After an international search, the J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles has announced the appointment of JOAN WEINSTEIN as the new director of the Getty Foundation. Weinstein currently is acting director of the Getty Foundation, where she has been deputy director since 2007 and has served in various roles since 1994. Weinstein has served the Getty as acting director of the foundation on two previous occasions and has also served as associate director, senior program officer, and program officer over the course of her career. In her recent role as deputy director, she oversaw the foundation’s strategic grantmaking, led the development of new grant initiatives, and established metrics to assess funding impact. Weinstein is perhaps best known as the creative force and co-director of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980, an unprecedented collaboration of more than sixty cultural institutions across Southern California that came together in 2011 to celebrate the birth of the Los Angeles art scene. She played a similar role in 2017’s PST: LA/LA, which explored Latin American and Latinx art in dialogue with Los Angeles, and will do so again in the recently-announced PST: Art x Science x LA, which launches in 2024.
The trust also announced that MARY SCHMIDT CAMPBELL, Ph.D., president of Spelman College in Atlanta, has joined its board of trustees. Before coming to Spelman, Dr. Campbell served for over two decades as dean of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. An art historian and former curator, she began her career in New York as executive director of the Studio Museum in Harlem, the country’s first accredited black fine arts museum, and served as commissioner of New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs under two mayors. In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed her vice chair of the President’s Committee on the Arts.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York City has announced the appointment of EMIL KANG as director of its Arts and Cultural Heritage program, effective October 1. In that role, Kang will lead the foundation’s efforts to nurture exceptional creative accomplishment, scholarship, and art conservation practices while promoting a diverse and sustainable ecosystem for the arts. Kang will join the foundation from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he has served as professor of the practice in the Department of Music since 2008 and founded Carolina Performing Arts (CPA), one of the nation’s largest and leading university-based performing arts programs. In 2012, President Barack Obama appointed him to the National Council on the Arts, and in 2016 he was named special assistant to the chancellor for the arts and founded Arts Everywhere, a major campus and community-wide initiative dedicated to integrating artistic practice, learning, and engagement into the lives of the entire community. Kang currently serves on the boards of the Martha Graham Dance Company and the International Society for the Performing Arts and is an active consultant with organizations such as Creative Capital and the Artist Protection Fund.
The Boston-based Barr Foundation has announced the appointments of VANESSA CALDERON-ROSADO and CAROLINE HOSTETTER WALSH to three-year terms on its board of trustees. Calderón-Rosado is chief executive officer of Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA), a leading community development corporation headquartered in Boston’s South End. She has served on the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, to which she was the first Latina appointee, and currently serves as president of the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations, as a trustee of Eastern Bank, and as a director of both the Boston Foundation and the Yawkey Foundation. She also is a member of the Barr Fellows Class of 2009 and for the past two fellowship cycles has served on the selection committee. Caroline Hostetter Walsh is vice president of solutions at Catalant Technologies, a Boston-based software company. Prior to her work at Catalant, she served as a consultant and case team leader at Parthenon-EY, a strategy consultancy. Earlier in her career, Hostetter Walsh worked on the program team at the Boston Foundation and as knowledge and impact manager for the foundation’s StreetSafe Boston Initiative, a five-year effort to reduce citywide violence through a focus on twenty of Boston’s most violent gangs. The oldest of Barr Foundation founders Barbara and Amos Hostetter’s children, Hostetter Walsh has served on the board of the Trinity Boston Foundation and as a volunteer with Minds Matter of Boston, a college access organization. With the appointments, the foundation’s board now numbers seven trustees. The foundation plans to expand the board to eight to twelve trustees, a majority of whom will be non-family members, over the next several years.
The San Francisco Foundation has announced the appointments of SHERYL WONG and OPHELIA BASGAL as chair and vice chair, respectively, of its board of trustees. Wong, a member of the foundation’s board since 2012 and vice chair since 2017, is a former board chair of the Oakland Museum of California Foundation, a former director of the Bay Area Tumor Institute, and currently serves as a trustee of the UC Berkeley Foundation. A visiting scholar at the UC Berkeley Terner Center for Housing Innovation and a senior executive coach with InclusionINC, Basgal has served on the foundation’s board since 2013 and previously served as the regional administrator of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Region IX (Pacific/Hawaii) and as vice president of community relations at Pacific Gas and Electric.
San Diego-based Alliance Healthcare Foundation, which works to advance health and wellness for those in need, has announced the hiring of SARAH LYMAN as executive director. Lyman comes to AHF from Empire Health Foundation in eastern Washington State, where as executive vice president she oversaw $70 million a year in funding and was instrumental in designing and building the organization from its inception into an agent for community change. She also was a leader in the launch of the Family Impact Network, which introduced performance-based contracting into the state’s child welfare system, and in 2017 served as program administrator and inaugural executive director for the $100 million Andy Hill Cancer Research Endowment.
Woods Fund Chicago has announced the appointment of AMINA DICKERSON, board member and former board chair, as interim president, effective July 1. The appointment comes as the fund continues its search for a new president to succeed Grace Hou, who served as president for seven years before she was recruited by Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker to serve as Secretary for Human Services (DHS) for the State of Illinois. HINA MAHMOOD, who served as interim president through the end of June, recently joined DHS at the invitation of the Secretary Hou. Dickerson led global philanthropic programs at Kraft Foods and before that held executive posts with the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art, the Chicago Historical Society, and the DuSable Museum of African American History. Her civic work includes board service for the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation and the Women's Funding Network, and she has been recognized with awards from the Chicago Cultural Alliance, the Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE), Chicago Women in Philanthropy, and the National Museum of Mexican Art, among others.
In other news, PAUL R. PROVOST has been named chief executive officer of the Art Bridges Foundation in Bentonville, Arkansas, effective August 5. A graduate of Princeton University, Provost was curator of paintings, drawings and sculpture at the New-York Historical Society before joining the staff at Christie’s in New York, where he was the director of trusts and estates and later became deputy chairman. He has, in addition, more than twenty-five years of experience as a teacher, guest lecturer, and committee member at organizations ranging from Williams College to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. “I’m deeply inspired by Alice Walton’s vision for Art Bridges and its core mission – providing access for everyone to outstanding examples of American art,” said Provost. “Art and education have transformed my life, and I’m excited to be leading an organization that can provide life-changing opportunities for others. By building on its current momentum, Art Bridges is poised to lead an expansive and inclusive conversation around who we are as a nation. Along with Art Bridges’ museum partners and the museum-going public we can begin that discussion with our shared American culture as the communal touchstone.”