The Columbia Bank Foundation in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, has appointed AMY DUPUIS as executive director. Dupuis joins the foundation, the tenth largest charitable foundation in the state, from Sanofi US, where she held the roles of Vice President, Sanofi Cares Foundation North America and Senior Manager, North America Corporate Social Responsibility simultaneously. Dupuis previously served as chair of the Partnership for Quality Medical Donations and as a member of the Sanofi US Diversity and Inclusion U.S. Council.
The board of trustees of the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, have announced the appointment of DAVID ELLIS as interim executive director, following the retirement of VAN SHIELDS, who had been executive director since September 2011. Ellis, who will lead the museum while a search is under way for a permanent executive director, served as president of the Museum of Science from 1990 to 2002; as interim president of the Boston Children’s Museum; and as interim executive director of the Harvard Museum of Natural History. In addition to his work in museums, Ellis was president of Lafayette College from 1978 to 1990 and prior to that he was vice president/vice provost for academic affairs and a faculty member at the University of New Hampshire. He also has been involved with organizations such as Elderhostel (now Road Scholar), the National Science Foundation Directorate on Education and Human Resources, the Association of Science Technology Centers, the Giant Screen Theatre Association, and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
The board of directors of the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science in New York City has elected DAVID DONESON as the organization's next CEO, effective September 4. Doneson will succeed MARSHALL S. LEVIN, who has served as the Israel-based institute’s CEO since 2008. Doneson, a senior fundraising professional, was most recently chief development officer of the American Technion Society. Prior to joining ATS, he served as director of development for the University of Michigan Health System, where he managed teams dedicated to major gifts fundraising, and in multiple roles at the University of Michigan, including directing alumni relations and major gifts.
God’s Love We Deliver, a New York metro area provider of medically tailored meals for clients too sick to shop or cook for themselves, has added AERIN LAUDER to its board of directors. A designer, philanthropist, and mother of two, Lauder has been active as a volunteer with the organization for years and was honored for Lifetime Achievement at the organization’s 2013 Golden Heart Awards. She also serves on the boards of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Foundation for Art & Preservation in Embassies.
Her Justice, a New York City organization that recruits and mentors volunteer lawyers to provide legal help to low-women living in poverty, has announced the election of KELLEY CORNISH, a partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, ELIZABETH ABRAMS, managing director at Millstein & Co., and NICOLE GREENBLATT, a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, to its board.
In other news, PND notes the passing of civic leader, advocate, and commentator JEREMY NOWAK, 66, of complications from a heart attack. A passionate advocate for Philadelphia, Nowak founded the Reinvestment Fund in that city and later led the William Penn Foundation. He had been serving as a distinguished visiting fellow at Drexel University’s Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation at the time of his death and last year co-authored a book on urban development with Bruce Katz titled The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism. According to the Inquirer, Nowak was perhaps best known for his decades-long association with the Reinvestment Fund, which he founded with a $10,000 grant in 1985 to lend money to projects in struggling neighborhoods and which, by the time he left in 2011, had allocated more than $1 billion toward housing, small businesses, and community facilities. In a note on the Kresge Foundation website, Rip Rapson, the foundation’s president and CEO, said: "Jeremy's untimely passing is indescribably tragic. Over the course of his career, he provided a unique blend of focused brilliance, constructive iconoclasm, unshakable decency and unremitting passion that help set the course of innovation at the local level for a generation of policymakers and practitioners – not just in his beloved Philadelphia but in communities across the nation. The loss to his family, to his city and to the field of urban development is incalculable." Nowak is survived by Jano Cohen, his wife of thirty-six years; his daughter, Jessica Cohen-Nowak; his son, Adam Cohen-Nowak; a brother, Edward Nowak; and a sister, Nancy Nowak.