People in the News (07/29/18): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (07/29/18): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

After a nation-wide search, the New York City-based Johnson Family Foundation has announced the appointment of FRANK BAIOCCHI as its next executive director. Baiocchi joins the foundation after thirteen years with the Polk Bros. Foundation in Chicago, where he designed and led family, community, and organizational development grantmaking programs. He also served on the advisory committees for the Mission Sustainability Initiative, Strengthening Chicago's Youth, Partners to End Domestic Violence, and Enrich Chicago and taught courses in philanthropy and leadership at DePaul University and Loyola University. He will succeed RICHARD BURNS, a nonprofit management consultant who has served as interim executive director of the foundation for the past year. Prior to stepping in at JFF, Burns served as interim executive director of the North Star Fund, PENCIL, the Funding Exchange, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, and the Stonewall Community Foundation and, before that, served as chief operating officer of the Arcus Foundation and as executive director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York City from 1986 to 2009.

The Pfaffinger Foundation, which was established in 1936 to assist needy employees and retirees of the Los Angeles Times and its sister companies in the former Times Mirror Co., has announced the appointment of DEIDRE S. LIND as president and CEO. Lind joins the foundation from the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles, which she founded as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization to help the lives of ordinary Angelenos through public/private partnerships. From 2004 to 2013 she worked for Mattel Inc., including stints as director of corporate affairs and executive director of the Mattel Children’s Foundation. She will succeed STEPHEN C. MEIER, who is retiring after twenty-one years with the foundation.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan, has announced the appointment of FAYE ALEXANDER NELSON as its new director of Michigan programs. In that role, Nelson will provide leadership and oversight of the foundation’s investments in Michigan in collaboration and partnership with grantees, communities, and other stakeholders throughout the region. Most recently, Nelson served as the 2017-2018 Sojourner Truth Fellow at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Prior to that, she served as vice president of DTE Energy and as president and board chair of the DTE Energy Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the company.  During her tenure, Nelson co-led the restructuring of the foundation and oversaw its annual grantmaking to more than four hundred nonprofits in the state. Prior to joining DTE Energy, Nelson served for ten years as the inaugural president and CEO of the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, where she oversaw the public-private transformation of the abandoned industrial waterfront into a vibrant public space featuring parks, plazas, pavilions, and pathways.

The William T. Grant Foundation in New York City has announced two new hires to its program team: FABIENNE DOUCET as program officer and JENNY IRONS as associate program officer. Both Irons, who joined the foundation on July 2, and Doucet, who starts her new role on January 2, 2019, will serve as members of the foundation’s senior program team, which sets its research agenda and strategic priorities and supports the foundation’s funding initiatives on reducing inequality and the use of research evidence in policy and practice. Irons has worked in university administrative positions as well as directed qualitative evaluation research at the Policy & Research Group in New Orleans. As a research consultant, she conducted a summative evaluation for the Greater New Orleans Foundation of its post-Hurricane Katrina Community Revitalization Fund and until 2013 was an associate professor of sociology at Hamilton College, where her research and teaching focused on race, gender, and social movements. Doucet currently is an associate professor in NYU’s Department of Teaching and Learning and an affiliated faculty member with the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Institute for Human Development and Social Change, and the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools. The foundation also announced that VIVIAN LOUIE will be stepping down from her position as program officer and has accepted a position as director of the Asian American Studies Center and Program and professor in the Department of Urban Policy and Planning at Hunter College. Louie has been instrumental in the success of the foundation’s reducing inequality initiative, launched the first-ever learning community meeting for those grantees, has provided leadership for the mentoring grants program, and wrote "Moving it Forward," a forthcoming paper calling on universities to support stronger mentoring for researchers of color.

The Los Angeles-based Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation has announced the election of a new member to its board as well as a leadership change in its Hawaii office. On November 30, ALVIN AWAYA, trustee and vice president/CEO of the Hawaii office, will conclude forty-four years of service with the foundation. Awaya’s tenure included leadership and direction of the Hawaii office, which manages the foundation’s real estate holdings and grantmaking in the Hawaiian Islands, and service as both a trustee and employee of the foundation since 1990. Before starting his career with Harry Weinberg in 1974, Awaya worked for a national CPA firm. The foundation also announced the unanimous selection of GORDON BERLIN to its board, effective December 1, 2018. Berlin joined MDRC, a New York-based nonprofit, nonpartisan education and social policy research organization dedicated to learning the most effective ways of improving programs and policies that affect the poor, in 1990 and was named president of the organization in 2004. Before joining MDRC, he served as executive deputy administrator for management, budget, and policy at the New York City Human Resources Administration and, prior to that, worked for six years as a program officer and deputy director of the Ford Foundation’s Urban Poverty program.

STEPHANIE K. MEEKS has announced that she will be stepping down as president and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation at the end of this year. Meeks became the eighth president and first woman chief executive officer in the nearly seventy-year history of the National Trust when she joined the organization in July 2010. During her tenure, she oversaw the largest fundraising campaign in the organization’s history, surpassing the $200 million goal by more than $105 million; led the re-positioning of the organization’s portfolio of twenty-seven historic sites; added a significant new historic site in Southern California, Thornton Gardens; established the National Treasures program, which brings resources and attention to historic places that reflect the wide contours of the American past; and co-authored the book The Past and Future City: How Historic Preservation is Reviving America's Communities, published by Island Press in the fall of 2016. The board of trustees will begin a national search for her successor immediately. 

ARTHUR LEVINE has announced that he will be stepping down as president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation in July 2019. Named president of the organization in 2006, Levine has helped transform it into a national leader in educator preparation and school improvement, spearheading the creation of a portfolio of innovative programs designed to improve educational opportunities, with a focus on high-need communities. Prior to joining the organization, Levine served as president and professor of education at Teachers College, Columbia University and, before that, as chair of the Institute for Educational Management and as a senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is the author or co-author of twelve books and dozens of articles and reviews, including a series of reports for the Education Schools project on the preparation of school leaders, teachers, and education researchers.

In other news, PND notes the passing in North Middlesex, Vermont, of D. JOHN HEYMAN on July 1 at the age of 95. A lifelong human rights activist, philanthropist, and social worker, Heyman served as president and vice chair of the New York Foundation in the 1960s and 1970s, leading its support for the civil rights movement in the South and inspiring other, more established foundations to follow suit. Over the course of his career as a social justice activist, Heyman also served as chair of the National Committee Against Discrimination in Housing; on the New York City Board of Correction; as board treasurer of the American Civil Liberties Union and the Mississippi CLU; as vice chair of the National Scholarship Fund for Negro Students and vice chair of the Health Insurance Plan of Greater NY; as president of Career Center for Social Service, New York City; on the executive committee of the American Korean Foundation; as executive officer of the New York City Rent and Rehabilitation Administration; as vice president of the International Psychiatric Research Fund and vice president of the International Committee Against Mental Illness; as treasurer of the board of trustees of Tougaloo College for more than fifty years; and as president of the Heyman Family Fund. In addition, he was decorated as the Commander Order Toussaint-Louverture, Haiti, for his work building the first mental hospital in Haiti. Heyman earned his BA at Columbia College in 1947 and during World War II served in the 387th Infantry Regiment in Europe and Japan. He is survived by his children, Stephen Heyman, Lynne Sedransk and Jan Thouron; stepdaughter Arielle Saiber; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and ex-wives Geraldine L. Heyman, Janne Patterson, and Julia Saiber Heyman. A memorial gathering will be held in Manhattan on September 30 at the apartment of Mr. Heyman's brother, Ken Heyman. Contributions may be made in Mr. Heyman's name to endow a civil rights chair at Tougaloo College.

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