The Chicago Foundation for Women has announced the appointment of AGNES MENESES as director of strategic initiatives, effective February 16. The role, a new one, has been created with support from the Alphawood Foundation, where Meneses has worked for twelve years, most recently as senior program officer. Previously, she was manager of annual funds for the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago and worked in business and market development at PriceWaterhouseCooper's Chicago office. "Addressing the challenges facing domestic violence survivors and their families is central to [our] mission," said Jim McDonough, executive director of the Alphawood Foundation. "[Agnes's] appointment by the Chicago Foundation for Women to this important new position is a natural next step in Alphawood's collaboration with CFW."
The Ford Foundation has announced that its president, DARREN WALKER, has been appointed chair of the U.S. National Advisory Board on Impact Investing. "As a society we are facing enormous challenges and through impact investing we can create sustainable, scalable solutions for the public good," Walker said. "Impact investing is a win-win, generating beneficial social or environmental impacts alongside financial returns. I am honored to take up this position at such an exciting time for impact investing and the NAB."
The Screen Actors Guild Foundation has announced the appointment of LAINIE STROUSE as director of development. Strouse, a television and film producer and actor, most recently led fundraising at St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Earlier, she was director of advertising and sponsorship at the Writers Guild of America West and produced and contributed to several entertainment industry award shows, including the WGA Awards, the Makeup and Hairstylists Awards, and the LA Film Critics Awards.
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has announced the appointment of FRANCINE BERMAN to its board. Berman, the Edward P. Hamilton Distinguished Professor in Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Earlier in her career, Berman was director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center and worked on technology initiatives at several government entities and NGOs, including the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, the National Academies, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health. "In addition to being a cutting-edge computer and data scientist, Fran Berman has spent decades leading successful government and university initiatives to foster innovation in how we use technology," said Sloan Foundation board chair Sandra O. Moose. "I can think of no one better positioned to help guide the foundation in its mission to accelerate breakthroughs in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and economics."
The Morris Animal Foundation has announced the elections of JAMES A. KUTSCH, JR., ROBERT C. GAIN, WALTER N. GEORGE III, and CLINTON A. LEWIS to its board. Kutsch, who was elected board chair, is president and CEO of The Seeing Eye. Previously, he served in senior tech roles at Convergys Labs and AT&T Universal Card Services and was a computer science professor at West Virginia University. Gain is a managing director at BlackRock Investments and manages community affairs for the company's San Francisco office. George, who recently retired as vice president of Ralcorp Holdings, Inc. and president of the Italian American Pasta Company, is a longtime supporter of the foundation and has served on its trustees investment committee. Lewis, executive vice president and president of U.S. operations for Zoetis (formerly Pfizer Animal Health), began his career with Pfizer in 1988 and recently served as chair of the Animal Health Institute, a trade association.
Purple Heart Homes, an organization that provides housing solutions for service-disabled veterans, has announced the appointments of DALE BEATTY as chief development officer and GARRETT GARLAND as board chair. Beatty, who lost both legs below the knee after a mine explosion in Iraq in 2004, has served as the organization's chair since he co-founded it in 2008. Beatty will be joining the executive staff to help develop new chapter leadership around the country and also will be leading its development team to help increase corporate sponsorships. Garland, a veteran of the Vietnam War, has served on Purple Heart Homes' board since 2010. After his military service, he served as a divisional manager for LoJack and later became president of Blindman Commercial, a window treatment company.
In other news, the National League of Cities has announced that the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials has selected CLEOPHUS KING and ROMAL D. BULLOCK as fellows for a year-long mentored leadership program for African American and other elected officials from diverse communities. King, the youngest person ever elected to the city council in Bessemer, Alabama, will be mentored by Deborah Denard Delgado, a council member in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Bullock, who was elected to the city council of East Orange, New Jersey, in 2013, will be mentored by Audwin Samuel, a council member in Beaumont, Texas.