People in the News (07/8/18): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (07/8/18): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The San Francisco-based Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund has announced the appointment of SEPI AGHDEE as program officer. Aghdee, who was born in Iran and immigrated to the United States with her family at the age of 12, joins the fund after a two-year fellowship for emerging leaders with The San Francisco Foundation. In her new position, Sepi will support grantmaking to advance rights and create economic opportunity, with a focus on the fund’s work with its anchor Bay Area partners.  

The Case Foundation in Washington, D.C., has announced that LISA GREEN HALL will be joining the foundation to lead its impact investing work. In that role, Hall will serve as a joint senior fellow at both the Case Foundation and the Beeck Center at Georgetown University, which leverages talent, data, technology, policy, and finance to drive social impact and improve people's lives. Hall previously served as managing director at Anthos Asset Management in the Netherlands and served as CEO and president of the Calvert Foundation from 2010 to 2013, following a five-year stint as head of the organization’s investment portfolio. She also served in the Clinton administration as a policy advisor at the National Economic Council, where she worked on the creation of the New Markets Investment Tax Credit.

Following an extensive national search, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California, has announced the appointment of KAREN R. LAWRENCE, former president of Sarah Lawrence College, as its new president, effective September 1. Lawrence joins The Huntington following ten years as president at Sarah Lawrence, where she was credited with helping the small liberal arts school weather the 2008-09 financial crisis and shepherding the institution into a period of strong growth and performance. She is also credited with enhancing the diversity of the student body, with students of color increasing from 14 percent to 24 percent and the international student population increasing from four percent to 12 percent during her tenure.

Dance/NYC has announced that Executive Director LANE HARWELL will transition from the organization this summer to join the Ford Foundation as program officer, creativity and free expression, in which role Harwell will support the foundation’s explorations of how the arts can contribute to fairer and more just societies. As founding executive director since 2013, Harwell led Dance/NYC’s transition from a program of Dance/USA, the national service organization, to an independent nonprofit and helped establish its core capabilities of advocacy, research, leadership training, technology, and grantmaking while launching major initiatives focused on racial justice, disability equity, and immigrant rights. His final day at the organization will be July 30. ALEJANDRA DUQUE CIFUENTES, director of programming and justice initiatives, and MILENA LUNA, manager of operations and grantmaking, will serve as acting co-executive directors while the board of directors undertakes a search for new leadership.

The Varkey Foundation, a London-based global education charity, has announced that VIKAS POTA is stepping down as chief executive to lead a new organization that will the explore the role of technology in education. Pota, who has been chief executive of the organization since it was founded by education entrepreneur and philanthropist Sunny Varkey in 2011, will be succeeded as CEO by CATE NOBLE, the organization’s current COO. During his eight years as CEO, Pota oversaw the launch and subsequent success of the Global Teacher Prize, which annually awards a $1 million prize to one teacher while telling stories of thousands of more great teachers around the world; led the 2013 launch of the organization’s Global Education and Skills Forum, which today is regarded as the "Davos of education"; and published groundbreaking global reports such as the world’s first Global Teacher Status Index, which highlighted the fact that there are significant differences between the status of teachers worldwide.

"Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund Hires New Program Officer." Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund Press Release 07/05/2018. "Case Foundation Welcomes Veteran Impact Investing Leader Lisa Hall to Team." Case Foundation Email 07/03/2018. "Karen R. Lawrence Named President of The Huntington." The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Press Release 07/05/2018. "Dance/NYC Announces Transition of Executive Director Lane Harwell." Dance/NYC News Release 06/19/2018. "Varkey Foundation Chief Executive Steps Down to Spearhead New Organisation That Explores the Role of Technology in Education" Varkey Foundation Email 06/27/2018.