The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has announced the appointment of ARANTHAN JONES II as chief policy and communications officer, in which position he will be responsible for the foundation’s policy, communications, and advocacy investments worldwide. Jones most recently served as the first head of worldwide government affairs for biotech company Gilead Sciences and prior to that was health practice chairman and principal at the Podesta Group and policy director for the U.S. House of Representatives Majority Whip office. The foundation also announced that GAIL CHRISTOPHER, currently senior advisor and vice president for policy, will assume responsibility for a new initiative to be announced in the near future. “These two positions are critical for the foundation as we seek to make paramount advances through our worldwide investments in racial equity, education, health and well-being, economic security, civic engagement, leadership development and public policy,” said foundation president and CEO La June Montgomery Tabron.
The California-based Energy Foundation has announced the appointment of JANE L. BREYER as senior vice president for strategic partnerships. Breyer, most recently vice president for partnerships and impact at HopeLab, an initiative of the Omidyar Group, previously served as vice president of external affairs at charter school management organization Envision Education. Earlier, she was an independent consultant for several nonprofit and philanthropic institutions, including the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Friends of the Urban Forest, and the Environmental Defense Fund. Breyer also served as director of development at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and, before that, spent a decade in the arts.
The John A. Hartford Foundation has announced the hire of RANI SNYDER as program director. Snyder, most recently CEO of the Nevada Medical Center, earlier worked at the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation for fourteen years, starting as a program officer and rising to the position of director of healthcare programs. In the latter role, she managed more than $265 million in healthcare grants to medical facilities nationwide, with much of it directed through the foundation’s Aging and Quality of Life and Cardiovascular Clinical Research programs.
The Missouri Foundation for Health has announced the election of SHELLY LAYTON to its board and DARIN PREIS as board chair. Layton, currently executive director of Serenity HospiceCare, also sits on the board of the Desloge Chamber of Commerce and runs the Nick Layton Foundation. Preis, executive director of nonprofit services provider Central Missouri Community Action, has served on MFH’s board since 2011.
CHANDINI PORTTEUS is stepping down as CEO of cancer research foundation Livestrong, the Austin Business Journal reports. Chandini, who joined the foundation in March 2015, cited personal reasons for her resignation. GREG LEE, Livestrong's longtime chief financial officer, will take over as president, the Austin American-Statesman reports.
In other news, PND notes the passing of WILLIAM GEORGE ANLYAN, a leader on the board of the Duke Endowment, at the age of 90. Anlyan entered the Duke University School of Medicine as an intern in 1949 and subsequently served as professor of surgery and dean of the medical school, as well as chancellor of the university. After joining the endowment’s board in 1990, he served as vice chair, chaired its committee on health care, and served, at various points, on its child care, education, finance, trustees and governance, and rural church committees.