN as its new director of communications and public affairs. Kagan, who started her career as a journalist, has spent the last twenty years in public health and health-related organizations, most recently as director of communications for the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Prior to that, she led communications for the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, California Prison Health Care Receivership, and California Association of Public Hospitals.

The Archstone Foundation in Long Beach, California, has named three new members to its board of directors. ANGELA CORON is managing director for community health at Kaiser Permanente, where she directs community health/benefit activities for the Southern California region. JOHN FEATHER is chief executive officer of Grantmakers In Aging, a national association of charitable foundations, public charities, and corporate giving programs that fund work to improve the lives of older people. And TAMMY FUNASAKI serves as the head of investor relations at Breakwater Management LP, where she manages all client relationships and capital raising efforts for private credit funds and co-investment opportunities.

The John Templeton Foundation in West Conshoshocken, Pennsylvania, has announced the appointment of KIM TAN and LAUREN TEMPLETON to its twelve-person board of trustees. Dr. Tan is chair of Springhill Management (UK), a fund management company specializing in biotech and social impact investments, and a partner in a number of social impact funds, including Novastar Ventures (Kenya), Inqo Investments (South Africa), and Garden Impact (Singapore). The co-founder of the Transformational Business Network and the inventor of sheep monoclonal antibodies, he serves on the advisory boards of J&J Social Ventures and the Centre for Enterprise Markets & Ethics. Templeton is the founder and president of Templeton & Phillips Capital Management, LLC, a global investing boutique located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and an independent director and member of the Audit Committee of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, a financial holding company engaged in property and casualty insurance and reinsurance; an independent director of Fairfax India Holdings Corporation, a publicly traded subsidiary of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited; and an independent director of Canadian Solar, one of the world’s largest and foremost solar power companies. She also serves on the boards of the Baylor School, the Bright School, and the Atlas Economic Research Foundation.

The board of directors of the John R. Oishei Foundation in Buffalo, New York, has announced GLENN JACKSON, chief diversity officer for M&T Bank, as its newest member. Jackson has served M&T for more than two decades in a variety of roles, including chief operating officer and senior director of programs for Buffalo Promise Neighborhood, a public-private partnership led by the bank to provide a life-changing continuum of “cradle-to-career” services to children on the city’s East Side. The foundation also announced the appointment of MAUREEN HURLEY as vice chair and the retirement of FLORENCE CONTI; Conti joined the board in 2011 and has served as vice chair since 2018. 

The Meyer Memorial Trust in Portland, Oregon, has announced the appointment of AMY C. TYKESON to its board of trustees. A third-generation Oregonian, Tykeson brings extensive experience in business, communications, and mission-driven service to the board. She began her communications career with Home Box Office (HBO) in Chicago and New York before taking over as president and CEO of BendBroadband, a family-owned cable and broadband company based in Central Oregon. She will join chair Toya Fick and members Charles Wilhoite, Janet Hamada, Mitch Hornecker and Alice Cuprill-Comas on the Meyer board.

The Bridgespan Group, a global nonprofit consultancy, has announced the appointment of GREG GUNN to its board of trustees.  Gunn is the co-founder of Brooklyn-based Lingo Ventures, which does investing and philanthropy in education and workforce development, and was the co-founder of Amplify Education, a leading educational technology company.

"Richard King Mellon Foundation Hires Gonzalez, Promotes Ventress and Evans." Richard King Mellon Foundation Email 07/06/2020. "Blue Shield of California Foundation Names Director of Communications and Public Affairs." Blue Shield of California Foundation Email 07/10/2020. "Archstone Foundation Announces New Board Members." Archstone Foundation Email 07/07/2020. "Welcome to Our New Trustee." John Templeton Foundation News Release 07/07/2020. "The John R. Oishei Foundation Appoints Glenn Jackson as Board Member." John R. Oishei Foundation News Release 06/29/2020. "ICYMI: Meyer Memorial Trust announces a new trustee." Meyer Memorial Trust news release 07/02/2020. "Greg Gunn Joins Bridgespan Group Board of Trustees." Bridgespan Group Email 07/09/2020.