People in the News (09/29/19): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (09/29/19): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

REGINALD ROBINSON has been named president and CEO of the Kansas Health Foundation, a statewide philanthropy based in Wichita, effective December 1. A long-time Kansan and currently vice chancellor for public affairs at the University of Kansas, Robinson has served as president and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents, has been a faculty member at both the Washburn and University of Kansas schools of law, was a special assistant to Attorney General Janet Reno, and served as deputy associate attorney general for the United States. He also was an active duty field artillery officer in the U.S. Army, is a fellow in the National Academy for Professional Administration (NAPA), and currently serves on the NAPA board of directors. His community service includes service on the boards of Friends of the Spencer Museum of Art, the Kansas Leadership Center, the Douglas County Community Foundation, the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, the National Academy of Public Administration, and the National Organization for Victims Assistance.

The Kresge Foundation in Troy, Michigan, has announced the appointment of AARON SEYBERT as its new social investment practice managing director. In his new role, Seybert, who joined Kresge in 2016 as a social investment officer, will work closely with the foundation’s seven program teams to identify opportunities to make non-grant capital and financing available to organizations aligned with the foundation’s strategic priorities nationally and in Detroit. Since joining the foundation, Seybert has led its work to raise awareness about the potential opportunities and risks of Opportunity Zones, a private tax incentive created by Congress through the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, and helped design a set of Kresge guarantees offering $22 million in loss protection to two firms that agreed to reasonable financial and social covenants that ensure transparency and prioritization of community interests. He previously served as an executive director at JPMorgan Chase Bank in the community development banking group and has served on the boards of the Michigan Magnet Fund and Lake Trust Credit Union.

RASHIDA BUMBRAY has been named inaugural director of culture and art at the Open Society Foundations in New York City. In that role, Bumbray, formerly a senior program manager of OSF's Arts Exchange, will lead work to address the aesthetic, political, and capacity needs of arts leaders, individual artists, and cultural activists while supporting the sustainability of a global network of locally-led cultural organizations and initiatives working at the intersection of culture, art, and social change. Selected for the role after a global search, Bumbray previously served as a curator and administrator for the Studio Museum in Harlem (2001–06), The Kitchen (2006–12), Creative Time (2012–14), and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts (2014–15). She also was guest curator of Funk, God, Jazz & Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn for Creative Time and the Weeksville Heritage Center, and curated and commissioned critically-acclaimed solo exhibitions at The Kitchen by Simone Leigh, Leslie Hewitt, Rodney McMillian, and Elodie Pong and performances by Derrick Adams, Sanford Biggers, Mendi and Keith Obadike, Camille Brown, and Kyle Abraham.

The Boston Foundation has announced the hiring of EVA ROSENBERG as interim director, arts and culture, replacing Allyson Esposito, who left the foundation this summer, and VETTO CASADO as assistant director, community grantmaking. A greater Boston native, Rosenberg has been working with the foundation as a consultant to coordinate Live Arts Boston, its signature effort to create opportunities and support producers and performers creating new content. Most recently, she served as a placemaking strategist and arts programmer for Harvard University and prior to that served on the artistic team for a number of festivals, including Outside the Box, a free outdoor festival in Boston that drew more than four hundred thousand people in its most recent iteration. In his new role, Casado, a native of the Dominican Republic who immigrated to the U.S. with his family at the age of six, will lead the foundation’s Boston Neighborhood Fellows, Open Door Grants, and My Summer in the City programs. He previously served as executive director of Small Can Be Big, Inc. and in the summer of 2017 was nominated to serve a four-year term on Gov. Charlie Baker’s Massachusetts Latino Advisory Commission. 

The Surdna Foundation has announced the appointment of SOPHY YEM, the foundation’s grants manager since 2017, as program officer for philanthropy. In her new role, Yem will be responsible for shaping and managing the in New York City-based foundation's grantmaking, engagement, and relationships with philanthropy-serving organizations, donor collaboratives, and other funders, especially family foundations. She also will oversee the Andrus Family Philanthropy Program, a nineteen-year-old experiential-learning program launched by Surdna to engage younger generations of Andrus family members in philanthropy and civic engagement within a social justice framework. Prior to joining the foundation, Yem served as manager of corporate responsibility at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. advising a portfolio of corporate clients — including LinkedIn, Yahoo, and StubHub — on philanthropic strategies, corporate engagement, and grantmaking programs. And as the on-site employee-giving counselor at the Yahoo Employee Foundation, she oversaw grantmaking of $15 million in funds to promote focus areas in education, community, environment, and animal welfare while engaging employees in the process through a new quarterly grant program that allowed them to vote on grant recipients. She started her career as the program coordinator at Asian American LEAD, where she developed and implemented after-school programming for at-risk immigrant and refugee youth.

Surdna also announced the appointment of MANUELA ARCINIEGAS as director of the Andrus Family Fund (AFF). In her new role, Arciniegas, who has served as interim director of AFF since January, will champion its new vision as the fund approaches its twentieth anniversary in 2020. Arciniegas has served the fund in a variety of capacities since 2014. Prior to assuming the role of interim director, she served as its program officer and launched the capacity-building initiative S.O.A.R. (Strengthening Organizations, Amplifying Resilience) while co-managing a $4 million portfolio of more than fifty grantee partners. She also was one of the key organizers of Education Anew: Shifting Justice 2018, AFF’s co-hosted biennial convening that brings together education and youth justice organizers, advocates, and funders.

The Global Philanthropy Forum, a project of the World Affairs Council of Northern California, has announced the appointment of PHILIP YUN as president and chief executive officer, effective October 7. Until recently executive director and chief operating officer at the Ploughshares Fund, Yun’s previous experience includes stints as a vice president at the Asia Foundation (2005-11), as a Pantech Scholar in Korean Studies at the Shorenstein Asia Pacific Research Center at Stanford University (2004-05), and as a vice president at the private equity firm of H&Q Asia Pacific (2001-04). Earlier in his career, he was a presidential appointee at the U.S. Department of State (1994-2001), serving as senior advisor to the assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and was a member of a government working-group that managed U.S. policy and negotiations with North Korea under President Clinton. Yun’s writings and commentary have appeared on CNN, AP TV, Fox News, National Public Radio, and NBC and in The Hill, U.S. News and World Report, and the Los Angeles Times. He also co-edited the book North Korea and Beyond (2006) and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Board of Overseers for Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies.

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, has announced the election of four new trustees to its board. DENNIS EGAN is a partner at Cohen Kinne Valicenti & Cook, LLP.  EVAN HICKOK is an art enthusiast, engineer, and program manager who has been with General Dynamics in Pittsfield since 2003. JUDY RUSH is a pre-K to grade 12 educator who has been working with Berkshire county students for nearly twenty years. And BRIAN TREMBLAY is managing director and a partner at Berkshire Fairfield, a Pittsfield-based insurance and financial services firm. The museum also announced that ETHAN KLEPETAR, member of the board since 2011 and board vice president since 2015, is stepping into the role of president, a position previously held by ELIZABETH McGRAW. A trustee since 2008, McGraw will continue to serve on the museum’s board as vice president alongside trustee vice president Melissa Scarafoni.

"Robinson Named President and CEO of Kansas Health Foundation." Kansas health Foundation News Release 09/27/2019. "Aaron Seybert Named as New Social Investment Practice Managing Director." Kresge Foundation News Release 09/23/2019. "Boston Foundation Announces New Appointments for Arts, Community Grantmaking Programs. " Boston Foundation Email 09/25/2019. "World Affairs Names Philip Yun President and Chief Executive Officer." World Affairs Council of Northern California Announcement 09/23/2019. "Surdna Foundation Appoints Sophy Yem as Program Officer, Philanthropy." Surdna Foundation News Release 09/26/2019. "The Andrus Family Fund Announces New Director, Manuela Arciniegas." Surdna Foundation News Release 09/26/2019. "Open Society Foundations Name Head of Culture and Art." Open Society Foundations Press Release 09/25/2019. "Welcome New Board Members." Berkshire Museum Blog Post 09/26/2019.