People in the News (09/30/18): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (09/30/18): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The Houston Endowment has announced the appointment of ALEXANDRA CHUNG ROUSE as program officer for education. Rouse most recently served as chief of staff for New Schools for Baton Rouge (NSBR), where she worked to improve the quality of the K-12 public school system in which she was educated, and prior to that worked for Teach for America South Louisiana, where she advanced from program director to director of community partnership and alumni affairs to managing director of teacher and alumni leadership. Rouse earned her bachelor of arts from Louisiana State University and a postgraduate diploma from Queens University Belfast in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

The de Beaumont Foundation in Bethesda, Maryland, has hired KRIS RISLEY, DrPH, CPCC, as managing director for workforce. In that role, Risley will lead the foundation’s efforts to develop capacity, identify and fill gaps, and work collaboratively within and across sectors. Risley joins the foundation from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, where she was a clinical assistant professor in the Division of Community Health Sciences and served as a faculty member with the Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health and as an academic advisor with the DrPH in Public Health Leadership program. She also has worked with the National Maternal and Child Health Workforce Center at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, where she served as a member of the Change Management Core.

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation in Oakland, California, has announced the appointment of LOREN HARRIS as chief program and strategy officer, a newly created role, and LAUREN WEBSTER as chief financial officer. Harris joins the foundation from the Nathan Cummings Foundation in New York City, where, as vice president of programs, he led the development of the foundation’s integrated program strategies, including a grantmaking portfolio aimed at promoting racial and economic justice and efforts to advance inequality and climate change. Webster’s three-decade career spans the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, including, most recently, as chief financial officer of PolicyLink, a national research and action institute that works to advance racial and economic equity.

The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy in Washington, D.C., has announced the election of DON RAGONA to its board of directors. Ragona, director of development and house counsel at the Native American Rights Fund, has guest lectured on federal Indian law and Indian issues at Brown University, the University of Colorado, the University of Arizona, and other institutional venues and frequently speaks on estate planning, philanthropic, and current issues and their potential effects on Native nations at Native conferences. NCRP also announced the reelection to the board of BILL DEMPSEY, senior advisor at; CRISTINA JIMENEZ, co-founder and executive director of the United We Dream Network; VIVEK MALHOTRA, strategy and organizational development consultant; MOLLY SCHULTZ HAFID, associate director at TCC Group; and the Rev. STARKY D. WILSON, chair of the Deaconess Foundation.

The board of Feeding America has announced the appointment of CLAIRE BABINEAUX-FONTENOT as its new CEO. A seasoned leader who has served in positions at Walmart, where she worked for thirteen years and ascended to the position of executive vice president of finance and treasurer; Adams and Reese LLP, a Baton Rouge-based law firm; PwC (formerly PricewaterhouseCoopers), where she held various positions, including dispute resolution practice group leader for the Southwest; and for the State of Louisiana, Babineaux-Fontenot will be based in the hunger-relief organization's Chicago office.

The board of trustees of the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida, has announced the appointment of ELLIOT BOSTWICK DAVIS as director and CEO. She will succeed HOPE ALSWANG, who is retiring on March 1, 2019, after leading the institution for nine years. Davis comes to the Norton from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), where for the past eighteen years she has spearheaded all aspects of that institution's premier collection of the art of the Americas. Davis joins the Norton as the museum prepares to re-open, in February, after a major renovation that includes a 59,000-square-foot expansion and new sculpture garden designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Lord Norman Foster and will assume the directorship on March 2, 2019.

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, has announced the election of five new trustees to its board. They are: CATHARINE B. DEELYa marketing and communications professional; RACHEL MELENDEZ MABEE, a communications professional with experience developing and executing end-to-end marketing plans for local and national organizations; JOSH SIMPSON, a leader in the Studio Glass Art movement for more than forty-five years; JEFFREY THOMAS, founder and executive director of Lever, a North Adams-based startup incubator; and MICHAEL J. WYNN, commanding officer of the Pittsfield Police Department.

In other news, the J. Paul Getty Trust has announced that DEBORAH MARROW, director of the Getty Foundation, will retire at the end of December after more than three decades of leadership roles at the trust. Marrow joined the Getty in 1983 as publications coordinator and has guided the trust’s philanthropic activity as director since 1989, when it was known as the Getty Grant Program.  In 2004, she became director of its successor, the Getty Foundation, and in 2000 she assumed the additional role of dean for external relations for the Getty.  In addition, in1999-2000 she served as acting director of the Getty Research Institute and she has twice served as interim president of the Getty Trust (2006-07 and again in 2010-11). “No one has contributed more to the life and mission of the Getty than Deborah,” said James Cuno, president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust. “She has provided inspiring leadership in almost every aspect of the Getty, in roles including as director of the Getty Foundation, acting director of the Getty Research Institute and as interim president of the Getty Trust. She brought clarity and vision and selfless dedication to her work and made loyal professional friends around the world.” After she steps down, Marrow will take a year sabbatical and will be available to assist in the transition. Upon her official retirement at the end of her sabbatical in January 2020, she will assume the title of director emerita of the Getty Foundation. An international search will immediately be launched for a new director of the foundation. 

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