People in the News (1/21/18): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (1/21/18): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The Ford Foundation has announced the appointment of HILARY PENNINGTON as its first executive vice president. Pennington joined the foundation in 2013 and has served as the foundation's vice president for education, creativity, and free expression; helped launch its BUILD initiative, a five-year, $5 billion investment in the long-term capacity and sustainability of social justice organizations around the world; and led its work in Africa and the Middle East. As executive vice president — a new position created as part of the foundation's efforts to increase the efficiency of its operations and ensure that its programs achieve maximum impact — she will work closely with foundation president Darren Walker and two program vice presidents, Martín Abregú and Xavier Briggs, to better align grantmaking across all program areas and regional offices.

STEVEN M. WILSON, president of the Frey Foundation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, plans to retire in June, reports. Before joining the foundation in 2012, Wilson, 66, served as executive director of the Flint-based Ruth Mott Foundation and prior to that led the Grand Rapids convention and visitors' bureau. The foundation has hired Kittleman & Associates, a national executive recruitment firm specializing in the nonprofit sector, to spearhead the search for Wilson's successor.

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has announced the appointment of EMIKO ONO as program director of its performing arts program. As a program officer at the foundation since 2011, Ono has led the development of a grantmaking strategy focused on cross-generational leadership in the arts and helped lead an internal review of the foundation's approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Prior to joining Hewlett, Ono served as the director of grants and professional development at the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the Arts Council for Long Beach.

The National YoungArts Foundation has announced the appointment of SARAH ARISON as board chair. Arison, whose grandparents Ted and Lin Arison founded the organization, has served as a trustee for YoungArts since 2005.

The Marguerite Casey Foundation has announced the election of RAMI NASHASHIBI, CARMEN ROJAS, and JACK THOMAS to its board of directors. Nashashibi is executive director of the Chicago-based Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN). Rojas is CEO of the Workers Lab in Oakland, California. Thomas serves as president of Western Illinois University in Macomb. The foundation also named JAZMIN RAMIREZ as its first youth board fellow. Ramirez is board vice president for the Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition and the recipient of a Sargent Shriver Youth Warriors Against Poverty Leadership Award.

The Gill Foundation has announced that ELIZA BYARD, executive director of GLSEN, has joined its board of directors. In her role at GLSEN, Byard has spearheaded efforts that have helped reduce anti-LGBT harassment and violence in schools and secured bipartisan legislative support for bullying prevention and other issues of importance to the LGBT community.

The James Irvine Foundation has announced the election of PAULETTE BROWN-HINDS and ELISEO MEDINA to its board of directors. Brown-Hinds is publisher of Black Voice News and executive director of the League of California Cities African-American Caucus. Medina, who began his career as a labor organizer at the age of 19, is a former international secretary-treasurer of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

The Baltimore Museum of Art has announced the election of artist AMY SHERALD to its board of trustees. Sherald, who exclusively paints portraits of African Americans in her signature style, placing each subject against a monochrome background that contrasts strikingly with with the brightly colored outfits worn by her subjects, recently was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to paint former First Lady Michelle Obama's portrait.

In other news, PND notes the passing of MATHILDE KRIM, a pioneer in AIDS research and activism and founding chair of amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, at the age of 91. A geneticist and virologist, Krim helped launch the AIDS Medical Foundation in 1983 to raise awareness and money in support of AIDS research; the organization later merged with another group to form the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR). Renamed the Foundation for AIDS Research when she stepped down as chair in 2005, the foundation has raised and invested an estimated $517 million for thousands of programs. Donations made to amfAR in Krim's memory will support the Mathilde Krim Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Research.