Following a nationwide search, the board of directors of the Iowa West Foundation has named Council Bluffs native BRENDA MAINWARING as the foundation's next president and CEO, effective September 8. Mainwaring, the first woman to be named to the role, brings decades of experience to the position from her years as an executive at Union Pacific, where she is credited with developing funding partnerships with communities and not-for-profit organizations across Iowa, Nebraska, and eight Southern states. A graduate of the University of Iowa, she will take over from current president and CEO Pete Tulipana, who is retiring after serving in the role since 2012.
The New York City-based Arcus Foundation, a global foundation that works to promote respect for diversity among peoples and in nature, has announced the appointment of ALISON WHITE as a research, learning and evaluation program officer in its Great Apes & Gibbons Program. Prior to joining Arcus, White worked in advocacy, development, and environmental positions in the UK, Botswana, Gabon, South Africa, and Uganda, where she helped set up the Uganda Community Tourism Association (UCOTA). While working for the Kuru Family of Organizations in Botswana, she co-compiled and edited Voices of the San: Living in Southern Africa Today (2004), the first-ever book written by the San people themselves about their traditional lives and the impact of other people coming into their lands.
NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) has announced the appointment of TROY RIDDLE to the new position of chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer, reporting to president and CEO Gina McCarthy. Riddle previously served as assistant dean of diversity and inclusion at Albany Law School; assistant dean of diversity, equity and inclusion at John Marshall Law School in Chicago; assistant dean and multicultural affairs officer at Widener University Delaware Law School; and assistant director for diversity initiatives with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). A past winner of the Diversity Excellence in Leadership Award from the National Association of Law Student Affairs Professionals and the Illinois State Bar Association Diversity Leadership Award, he has a juris doctor from Widener and a master’s in business administration from Philadelphia University.
The Kirkpatrick Family Fund in Oklahoma City has announced the appointment of the Rev. ROBIN R. MEYERS, PhD, to its board of trustees. Meyers is a retired senior minister of Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ of Oklahoma City and a distinguished professor of social justice emeritus in the Philosophy Department at Oklahoma City University. A fellow and former board member of the Westar Institute, a newspaper columnist and commentator for NPR, and the author of eight books about religion and culture, he lectures nationally and internationally on the merits of Progressive Christianity, gave the Lyman Beecher Lectures at Yale, and is the subject of a feature-length documentary, American Heretics: The Politics of the Gospel, about the unlikely success of his progressive ministry in perhaps American’s most conservative state.
The Atlanta-based CDC Foundation has announced the election of JEFFREY KOPLAN, MD, MPH, vice president for Global Health at Emory University, and AMELIE RAMIREZ, DrPH, MPH, professor and chair of the Department of Population Health Sciences and director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio, to five-year terms on its board of directors.
The Proteus Fund, a grantmaking public charity in Amherst, Massachusetts, that partners with foundations, advocates, and donors to advance democracy, human rights and peace, has announced the appointment of two new members to its board. TIA OROS PETERS, CEO of the Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples, is a nationally recognized expert on Indigenous women's leadership, the protection of water as a sacred element for Indigenous Peoples, and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. And ELIZABETH ("Betsy") SCHMIDT is a professor of practice the School of Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and an expert in nonprofit development and management.
Former Demos president HEATHER McGHEE has been named a trustee emeritus of the Demos board. Over the last eighteen years with the organization, most recently as a Distinguished Senior Fellow (2018-20) and president (2014-18), McGhee has been a tireless and passionate advocate for a just and inclusive multiracial democracy. In her two-year role as Distinguished Senior Fellow, she continued to be integral to Demos’ work and public profile and this year gave her first TED Talk, Racism Has a Cost for Everyone. In the coming months, Heather will be focusing on two new podcasts and her first book, The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together, to be published in February.