The Annie E. Casey Foundation has announced the appointment of SANDRA GASCA-GONZALEZ, who has served as director of the foundation's Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative for more than three years, as vice president of its Center for Systems Innovation. In her new role, Gasca-Gonzalez will oversee national and state reform efforts in child welfare and juvenile justice. She will replace TERESA MARKOWITZ, who now serves as CEO of Case Commons.
The Walton Family Foundation has announced that LOUISE EPSTEIN has joined the foundation as director of university partnerships. In that role, Epstein, the former managing director of the Innovation Center in the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, will liaise between the foundation and partners in higher education, with a focus on collaborations with the University of Arkansas aimed at helping the university commercialize its research.
The Kresge Foundation in Troy, Michigan, has announced the appointment of ZENNA ELHASAN to serve as its first lead attorney. In the newly created role, Elhasan will advise the foundation's board and staff on legal matters, support the development and enforcement of foundation policies and practices, and manage outside counsel relationships. Elhasan previously served as corporation counsel for Wayne County, Michigan; as a judicial magistrate and director of probation for the Twentieth District Court in Dearborn Heights, Michigan; and as a partner at Allen Brothers, Attorneys and Counselors.
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has named RICHARD MARGOLUIS as its new chief measurement, evaluation, and learning officer, in which role he will work closely with the board of trustees and grantmaking teams to advance the foundation's work in science, environmental conservation, patient care, and in the Bay Area. Margoluis joined the foundation in 2016 from Foundations of Success, which he co-founded with the aim of improving the practice of conservation and development through enhanced monitoring, evaluation, learning, and collaboration.
The Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation has announced the election of two new board members to its board: JOSEPH A. BOATENG, chief investment officer at Casey Family Programs, and MATTHEW BREITFELDER, managing director and chief talent officer of BlackRock, Inc. Boateng joined Casey Family Programs in 2007 as the organization's first in-house CIO and is responsible for a $2.4 billion portfolio.
The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation has announced the appointment of YUNG S. LIE as president and CEO, succeeding LORRAINE W. EGAN, who will step down in December. Lie, who completed her postdoctoral research in neuroscience as a Damon Runyon Fellow from 2001 to 2004 at the University of California at San Francisco and at Rockefeller University, currently serves as the foundation's deputy director and chief scientific officer and is the first scientist and Damon Runyon alumna to lead the organization.
The Smithsonian Institution has announced the appointment of art historian CHASE F. ROBINSON as the Dame Jillian Sackler Director of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art, succeeding JULIAN RABY, who retired in December 2017. A scholar of Islamic history and culture, Robinson currently serves as president of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where he recruited the center's first Nobel laureate faculty member, put in place partnerships with institutions in the U.S. and abroad, and greatly expanded public programming in arts, culture, and public affairs.
The National Medal of Honor Museum in Charleston, South Carolina, has announced the election of five new members to its board: MAJ. WILLIAM SWENSON, U.S. Army active duty and Medal of Honor recipient; MATTHEW ZAMES, president and senior managing director of Cerberus Capital Management; MIKE HAYES, senior vice president and head of strategic operations at Cognizant Technologies; DEBRA BURLINGAME, a 9/11 community activist and a World Trade Center Memorial Foundation board member; and author and television host BRAD MELTZER. The museum also announced a $1 million gift from board members elected earlier.
In other news, the National YoungArts Foundation has announced the appointment of LAUREN SNELLING as senior director of alumni programming. In her new role, Snelling will oversee public programs, career development, and local, regional, and national partnerships designed to establish YoungArts as the leading pipeline for the next generation of artists and creatives. Snelling served as founding artistic director of OZ Arts in Nashville, Tennessee, from 2013 to 2018, and prior to that was artistic associate at Park Avenue Armory in New York City.