The Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation in Sarasota, Florida, has announced the hiring of JESSICA POLK to fill the newly created position of operations manager. In 2018, the foundation increased its grantmaking by 50 percent and launched three new initiatives: First 1,000 Days Sarasota County, Teacher Recruitment|Retention, and Mental Health Environmental Scan. Polk comes to the foundation from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, where she served as corporate secretary, special assistant to the president/CEO and supported the community investment team. Before that, she worked in international business development for MoneyShow, producing conferences in London, Hong Kong, Toronto, and Vancouver.
The Energy Foundation has announced that former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator GINA McCARTHY has joined its board of directors. Currently professor of the practice of public health in the Department of Environmental Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Director of its Center for Health and the Global Environment, McCarthy served as EPA administrator from July 2013 to January 2017 and before that served as assistant administrator for the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. During her career, which spans over thirty years, she has worked at both the state and local levels on critical environmental issues and helped coordinate policies on economic growth, energy, transportation, and the environment.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced the election of AARON I. FLEISCHMAN and SACHA LAINOVIC to its board. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Fleischman founded and oversaw for more than thirty-five years an eponymous Washington, D.C., law firm in the communications, telecom, and energy sectors. He has served on several corporate and museum boards, including the board of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and, currently, on the board of trustees of the Art Institute of Chicago. At the Met, has endowed a curatorial position in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art and, together with his spouse, Linford L. Lougheed, has supported several exhibitions, including a recent retrospective on David Hockney (2017). Lainovic is co-founder and managing partner of the investment firm Invus Financial Advisors, LLC. He also co-founded the global private equity firm the Invus Group, LLC, where he served as executive vice president from 1985 to 2006, and before that was a manager and consultant for the Boston Consulting Group in Paris. Lainovic serves on the boards of the Hospital for Special Surgery and the Ronald McDonald House, both in New York, and on the advisory council of the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
The NHP Foundation, a publicly supported 501(c)(3) not-for-profit real estate corporation, has named BARBARA W. WOLF as its vice-president for philanthropy, in which role she will lead fundraising efforts for NHPF and its affiliate, Operation Pathways. Wolf brings over twenty-five years of fundraising, program management, and advocacy experience to the role, having served vice-president, development for the National Apartment Association Education Institute; vice president of advancement for the MedicAlert Foundation; as senior vice president for the United Way National Capital Area; and as senior vice president at Jobs for America’s Graduates, a national dropout prevention program.