The ECMC Foundation, a Los Angeles-based philanthropic organization that makes investments in the areas of college success and career readiness, has announced LYNN ALVAREZ as its new vice president of programs and strategy. Alvarez joins the foundation after operating her own philanthropic advising firm for fifteen years, working with private and community foundations to develop and manage initiatives, refine their grantmaking systems, and evaluate their impact. Before that, she worked in a variety of philanthropic organizations, including the California Endowment, the California Community Foundation and the Peninsula Community Foundation, overseeing grant portfolios across postsecondary education, child development, health care, human services, affordable housing, and the arts. She also has had a legal career in public interest law and has taught immigration law and professional ethics at the University of California, Los Angeles.
The Wallace Foundation in New York City has selected BRONYWN BEVAN as its new director of research, effective August 19. Currently a senior research scientist at the University of Washington Seattle, College of Education, Bevan will succeed EDWARD PAULY, who retired at the end of June. In her new role, Bevan will contribute to the design of initiatives in the foundation's program areas, integrate research in all areas of work, and, as a member of the senior management team, share responsibility for strategic planning, public policy engagement, and organizational policy and development. Since 2015, Bevan has directed several multi-institutional collaborations on educational improvement and professional learning at the University of Washington Seattle, coordinating the work of academics, educators, and policymakers. From 1991 to 2015, she worked at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, where she served as director of the institute for research and learning, associate director of program, and director of the Center for Informal Learning and Schools, among other positions. She currently serves on several advisory boards, including the National AfterSchool Association's Bridging Research, Practice, and Policy Committee and the Association of Afterschool Task Force on Research and Practice, and is a member of the American Educational Research Association and the International Society of the Learning Sciences. Pauly, who first joined the foundation in 1996 as its second director of evaluation (now research), played a major role in conceptualizing its strategic approach to grantmaking and initiative design across all its areas of focus — education leadership, the arts, arts education, afterschool and summer learning, and social and emotional learning — as well as its role in public policy. He also worked with the Center for Effective Philanthropy on the use of the Grantee Perception Report, creating opportunities for grant recipients to provide feedback to help foundations continuously improve how they manage relationships with funded partners in strengthening the work.
After an extensive search, the Denver Art Museum has announced DAKOTA HOSKA as its new assistant curator of Native arts. After working as a curatorial research assistant for the Arts of Africa and the Americas department at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) for four years, Hoska will join DAM’s Native arts department, which is recognized for its holdings of American Indian art and the arts of Indigenous peoples of North America, Africa, and Oceania. Hoska’s curatorial work currently can be seen at Mia in the exhibition Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists, which opened in June. As the curatorial assistant for the exhibition, Hoska assisted with the selection of objects, wrote five essays for the exhibition catalogue, spearheaded community engagement initiatives, and facilitated communications between Native board members, lenders, and museum staff. She also co-curated two Native arts-focused exhibitions at Mia, Brilliant and Horse Nation.
In other news, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York City has announced that EUGENE M. TOBIN, senior program officer for Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities, will retire from the foundation at the end of 2019. Tobin, a former president of Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, joined the foundation in 2003 as senior advisor to then-President William G. Bowen and soon became a program officer with special responsibility for grantmaking to liberal arts colleges. Over the past five years, he has developed the foundation’s grantmaking initiative for institutions that provide a liberal arts education to incarcerated Americans and that help the formerly incarcerated reintegrate into society. As a result of his efforts, the foundation has become an advocate for expanding access to higher education and for encouraging colleges and universities to include incarcerated students in their educational missions. Tobin also is the co-author of Equity and Excellence in American Higher Education (2006, with William G. Bowen and Martin Kurzweil) and Locus of Authority: The Evolution of Faculty Roles in the Governance of Higher Education (2015, with William G. Bowen). “To colleagues new and longstanding, Gene has been unfailingly kind and supportive. His advice is ever honest, delivered clearly, and focused on finding solutions,” said Mellon Foundation president Elizabeth Alexander and Executive Vice President for Programs and Research Mariët Westermann in a joint statement. “We thank him profoundly for the major contributions he has made to our work.”
And the Philanthropy Roundtable, a network of charitable donors working to strengthen free society, uphold donor intent, and protect the freedom to give, has announced that ADAM MEYERSON will be stepping down as its longtime president. Meyerson joined the organization as president in 2001 and grew its annual budget from $1.8 million to $9 million. In 2003, he created a robust program for donors interested in K-12 education reform and in 2005 oversaw the launch of the Alliance for Charitable Reform (ACR), the organization’s legislative arm, which has argued against accreditation requirements for tax-exempt organizations, five-year reviews of tax-exempt status, limitations on the kinds of charitable organizations foundations and donors can give to, one-size-fits-all standards for board governance, the creation of a new regulatory agency governing foundations and charities, and regulations on donor-advised funds. During his presidency, the Roundtable also published a series of guidebooks for donors on topics such as donor intent, public policy giving, career and technical education, and philanthropic strategies to foster character formation. "Adam is deeply respected among the Roundtable’s members," said Richard Graber, the organization's chair. "In his eighteen years as president, the Roundtable has strengthened its reputation as a champion of philanthropic freedom and donor intent, a producer of world-class conferences and publications on excellence in giving, and builder of a philanthropic movement to strengthen our free society." Meyerson will continue to serve as president as the Roundtable board conducts a national search for a successor.