People in the News (1/17/16): Appointments and Promotions

People in the News (1/17/16): Appointments and Promotions

The Carnegie Corporation of New York has announced the planned departure of MEREDITH JENKINS, co-chief investment officer, and the promotion of KIM LEW to the position of CIO, effective March 4. Jenkins joined the foundation sixteen years ago as Vartan Gregorian’s second hire for a new investment team and subsequently helped grow and diversify the foundation’s endowment from $1.8 billion in 1999 to $3.3 billion today. Prior to joining Carnegie in 2007, Jenkins spent seven years as senior manager of private equity at the Ford Foundation and held sales and analytical positions at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. and at Goldman Sachs. Jenkins is leaving to assume the new position of chief investment officer at Trinity Wall Street, where she will be responsible for the church’s first in-house investment team and will oversee both its endowment and real estate portfolio.

The Commonwealth Fund has announced the appointment of SHAWN BISHOP as vice president of its Cost Control and Medicare programs. Bishop, most recently a health policy consultant, previously served as senior vice president of the Marwood Group, where she provided analysis of political, legislative, and regulatory environments and services related to federal health policy. Earlier in her career, Bishop held  posts in the Congressional Budget Office and at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. In 2005, she became a professional staff member for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, providing advice, analysis, and research on legislation and policy related to Medicare and the Affordable Care Act, as well as several other federal acts related to healthcare reform and the economy.

The Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund has announced the planned departure of its president, IRA S. HIRSCHFIELD, at the end of this year. Hirschfield has led the foundation for twenty-eight years, shepherding its work on initiatives ranging from LGBTQ and immigrant rights to the Haas Leadership Initiative andthe Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund (in partnership with the San Francisco Chronicle). After his departure, he will remain involved with the fund as president emeritus and director of financial investments and will pursue  other efforts to improve and strengthen the field of philanthropy. The fund also announced  plans to hire a search firm in the next several months to help identify its next leader.

The Dyson Foundation has announced the appointment of JENNIFER KILLIAN as a program officer for its Mid-Hudson Valley grantmaking, including its Management Assistance Mini-Grant Program. Killian, who joined the foundation on December 1,  previously served as vice president of programs at the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, a role in which she was responsible for monitoring and assessing programs, grants, and scholarship funds as well as the development of new initiatives. Earlier, she was Hudson Valley regional manager at the New York Council of Nonprofits, in which position  she provided training and technical assistance services to nonprofit organizations in the Hudson Valley and New York State.

The Robert Sterling Clark Foundation has announced the appointment of PHILIP LI as president and CEO. Li, most recently chief operating officer of the Century Foundation, previously served in a similar capacity at the Brooklyn Community Foundation. Earlier, he led the Philanthropic Services Group at nonprofit sector consulting firm Changing Our World and was executive director of the Coro New York Leadership Center, which trains individuals interested in public service. At the beginning of his career, Li worked on Wall Street at a number of firms, including  Merrill Lynch and Moody’s Investors Service. His community involvement includes service on the boards of several nonprofits as well as board chairmanship of Philanthropy New York. Li will succeed VINCENT McGEE, who had accepted a time-limited role  leading the foundation. McGee will remain on the foundation’s board and will work closely with Li to ensure a smooth transition.

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has announced the election of STEPHEN H. LOCKHART to its board. Lockhart, an anesthesiologist, is also chief medical officer for Sutter Health, a healthcare and research group in Northern California. Previously, he served as chief administrative officer for the St Luke’s campus of California Pacific Medical Center. His community involvement includes service on the boards of NatureBridge, the National Parks Conservation Association, REI, and the California Parks Forward Commission.

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation has announced the appointment of SUZANNE APPLE, BILL BOLLING, ROSALIND BREWER, and ELSIE EPLAN as associate directors,  the first non-family individuals on its board since the foundation was established in 1995. Apple, most recently senior vice president of private sector engagement at World Wildlife Fund - U.S., previously served as vice president of community affairs (including charitable contributions) and environmental programs at Home Depot. She also serves as a trustee of the Hix and Bertha Green Foundation, her family’s foundation. Bolling is founder of the Atlanta Community Food Bank and was its director from 1979 through May 2015. He has been recognized with many honors, including the Atlanta Business League's award for distinguished service and Georgia Trend magazine's Georgian of the Year award. Brewer, president and CEO of Sam’s Club, previously worked at Kimberly-Clark Corp. for twenty-two years and serves on the board of Lockheed Martin and  chairs the board of her alma mater, Spelman College. Eplan, one of the Blank Foundation's founding directors, served as its vice president for special initiatives until 2009, when she became principal of the Eplan Group, an advisory firm that works with philanthropic organizations. She also served as founding president of Hands On Atlanta and as president of the American Jewish Committee's Atlanta chapter.

In other news, media company FUSION has announced the appointment of CHAD BOETTCHER as senior vice president of social impact and managing director of Rise Up, its dedicated social impact unit. Boettcher, most recently executive vice president of advocacy and social impact at Participant Media, previously taught marketing innovation at New York University and held senior positions focused on social change at Nike, Weber Shandwick, and MTV. Earlier, he worked for the presidential campaigns of Al Gore in 2000 and Barack Obama in 2008. At the community level, Boettcher currently serves on the board of the Marguerite Casey Foundation and is a former board member of the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

"Meredith Jenkins, Co-Chief Investment Officer of Carnegie Corporation of New York to Lead Investment Team at Trinity Church Wall Street." Carnegie Corporation of New York Press Release 01/14/2016. "Shawn Bishop to Join the Commonwealth Fund as VP, Cost Control and Medicare." Commonwealth Fund Press Release "Ira Hirschfield to Step Down as President." Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund Press Release 01/14/2016. "Dyson Foundation Names Jennifer Killian New Program Officer." Dyson Foundation Press Release 01/14/2016. "Philip Li Named President of Robert Sterling Clark Foundation." Robert Sterling Clark Foundation Press Release 01/14/2016. "Packard Foundation Names Dr. Stephen H. Lockhart to its Board of Trustees." David & Lucile Packard Foundation Press Release 01/11/2016. "Non-Family Directors to Join Blank Foundation Board for the First Time." Arthur M. Blank Foundation Press Release 01/15/2016. "FUSION Hires Chad Boettcher as SVP of Social Impact." FUSION Press Release 01/15/2016.