People in the News (1/22/17): Appointments and Promotions

People in the News (1/22/17): Appointments and Promotions

Reflecting the recent growth in its funding and operations, the San Antonio Area Foundation has named REBECCA BRUNE as its president and chief operating officer, reporting to DENNIS NOLL, SAAF's current president, who will remain CEO of the foundation. In her new role, Brune, currently senior vice president of strategic planning and growth at Methodist Healthcare Ministries, will work to develop a stronger legislative advocacy program in addition to managing the foundation's day-to-day operations. In 2015, SAAF received an estate gift from the late John L. Santikos worth an estimated $605 million, boosting its assets to just under $900 million (from $211 million in 2011).

ERIC BRAVERMAN, the former CEO of the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, has been hired to lead the philanthropic arm of the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Group, the family office of Alphabet Inc. executive chair ERIC SCHMIDT and his wife, WENDY, the Silicon Valley Business Journal reports. Braverman ran the Clinton Foundation between 2013 and 2015 and reportedly was recommended for the job by Chelsea Clinton, a friend from the days when they both worked at McKinsey & Co.

The Duke Endowment in Charlotte, North Carolina, has named ERIC FRAZIER as its new digital communications strategist. In that role, Frazier, a former associate editor of the editorial pages at the Charlotte Observer, will be in charge of expanding the endowment's communications efforts through social media and website content. Frazier began his career as a staff writer at the Charleston Post and Courier and subsequently joined the Charlotte Observer in 1998 as a senior staff writer and the newspaper's digital media and tech columnist before moving to the editorial pages in 2014.

The James Irvine Foundation has announced that GOODWIN LIU, an associate justice of the California Supreme Court, and SARA RECKTENWALD, former regional head of the Securities Division for Goldman Sachs, have joined its board of directors. Before he was appointed to the bench by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2011, Liu was a professor of law and a former associate dean at the UC Berkeley School of Law and, before that, worked as special assistant to the deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, where he developed and coordinated K-12 education policy. He serves on the governing board of the American Law Institute and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Science, Technology, and Law. Recently retired from Goldman Sachs, Recktenwald will serve on the board’s investment committee. 

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has announced the election of GEORGE E. ROSS to its board. Ross, a native of Flint, Michigan (where the foundation is based), is the president of Central Michigan University and a former president of Alcorn State University in Mississippi. In addition to his administrative experience, Ross has been a member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities since 2002 and serves as secretary-treasurer of its board of directors; chairs the CMU Research Corp.; and serves on the board of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance.

The Washington Area Women's Foundation, the only donor-supported public foundation solely dedicated to building economic security for women and girls in the D.C. metro area, has announced the appointment of ANDREA DYKES, LESLI FOSTER, and MARIA GOMEZ to its board of directors. Dykes is the managing partner of Howard Insurance, a private insurance advisory firm, where she is focused on developing strategies to achieve the firm’s overall vision and leads its life insurance practice. Foster is an award-winning journalist and a weeknight anchor for WUSA9 and heads the WUSA9 Consumer Unit. And Gomez is the founder of Mary’s Center, a community health organization that provides health care, education and social services to individuals and families in the D.C. metro region. 

Stanford University has announced the elections of JEFFREY S. RAIKES, as chair of its board, effective July 1. Raikes, a Stanford alumnus and co-founder of the Raikes Foundation, former chief executive officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and a former member of the senior leadership team at Microsoft, joined the board in 2012 and served on the presidential search committee that selected Marc Tessier-Lavigne as Stanford's eleventh president last year. He will succeed STEVEN A. DENNING, who has served as chair since July 2012. 

The Nature Conservancy in Arlington, Virginia, has announced the appointment of TOM TIERNEY as chairman and LAURENCE FINK and CALESTOUS JUMA as members of its board of directors. The organization also announced that outgoing chair CRAIG McCAW will remain a member of the board. Tierney, a recognized leader in the nonprofit sector, is chair and co-founder of the Bridgespan Group, a global nonprofit organization that collaborates with mission-driven leaders, organizations, and philanthropists to break cycles of poverty and improve the quality of life for those in need. Fink is a co-founder, chair and chief executive officer of investment management firm BlackRock, Inc. And Juma is professor of the Practice of International Development and Director of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, where he also directs the Agricultural Innovation Policy in Africa Project and Health Innovation Policy in Africa Project, both funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 

In other news, the board of directors of the Parkinson's Foundation has announced the selection of JOHN L. LEHR  as chief executive officer. The hiring follows the recent merger of two Parkinson's nonprofits with rich histories: the Miami-based National Parkinson Foundation and the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, headquartered in New York. Lehr, a veteran nonprofit leader with a proven track record in the voluntary healthcare and medical research sectors, previously served as president of Orr Associates, a consulting firm focused on the nonprofit sector; as CEO of Food Allergy Research & Education, where he led the successful effort to merge two legacy organizations into a national organization focused on finding medical solutions for and educating the public on food allergies; as CEO of CureSearch for Children's Cancer, a national research and advocacy organization; and, from 2004 to 2009, as director of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Milestones to a Cure Campaign.

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