People in the News (07/15/18): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (07/15/18): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced the appointment of CAROLYN AINSLIE as chief financial officer, effective October 1. In that position, Ainslie will lead the foundation’s finance and accounting, financial planning and analysis, assurance and risk management, and program-related investments teams and will be responsible for maximizing impact across the foundation’s portfolio of programmatic investments in global health, global development, and education. Ainslie joins the foundation from Princeton University, where she has served as vice president and chief financial officer for the last ten years.

The United Nations Foundation in Washington, D.C., has announced the appointment of MICHELLE MILFORD MORSE as its vice president for girls and women strategy. In that role, Morse will lead the foundation’s organization-wide efforts to promote gender equality, will support and elevate the its diverse portfolio of girls’ and women’s initiatives, and will serve as lead strategist for the foundation’s collaboration with the United Nations and partners to champion the rights and agency of all girls and women. Morse has advised leading philanthropic and civil society organizations, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the LIVESTRONG Foundation, and has worked on global development issues with a range of UN, private sector, and civil society partners, including UNICEF USA, Sesame Workshop, the UBS Optimus Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, mothers2mothers, amFAR, ICRW, and the University of Texas. She also served as press secretary and communications director for U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett and advised the UN Foundation on a range of projects related to gender equality, including serving as the foundation’s co-convener on the Girl Declaration.

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has named PHILIPPE FRANCOIS, currently head of supply chain at Novartis, the healthcare multinational based in Switzerland. as its head of sourcing and supply chain. As leader of supply operations for European and American multinationals, François has been responsible for defining and deploying supply strategies, securing quality supply for more than a hundred and twenty countries, and controlling costs and innovating with the firm goal of achieving quality care for patients. Before leading supply chain at Novartis, he developed the supply operation function for Baxter Healthcare, a U.S.-based multinational where he worked for twenty years in various positions.

JAMES MARKS, MD, MPH, former executive vice president for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), has been elected to the board of directors of the CDC Foundation. At RWJF, Marks oversaw all grantmaking, research, and communications activities, including efforts to reverse the epidemic of childhood obesity, ranking the health of all U.S. counties and, with the Federal Reserve, bringing the fields of community development and public health together. Marks joined the foundation in 2004 as senior vice president and director for program portfolios and, prior to that, served as assistant surgeon general and director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, where he helped develop systematic ways to detect and prevent chronic diseases, monitor major risk factors such as tobacco use and obesity, and improve reproductive and infant health.

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona has announced the election of four new members to its board of trustees. The new additions are HERBERT J. HOFFMAN, a certified public accountant; FATIMA LUNA, an environmental and natural resources economist at the Sonoran Institute; TIMOTHY A. OLCOTT, a trust and estates attorney; and ALLISON M. VAILLANCOURT, vice president of business affairs and human resources at the University of Arizona. The foundation also announced its slate of officers for the coming year: JAN LESHER, deputy county administrator for Pima County (Chair); CLAUDIA JASSO-STEVENS, managing partner for Jasso Development & Planning (Vice Chair); CELESTINO FERNANDEZ, distinguished professor emeritus at the University of Arizona (Secretary); and ANNE ROEDIGER, founding partner at Roediger Hoff PLC (Treasurer).

The trustees of the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. have announced the election of two new members to the board: HOSEIN KHAJEH-HOSSEINY, chairman of Trinity Sky LLP, and TOM KAPLAN, senior managing partner of the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group (WPFDG). Khajeh-Hosseiny helped co-found UnLTD, a foundation dedicated to financing and advancing social entrepreneurship in the UK, and for the past eighteen years has served on its investment committee. From 2004 to 2018, he served as managing director, managing partner, and CEO of Northgate Capital, during which time he helped the firm grow its AuM by twenty times. Kaplan has been a nationally recognized and respected name in the food and beverage and hospitality industries for more than three decades. At WPFDG, Kaplan is responsible for overseeing business management and strategic development for the global restaurant group and plays a key role in the supervision of design, construction, philanthropy, and social responsibility for the company. He currently is a member of the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Leadership Council and serves as a trustee of the University of Nevada Las Vegas Foundation board, as chair of the Council for a Better Nevada, and as a board director for the Fulfillment Fund Las Vegas. He previously served for more than twenty-five years as vice president of the Puck Lazaroff Charitable Foundation benefiting the Los Angeles chapters of Meals on Wheel and was a member of the City of Las Vegas Energy Advisory Committee, the board of the Las Vegas Art Museum, and the board of the Marshall Retail Group.

The Osborne Association, a New York City-based advocacy and direct-service organization dedicated to transforming the criminal justice system, has welcomed ESTHER FEIN and YASMIN CORNELIUS to its board of directors. Fein, a New York native, had a two-decade career as a reporter for the New York Times, serving as its Moscow correspondent from 1987-1991, where she covered the collapse of communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Deeply invested in criminal justice issues, Fein serves on the board of Reprieve US, an international collective of lawyers, investigators, and campaigners who fight for those who have suffered human rights abuses at the hands of powerful governments; is a board member of NEXT for Autism, an organization working to transform the national landscape of services for people with autism; and is a member of the Education Committee of the Park Avenue Armory. A second-generation resident of Harlem, Cornelius has served as director of Community relations at L+M Development Partners, worked for Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields and New York County Leader Keith L.T. Wright, and served as president of the Mid-Manhattan NAACP. A longtime community activist, Cornelius also served as district manager for Community Board 10 in Central Harlem and as 1st Vice President for Community School Board #3. 

Connecticut-based Commonfund, an investment manager for endowments, foundations and public pension investors, has announced the hiring of CATHLEEN RITTEREISER as executive director and GEORGE SUTTLES as managing director of the Commonfund Institute. In their new roles, Rittereiser, founder and chief executive officer of Uncorrelated, LLC, and Suttles, surrently a program officer with the John A. Hartford Foundation, will be responsible for leading the institute’s education and research activities, which include conducting studies, publishing research, and convening events to support long-term investors. Rittereiser previously served as executive director of Institutional Investor’s conference division and is the co-author of the books Foundation and Endowment Investing and Top Hedge Fund Investors: Stories, Strategies, and Advice. Suttles previously held roles in the philanthropic divisions of U.S. Trust, Anthem Foundation, and the New York State Health Foundation, and currently serves on the nonprofit boards of Odyssey House, The Support Center, and the Storefront Academy.

"Gates Foundation Names Carolyn Ainslie as Chief Financial Officer." Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Press Release 07/05/2018. "UN Foundation Taps Michelle Milford Morse as Its Vice President for Girls and Women Strategy." United Nations Foundation Press Release 07/10/2018. "Global Fund Appoints Philippe François as Head of Sourcing & Supply Chain." Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Press Release 07/09/2018. "Former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Vice President Joins CDC Foundation Board of Directors." CDC Foundation Press Release 07/12/2018. "Dr. Hosein Khajeh-Hosseiny and Tom Kaplan Join the Brookings Institution Board of Trustees. Brookings Institution. " Brookings Institution Email 07/09/2018. "Osborne Welcomes Two New Board Members." Osborne Association News Release 07/11/2018. "Two Senior Hires to Lead the Commonfund Institute." Commonfund Press Release 07/10/2018. "Community Foundation for Southern Arizona Announces New Trustees." Community Foundation for Southern Arizona 07/11/2018.