People in the News (1/10/16): Appointments and Promotions

People in the News (1/10/16): Appointments and Promotions

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced the appointment of ROB NABORS as director of policy and government affairs, with a portfolio that includes the United States, Canada, and the Asia/Pacific region. Nabors, most recently chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, previously worked at the White House as director of legislative affairs and as deputy chief of staff for policy. Earlier, he held management positions at the White House Office of Management and Budget and the House Appropriations Committee. "[Rob has] strong relationships across the political spectrum, a recognized ability to manage and lead high-performing teams, and a deep understanding of the public policy process,” said Joe Cerrell, the foundation's managing director of global policy and advocacy.

The Ford Foundation has announced the appointment of BESS ROTHENBERG as director of its office of strategy and learning, a new department. Rothenberg will work with all ten of the foundation's global offices, will advise the foundation's executive team, and will report directly to the foundation's president, Darren Walker. Previously, she served as deputy director of research and evaluation at Wellspring Advisors, leading strategic planning for international and U.S.-based human rights programs. Earlier, Rothenberg served as senior program officer for Africa at the International Women's Health Coalition and as associate director of grants at the American Jewish World Service. She also served as assistant professor of applied sociology and African studies at Clemson University and as associate director of Columbia University's Center for the Study of Human Rights. “We could not be more excited to have Bess join the Ford Foundation at this critical moment, when we are refining our strategy and pushing ourselves to truly become a learning organization,” said Walker. “With [Rothenberg] leading this new effort, the office of Strategy and Learning will be a tremendous asset for the foundation, helping us to work better and smarter.”

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has announced the appointment of JOSEPH ASUNKA as a program officer in the Global Development and Population Program. Asunka, most recently a lecturer in political science at the University of California, Los Angeles, also served in multiple research-related roles at the Ghana Center for Democratic Development on projects related to governance and social development. Previously, he worked in data management for the Afrobarometer project and did monitoring and evaluation work at World Vision International and Catholic Relief Services. "[Joseph's] research and knowledge is closely tied to a range of topics of interest to the foundation and our grantees, including the effect of election observers on electoral fraud, violence, and intimidation; the drivers of good governance; the impact of community health workers; and the use of public resources on education," said Ruth Levine, director of the Hewlett Foundation's Global Development and Population Program.

Following the announcement of a new strategic plan last month, the Meyer Foundation has named JULIAN HAYNES and AMY NAKAMOTO as program officers for grantmaking in suburban jurisdictions. Haynes, who will focus on Prince George's and Montgomery counties in Maryland, most recently served as associate director of programs and policy at Achieving the Dream, a network dedicated to community college student success. Earlier, he was a program associate on the education team at the Kresge Foundation and a project coordinator at the United Way of Dane County in Madison, Wisconsin. Nakamoto, who will focus on the Meyer Foundation's grantmaking in northern Virginia, most recently served as associate director of advancement operations at St. Andrew's School in Delaware and before that was executive director of afterschool organization DC SCORES. The foundation also announced the promotions of KAREN FITZGERALD from senior program officer to program director and of MAEGAN SCOTT from program and communications officer to program officer. FitzGerald, who will oversee new program officers in Maryland and Virginia as well as the foundation's Washington, D.C. portfolio, joined the foundation in 2001 as a program officer. Scott joined Meyer in 2008; in her new role, she will be responsible for the foundation's new Organizational Effectiveness Program and other capacity-building work.

The Gifford Foundation has announced a new slate of officers and welcomed RON TASCARELLA to its board. Officers for 2016 are BEN WALSH, president; JAIME ALICEA, vice president; ERIC ALLYN, treasurer; and MERIKE TREIER, secretary. Tascarella, currently chief credit officer at Pathfinder Bank, also provides board leadership for several organizations, including Empire State Employment Resources for the Blind and the Oswego Revitalization Corporation. The foundation also announced that KATHY O'CONNELL will retire from its board after twelve years of service.

Microfinance organization FINCA International has announced the promotion of ANDRÉE SIMON from the role of chief operations officer to co-CEO, responsible for strategy, operations, and digital and mobile financial services development. Simon has more than twenty years of experience in economic development and inclusive financial services, most recently as president and COO of Women for Women International. Earlier, she worked as deputy to the president and CEO of FINCA and held business and advisory roles at several organizations, including the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Marakon, and Women Advancing Microfinance International. She is, in addition, an adjunct professor in the field of foreign service at Georgetown University. FINCA also announced that RUPERT SCOFIELD, who co-founded FINCA in 1984, will continue as president as well as co-CEO of FINCA Microfinance Holding Company through 2016 and will remain president of FINCA International, the nonprofit majority shareholder of the microfinance network under its holding company, while continuing to serve on the boards of both entities.

CHRISTOPHER GATES has stepped down as president of the Sunlight Foundation, reports. Gates, who became the organization's leader in 2014, previously served as executive director of Philanthropy for Civic Engagement, president of the National Civic League, and co-director of the United States Healthy Communities Initiative. Sunlight Foundation co-founder Michael Klein did not specify a reason for Gates' departure, but praised his tenure. "He has worked incredibly hard over the past year to prepare us to pursue a refreshed vision as we enter our second decade," Klein said. "We thank him for all he's done."

In other news, the Brigance Brigade Foundation has announced the appointment of AMANDA MUMMERT as director. Previously, Mummert managed the Health Homes program at Humanim and worked as assistant to the president at the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations while earning a master's degree in nonprofit management from Notre Dame of Maryland University. She also is a licensed practical nurse with ten years of experience in Pennsylvania and Maryland. Mummert's community involvement includes board service at the Dundalk Renaissance Corporation and volunteering at PA Vent Camp, a summer program for children who use ventilators.

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