People in the News (1/28/18): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (1/28/18): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

TOM RILEY has been named president of the Connolly Foundation in West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, succeeding JOSEPHINE C. MANDEVILLE, who has served as the organization's president since the death of founder John Connelly in 1990. Riley, vice president for strategic planning at the foundation since 2012, has had a long career in philanthropy and public policy, previously serving as vice president of the Philanthropy Roundtable in Washington, D.C., and, from 2001-09 as associate director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. He also writes and speaks frequently about charitable giving as a contributing editor of Philanthropy magazine, a member of the Strategy Committee of the Alliance for Charitable Reform, and as a board member of many Philadelphia-area nonprofits, including the Philadelphia Police Foundation and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Mandeville will continue to serve the foundation as chair of the board.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan, has announced the selection of MARY B. COHEN as its new vice president for communications and the promotion of ARELIS DIAZ and CYNTHIA MULLER to director positions. Cohen to the foundation from Mary B. Cohen Communications, Inc., where she authored books and reports, provided technical assistance, and worked on various projects and initiatives for the foundation, including the development and dissemination of materials for its 75th anniversary and its current strategic plan. In her new role, Diaz will oversee operations within the office of the president, acting as a key advisor to the president and CEO, executing the foundation's messaging in coordination with internal teams and external partners, and managing grants for the office of the president. Diaz joined the foundation in December 2010 as a program officer working with the Education & Learning and Family Economic Security teams. In her new role, Muller will drive the strategy and performance of the foundation's $100 million mission investments and oversee the foundation's $30 million program-related investment portfolio. In her previous role, she was responsible for developing and managing strategic market rate impact investment activities; sourcing and deploying market rate investments to increase social change impact; analyzing solutions and trends; and developing relationships in the field. Prior to joining the foundation, she developed and managed the impact investing practice at Arabella Advisors.

The Kresge Foundation in Troy, Michigan, has announced the appointment of TATIANA HERNANDEZ as senior program officer in its Arts & Culture program. Most recently, Hernandez served as arts director at the Hemera Foundation in Boulder, Colorado, where she developed a program exploring the intersection of creativity and reflective practices. Previously, as program officer for the arts at the Knight Foundation, she led the Knight Arts Challenge, Knight's open contest for discovering the best arts ideas in communities across the country. Nationally, she serves on the boards of Grantmakers in the Arts and the Gard Foundation.

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in Menlo Park, California, has named MARILYN WAITE as program officer for climate finance in its Environment Program. Waite previously led the clean energy practice at Village Capital, where she sourced and performed due diligence for early-stage startups and helped build a network of cleantech entrepreneurs, investors, corporations, and government stakeholders. Prior to that, she served as a senior research fellow at Project Drawdown and led several operational and research and development projects at AREVA in France. The author of Sustainability at Work, Waite serves on the board of directors for The Biomimicry Institute and lectures on sustainable business at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing. 

The Surdna Foundation in New York City has announced the appointment of PATRICE R. GREEN as a program officer in its the Strong Local Economies program. Green currently serves as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Liaison to the West Philadelphia Promise Zone, leading community engagement in one of the five original Promise Zones. She was, in addition, a founding member of the Alexandria Youth Council in her hometown of Alexandria, Virginia. Since arriving in Philadelphia in 2001, she has aligned her volunteerism with a number of organizations promoting positive youth development, including Girls Inc., the UWSEPA Center for Youth Development, and Operation Hope.

The Horizon Foundation, the largest independent health foundation in Maryland, has elected three new members to four-year terms on its board: JONATHAN ILSONG AHN, an attorney and Korean-American community leader; CATHERINE HAMEL, president of Gilchrist Hospice Care; and BRIAN HEPBURN, executive director of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors. Prior to opening his own practice in Columbia, Ahn served as a partner in the Baltimore law firm Semmes, Bowen & Semmes. He also is active in Howard County's Korean-American community, serving as general counsel for the Korean Society of Maryland and Korean Women's Society of Maryland, and on the board of Howard Community College Educational Foundation. In addition to serving as president of Gilchrist Hospice Care and vice president of continuing care at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Hamel serves as vice chair of Global Partners in Care, chair of the Hospice Alliance and Alliance Kids, Maryland and on the board of the Maryland Hospice Network. Dr. Hepburn has worked in the field of psychiatry for thirty-five years and previously served as director of the Behavioral Health Administration at the Maryland Department of Health for thirteen years.

The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation in Livermore, California, has announced the election of SAMUEL H. FULLER to its board of directors. A Hertz Fellow with a wide-ranging background, began his career as an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University, where he studied the design and performance of advanced multiprocessor computer systems, and went on to leadership roles at Digital Equipment Corporation and Analog Devices, Inc.

The Ms. Foundation for Women has announced ROZ LEE as its new vice president of strategy and programs. As director of social justice initiatives at the Arcus Foundation, Lee designed and implemented innovative global and domestic philanthropic approaches to advancing strategies at the intersection of race, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity. She also helped develop the Global Trans Initiative, a $20 million multiyear effort to improve the lives of transgender people. Lee is co-chair of the Out in the South Initiative and an outgoing board member of ABFE, an organization dedicated to increasing philanthropic support for black communities.

The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts has announced KARL BLISCHKE as its new executive director, succeeding PHILIP HORN, who is retiring after leading the agency for twenty-five years of its nearly 52-year history. Blischke joins PCA after having served in several senior-level positions within Florida's Department of Economic Opportunity and the Governor's Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development.

In other news, PND notes the passing of WILLIAM B. "BILL" JORDAN, a Dallas-Ft. Worth cultural leader and longtime supporter of the Dallas Museum of Art. Jordan's relationship with DMA extended over forty years and included service as a member of its board for six years and as a member of its collection committee for five years. At 26, Jordan became the first director of the Meadows Museum, and served in that position for twenty-five years prior to serving as deputy director at the Kimbell Art Museum. "Bill was a wonderful example of the generosity, kindness, and innovative spirit that Dallas is known for," said DMA director Agustín Arteaga. "His Texas charm and generous personality has been a tremendous gift to the DMA for decades and certainly to me over the past year since I joined the DMA. Bill was known not only known as a great curator and scholar, but for his refined eye. He helped establish the DMA as a center for community, exceptional art, and openness. I am thankful I had the opportunity to know Bill and he will be incredibly missed by all."

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