Northern California Grantmakers has announced the appointment of DWAYNE S. MARSH as its new CEO, effective September 9. Marsh brings nearly thirty years of experience in the racial and economic equity field to his new position, most recently as co-director of the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) and as vice president of institutional and sectoral change at Race Forward. Previously, he served as a senior advisor in the Office of Economic Resilience at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for six years, spent a decade at PolicyLink, and directed the FAITHS Initiative at the San Francisco Foundation for eight years.
The Kenneth Rainin Foundation has announced that chief program and strategy officer LOREN HARRIS is leaving the foundation to join the Ballmer Group as its first national director of impact. In his two years in the position, Harris served on the executive leadership team, supported a diverse grantmaking portfolio, engaged staff in leading process improvements across the foundation's grantmaking and organizational operations, and worked to develop a more cohesive and inclusive organizational culture.
The Obama Foundation has announced that philanthropist CONNIE BALLMER and investor and community leader DEMOND MARTIN have joined its board of directors. Ballmer is co-founder of Ballmer Group, which supports efforts to improve economic mobility for children and families in the United States; a general partner and founding investor at the funder collaborative Blue Meridian Partners; and a member of the boards of StriveTogether and the L.A. Clippers Foundation. Martin, a partner at Adage Capital Management, and his wife, Kia, have supported efforts to address racial and social injustice, with a focus on education and health care.
The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has announced the appointment of MARGARET WALDOCK as executive director of Duke Farms, a 2,740-acre environmental stewardship center. An environmentalist and conservation leader, Waldock brings more than twenty years of experience in the public and charitable sectors to her new position, most recently as director of the Environment Program at the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, where she oversaw a grant portfolio aimed at protecting and stewarding critical watersheds, improving environmental public policy, and supporting community-driven sustainability. She previously served as executive director of the Hunterdon Land Trust and also has worked for the Trust for Public Land, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and the American Farmland Trust. She succeeds MICHAEL CATANIA, who retired in April.
Grantmakers for Girls of Color has announced the appointment of MAHEEN KALEEM as its new deputy director. In that position, she will be responsible for the development and management of G4GC's programs, grants, and operations. Kaleem previously served as a program officer at the NoVo Foundation, where she led the development of a three-year, $10 million investment in support of efforts to close "on-ramps" to commercial sexual exploitation and create "exit ramps" for survivors. She also has served as staff attorney for Rights4Girls, a human rights organization dedicated to ending gender-based violence against marginalized girls and young women.
Creative Capital, a national nonprofit that provides awards and advisory services to artists, has announced the election of six new board members: EDGAR ARCENEAUX, an artist, director, associate professor at the USC Roski School of Art and Design, and a 2005 Creative Capital awardee; REGINALD M. BROWNE, a principal at electronic trading firm GTS; artist and designer ISA CATTO; ALEJANDRO GONZÁLEZ, co-founder of branding and advertising agency AR New York Corp.; transdisciplinary artist and designer JAE RHIM LEE, founder and CEO of Coeio and a 2009 Creative Capital awardee; and JOSEPH V. MELILLO, former executive producer at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
The organization also announced the election of ANNIE HAN, an artist, architect, and a 2005 Creative Capital awardee, and BILL FOULKES, a strategic planning and marketing consultant, entrepreneur, and faculty member at the Rhode Island School of Design, as board co-chairs, as well as the creation of a national advisory council co-chaired by CATHARINE R. STIMPSON and FRED WILSON. Other members of the council include MICHÈLE BRAZIL, 2006 Creative Capital awardee HASAN ELAHI, LISA HELLER, CHRISTOPHER HIBMA, LEWIS HYDE, JON KURLAND, 2012 Creative Capital awardee PENNY LANE, Creative Capital founding director and president RUBY LERNER, film director RICHARD LINKLATER, 2008 Creative Capital awardee MATTHEW MOORE, JAMES SCHAMUS, and MARQUISE STILLWELL.
In other news, the Souls Grown Deep Foundation has announced the passing of founder WILLIAM S. ARNETT, who supported, collected, and showcased self-taught African-American artists from the Deep South, including the quilters of Gee's Bend, Alabama, at the age of 81. Born in Columbus, Georgia, Arnett traveled around the world collecting art for the gallery he ran with his brother until the 1980s, when he began collecting and championing what he called "Black vernacular art" and organized or supported major exhibitions at more than forty museums. In 2010, he donated more than thirteen hundred artworks to establish the Souls Grown Deep Foundation, which works to ensure the preservation and documentation of the art of Southern African-American artists and supports related scholarship, exhibitions, education, public programs, and publications. Arnett is survived by his brother Robert and his sons Paul, Matt, Harry, and Tom.