People in the News (09/27/2020): appointments, promotions, obituaries

People in the News (09/27/2020): appointments, promotions, obituaries

After serving as the foundation's vice president of public affairs since 2016, RICHARD TATE has been promoted to the position of executive vice president by the California Wellness Foundation. In his new role, Tate will join the foundation's executive office and serve as chief deputy to president and CEO Judy Belk. Prior to joining the foundation, Tate served as vice president of communications and marketing at Hopelab, a health-focused nonprofit supported by the Omidyar Group, and as a director of communications at Chiron, a global biotechnology company. Based in the foundation's Oakland office, he currently serves as board secretary of Northern California Grantmakers and as chair of OUTWORDS.

The Walton Family Foundation in Bentonville, Arkansas, has named CHELSEA PETERS as its new chief strategy officer. In that role, Peters will serve as a key advisor to executive director Caryl M. Stern and support engagement with the board and the foundation's leadership team. Peters joins the foundation from UNICEF USA, where she served as senior vice president and chief regional strategy and operations officer, managing nine regional boards and offices responsible for major gifts, special events, UNICEF Next Generation, and community engagement. She is also a founding member of Chief, a private network that connects and support women leaders.

The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation in Morristown, New Jersey, has announced NAEEMA CAMPBELL as  Environment program officer. In that role, Campbell, who has been serving as Environment and Informed Communities program associate, will assume the responsibilities of Margaret Waldrock, who recently was named executive director of Duke Farms. Prior to joining the foundation, Campbell worked at Partners for Health in Montclair, supporting that organization's community health-related grantmaking and collective-impact initiatives. 

The Atlanta-based CDC Foundation has announced the appointment of LAUREN A. SMITH, MD, MPH as chief health equity and strategy officer. In the newly created role, Smith will partner with  other senior leaders to develop and drive strategic efforts to embed health equity across the foundation’s COVID-19 response activities, with an explicit focus on addressing systemic racism and its impact on the capacity of vulnerable populations to be resilient amid a pandemic. Smith joins the foundation from FSG, a leading social impact consulting firms, where she served as co-CEO and led the firm’s U.S. health practice. Her previous leadership roles have included serving as medical director and interim commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health; as national medical director for the Medical Legal Partnership for Children; and as medical director for the pediatric inpatient service at Boston Medical Center, where she was on the faculty at the Boston University School of Medicine.

The Kresge Foundation in Troy, Michigan, has announced the appointment of SUZANNE SHANK and MICHAEL BARR to its board. Shank leads and is majority-owner of the nation's top-ranked minority and woman owned investment bank, Siebert Williams Shank & Co., LLC. Prior to forming SWS through a merger in 2019, she was CEO of Siebert Cisneros Shank, LLC, a firm she co-founded in 1996 that grew to become the first MWBE firm to rank in the top ten among U.S. municipal debt underwriters and the first MWBE to lead a municipal underwriting over $1 billion in principal amount. Barr, dean of the Ford School of Public Policy, the Frank Murphy Collegiate Professor of Public Policy, and the Roy and Jean Humphrey Proffitt Professor of Law at University of Michigan Law School, is the founder and faculty director of U-M's Center on Finance, Law, and Policy and co-founded the Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project. 

The Henry Luce Foundation In New York City has announced the appointment of JOANNE BERGER-SWEENEY, president of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, to its board of directors. Berger-Sweeney began her academic career as an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Wellesley College and rose through the ranks to become the Allene Lummis Russell Professor in Neuroscience. Her teaching and research career at Wellesley spanned thirteen years prior to her being named associate dean in 2004. During her tenure as president of Trinity, and in the four years preceding as dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University, she has dedicated herself to promoting diversity and inclusiveness, campus-community relations, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Berger-Sweeney serves on the boards of the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges, which she chairs; the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education; Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; and AFS-USA, a leading intercultural education organization headquartered in New York City.

The Schott Foundation for Public Education has announced the election of six new members to its board of directors. The new directors are: ALANDRA WASHINGTON, vice president for transformation and organizational effectiveness at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation; AMIR WINDOM, an A&R executive with major film companies, including Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures, and Lionsgate Films; DORIAN BURTON, EdLD, chief program officer and assistant executive director at the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; JULIAN VASQUEZ HEILIG, PhD, dean of the University of Kentucky College of Education; KYLE SERRETTE, senior policy analyst at the National Education Association; and MICHAEL S. WOTORSON, senior community investments officer at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

And the Akron Urban League in Akron, Ohio, has announce the appointment of JENNIFER ROSS to the newly created position of director of diversity and strategic initiatives.  Ross, who has served in a variety of education-related roles over the past twenty years and brings experience to the organization as a post-doc senior research fellow at the African American Policy Forum and the Center for Intersectionality and Policy Studies, will help lead community engagement and outreach efforts and support important conversations in the city area around race, social justice, inclusion, and equality.

"Cal Wellness Names Richard Tate as Executive Vice President." California Wellness Foundation Press Release 09/23/2020. "Walton Family Foundation Names Chief Strategy Officer." Walton Family Foundation Press Release 09/25/2020. "Naeema Campbell named Environment program officer." Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation news release 09/24/2020. "Kresge welcomes two new members to foundation’s board of trustees." Kresge Foundation news release 09/21/2020. "Joanne Berger-Sweeney Joins the Henry Luce Foundation’s Board of Directors." Henry Luce Foundation News Release 09/23/2020. "Schott Adds New Members to its Board of Directors." Schott Foundation for Public Education Press Release 09/25/2020. "CDC Foundation Names Lauren A. Smith to New Role Leading Health Equity and Strategy." CDC Foundation Press Release 09/24/2020. "Akron Urban League Welcomes Dr. Jennifer Ross as Director of Diversity & Strategic Initiatives." Akron Urban League News Release 09/21/2020.