People in the News (09/08/19): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (09/08/19): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The Open Society Foundations has announced that SARAH MARGON is joining the organization and will lead its work to advance a progressive U.S. foreign policy. Margon joins OSF from Human Rights Watch,  where she served as the organization’s Washington director. Previously, she served as senior foreign policy advisor to former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI), as staff director to the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs, and in various roles at Oxfam America, the Center for National Security Studies, and OSF.

The Council on Foundations has announced DAVID KASS as vice president of government affairs and strategic communications. Kass joins the organization after serving as president of the Council for a Strong America, an organization he led for more than fifteen years. During his tenure, he helped raise more than $100 million and created a diverse network of professionals in law enforcement, the military, business, and faith-based and athletic organizations committed to policies and programs intended to change the lives of children across the country. He also was instrumental in helping to win passage of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program, securing $1.5 billion in new federal funding for the program, and led the creation of a comprehensive Police Training Institute to teach police officers how to more effectively de-escalate conflict, understand unconscious bias, and develop more positive interactions with young people of color. His previous leadership experience included a stint as acting assistant secretary for congressional intergovernmental relations at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The International Women's Health Coalition welcomes JUHU THUKRAL as vice president of programs. In that role, Thukral will lead newly constituted programs team working to advance the organization’s efforts to advance sexual and reproductive rights and support feminist movements. A human rights lawyer and narrative strategist, Thukral previously served on senior leadership teams at the Urban Justice Center, Opportunity Agenda, the NY Anti-Trafficking Network, and the NYC Women’s Salon. She began her career at NARAL Pro-Choice Texas and had legal fellowships at Equal Rights Advocates and the Center for Reproductive Rights.

The Solutions Project, a national advocacy and grantmaking organization that promotes 100 percent clean energy for all people, has announced that Nathan Cummings Foundation president SHARON L. ALPERT is joining its board and  will work to advance the organization’s 100% Commitment to Justice, a groundbreaking pledge to fund frontline climate groups led by women and people of color. Alpert, who has served as president and CEO of the New York City-based foundation since November 2015, has more than twenty years’ experience supporting environmental justice and social justice movements. "We are thrilled that Sharon is joining our board. Her expertise and leadership acumen will be incredible assets to our organization," said Solutions Project executive director Sarah Shanley Hope. "It reflects our philosophy that feminine leadership is key to addressing climate change. Feminine leadership is about prioritizing collaboration over competition, and bottom-up decision-making over top-down decision-making."

In other news, the board of directors of the National Human Services Assembly has announced that President and CEO LEE I. SHERMAN has announced his retirement, effective November 30, 2019. As president and CEO, Sherman worked to advance the organization’s structural priorities and launch new initiatives designed to secure the organization’s future, including PolicySource.org, a free public tool that provides member organizations with an online database they can search for relevant national legislation. Sherman will continue to serve as president and CEO as the organization conducts a national search for his successor.

"Open Society Foundations Announce New Director of Foreign Policy Advocacy." Open Society Foundations News Release 09/04/2019. "The Council on Foundations Names David Kass, Vice President of Government Affairs and Strategic Communications." Council on Foundations Press Release 09/05/2019. "Juhu Thukral Joins IWHC as Vice President of Programs." International Women’s Health Coalition Email 09/04/2019. "Nathan Cummings Foundation President Joins the Solutions Project’s Board to Promote Feminine Leadership on Climate." Solutions Project Announcement 09/05/2019. "An Announcement From the Board of Directors." National Human Services Assembly Email 09/05/2019.