People in the News (09/13/2020): appointments, promotions, obituaries

People in the News (09/13/2020): appointments, promotions, obituaries

The board of directors of the Chicago-based Coleman Foundation has announced the appointment of SHELLEY A. DAVIS as the foundation’s new president and CEO. A lifelong Chicagoan with more than twenty-five of experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, Davis joins the organization from the Forest Preserve Foundation, where she served as its inaugural president. Prior to that, she held positions at the Chicago Foundation for Women, the Joyce Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Field Foundation of Illinois. A graduate of Lawrence University, where she serves on the board of trustees, Davis currently is a lecturer at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and chairs the board of the Albert Pick Jr. Fund.

Following a year-long national search, the Ballmer Group has announced LOREN HARRIS as its first executive director of national impact. In that role, Harris will lead the organization’s national grantmaking strategy and work to expand its work in key impact areas such as early childhood, housing, workforce, and education. Harris most recently served as chief program and strategy officer at the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, where he was a member of the executive leadership team and helped guide the foundation into its second decade. He also has served as vice president of programs at the Nathan Cummings Foundation, as a program officer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and in the Ford Foundation’s Asset Building and Community Development Program, and as an associate program officer in the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation’s Pathways Out of Poverty Program. He began his career at the STRIVE program at the Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center in East Harlem, where he saw how lack of opportunity significantly impacts individuals, households, and entire communities. Currently based in Oakland, Harris will be relocating to work in Ballmer Group’s headquarters in Bellevue, Washington.

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has announced the promotion of ADAM LINKER to the position of director of programs. Linker joined the trust in 2016 as Health Improvement program officer and over the past four years has played a leadership role in developing its grantmaking strategies, building the capacity of rural leaders, and growing the foundation’s portfolio of grantees led by people of color and rural residents. He is an expert on the Affordable Care Act and the Medicaid coverage gap and has spent years advocating for healthcare policies that benefit residents who lack health insurance and access to quality, affordable health care. The foundation also announced that MADISON ALLEN will join its Health Improvement team in November as senior program officer. Allen, currently a senior policy attorney at the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) in Washington, D.C., has spent her career attorney advocating for improved access to health care at the local, state, and federal levels. At CLASP, she is the co-lead of the Protecting Immigrant Families, Advancing Our Future Campaign, which works to coordinate advocacy efforts to fight policy proposals that harm immigrant families, and is a national speaker on legal, child, immigrant, and anti-poverty issues.

The New York City-based William T. Grant Foundation has announced LAUREN SUPPLEE as its new senior program officer. In that role, Dr. Supplee will lead foundation initiatives focused on improving the use of research evidence and its Institutional Challenge Grants program and will participate in setting program directions, developing and implementing new initiatives, reviewing grants, supporting grantee work, and representing the foundation with external audiences. For the past four years, Supplee has served as deputy chief operating officer and senior scholar in early childhood research at Child Trends, a nonpartisan research center focused on children and their families. Prior to joining Child Trends, she worked for ten years in the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation at the federal Administration for Children and Families, including four years as the director of its Division of Family Strengthening. Dr. Supplee currently serves on the boards of Society for Prevention Research and DC’s Family and Youth Initiative, and on Project Evident’s national evaluation advisory board.

The Skoll Foundation in Palo Alto, California, has announced the appointment of CHERYL L. DORSEY, president of social venture fund Echoing Green, to is board.  Prior to joining Echoing Green, Cheryl was a social entrepreneur and received an Echoing Green Fellowship in 1992 to help launch The Family Van, a community-based mobile health unit in Boston. She became the first Echoing Green Fellow to head the fund in 2002 and in the years since has worked to foster connections between emerging entrepreneurs, change leaders, and funders. In 2020, she co-authored a research report in partnership with the Bridgespan Group, Racial Equity and Philanthropy: Disparities in Funding for Leaders of Color Leave Impact on the Table, that looks at how the persistent barriers between capital and leaders of color can be broken down and how philanthropic capital can be distributed more equitably to problem-solvers who have the lived experience needed to develop sustainable solutions to urgent challenges.

Global relief and development organization Americares in Stamford, Connecticut, has announced the appointment of M. RASHAD MASSOUD, MD, MPH, FACP, as its new senior vice president and chief program officer. Dr. Massoud previously served as chief medical and quality officer and senior vice president of the Quality and Performance Institute at University Research Co., where he led URC’s quality improvement efforts in more than forty countries, and as director of USAID’s Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems Project. Before that, he served as senior vice president at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he worked on innovation, transformation and large-scale programming, and as a medical officer with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency. He has also consulted for and collaborated with KPMG, UNICEF, the World Bank, the World Health Organization, and several other nonprofit organizations.

And the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City has announced the appointment of PATRICIA MARROQUIN NORBY (Purépecha) as its first associate curator of Native American art. In that role, Norby will join the staff of the American Wing, where historical Native American art is now displayed, under the direction of Sylvia Yount, Lawrence A. Fleischman Curator in Charge. Dr. Norby previously served as senior executive and assistant director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian-New York and as director of the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies at The Newberry, in Chicago.

"The Coleman Foundation Announces Shelley A. Davis, President and CEO." Coleman Foundation Announcement 09/08/2020. "Announcing Loren Harris, Executive Director of National Impact." Ballmer Group News Release 09/08/2020. "The Trust Announces Director of Programs Adam Linker, Senior Program Officer Madison Allen." Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust News Release 09/09/2020. "William T. Grant Foundation Welcomes Lauren Supplee as Senior Program Officer" William T. Grant Foundation Email 09/08/2020. "Skoll Foundation Announces Cheryl L. Dorsey to Join Board of Directors." Skoll Foundation Email 09/09/2020. "Americares Names New Senior Vice President and Chief Program Officer" Americares Email 09/08/2020. "Patricia Marroquin Norby Named Associate Curator of Native American Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Metropolitan Museum of Art Press Release 09/08/2020.