Following the departure of KEVIN JENNINGS, its executive director since 2012, the New York City-based Arcus Foundation has announced the appointment of ANNETTE LANJOUW, vice president of the foundation’s great apes program and strategic initiatives, and JASON McGILL, vice president of its LGBT-focused social justice program, as co-executive directors. Prior to joining Arcus, Lanjouw, a ten-year veteran of the foundation, was international program officer for the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and before that served for fifteen years as director of the International Gorilla Conservation Programme, as scientific advisor to wildlife filmmaker Alan Root, as Central Africa program officer for the Wildlife Conservation Society, and as project manager and field director for the Frankfurt Zoological Society’s Chimpanzee Conservation Project in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Before joining Arcus in 2013, McGill worked for nine years at Philanthropy New York and earlier served as the first director of alumni and philanthropic programs at Sponsors for Educational Opportunity.
The Bernard and Anne Spitzer Charitable Trust in New York City has announced the appointment of SARA C. KAY as its first chief executive officer. Kay joins the trust from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, where she was a senior fellow. Before that, she served as head of advocacy and health equity programs at Atlantic Philanthropies, where she developed and implemented U.S. health equity and advocacy investment strategies and led the foundation’s efforts to improve health care systems for low-income and vulnerable populations across the country, and as director of the Health Program at the Nathan Cummings Foundation, also in New York City, where she oversaw a grants portfolio focused on health access, environmental health, and corporate and government accountability. In addition, she has served in senior roles in the Office of the New York City Comptroller, taught in the Federal Litigation Clinic at Brooklyn Law School, served as Policy Director for the New York e-Health Collaborative, and was a corporate litigator at LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae.
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced LYNN MURPHEY as its Macon program director. Murphey has been a member of the Cox Communications leadership team for more than twenty years, most recently serving as vice president and market leader for middle Georgia. Prior to that, she served in senior positions in government affairs and marketing for the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce and as a volunteer coordinator for the City of Macon. A graduate of Mercer University, she has served on the Knight Foundation Macon Community Advisory Committee since 2012 and worked with the foundation on the Connect2Compete pilot, a public-private partnership that successfully promoted digital literacy and broadened internet access in the state.
The Duke Endowment in Charlotte, North Carolina, has announced that CHRIS COLLINS is joining the endowment as associate director of health care. Collins, director of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Rural Health since 2013, previously served as the office’s deputy director while holding a joint appointment as director of managed care with the Division of Medical Assistance and worked as a human service planner and evaluator with Buncombe County.
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced the election of JAMES MANYIKA, a director of the McKinsey Global Institute and senior partner and board member at McKinsey & Company, to its board of directors. Co-author of the book No Ordinary Disruption: The Four Global Forces Breaking All the Trends, Manyika was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as vice chair of the President’s Global Development Council at the White House and by the Secretary of Commerce to the Digital Economy Board of Advisors. In addition, he serves on the boards of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Institute, the Oxford Internet Institute, MIT's Initiative on the Digital Economy, UC Berkeley's School of Information, and Harvard's Hutchins Center, and is a non-resident senior fellow of the Brookings Institution and a member of the Bretton Woods Committee.
The board of trustees of the J. Paul Getty Trust has announced the election of MEGAN CHERNIN to the board. Chernin founded and served as CEO of the Los Angeles Fund for Public Education, a nonprofit organization that partners with Los Angeles schools to invest in results-oriented programs designed to ensure every student has a chance to succeed. The organization joined with LA’s Promise in 2016 to become the LA Promise Fund, which Chernin continues to serve as chair. Previously, she served as chair of the Los Angeles Mentoring Partnership (LAMP), a coalition of mentoring agencies serving greater Los Angeles, and on the board of the Fulfillment Fund, and worked in the California Office of the Attorney General as well as the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office.
The Burroughs Wellcome Fund in Research Park Triangle, North Carolina, has announced the appointment of JENNY TING, PhD, to its board of directors. Ting, a faculty member at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill since 1984, is the William Rand Kenan Professor of Genetics and leader of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Immunology program. She also directs the UNC Center for Translational Immunology and is co-director of the Institute of Inflammatory Diseases.
The Horizon Foundation, an independent philanthropy dedicated to improving health and wellness for people who live or work in Howard County, Maryland, has announced the appointment of a new trustee and four officers to lead its board of trustees. The new officers are HENRY POSKO (Chair), president and CEO of Humanim; GREGORY O. OLANIRAN (Vice Chair), a partner at law firm Mitchell Silberberg and Knupp; ROBIN STEEL (Secretary), business manager at BRIDGES Consulting, Inc.; and JANET CURRIE (Treasurer), senior vice president at Bank of America. The new trustee is JEFFREY RIVEST, a retired senior health system executive who most recently served as CEO of the University of Maryland Medical Center.
The board of directors of the Dresner Foundation in West Bloomfield, Michigan, has announced the appointment of MIKKAEL AARON SEKERES, MD, MS, as chair of the foundation’s Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) Research Fund, a national initiative that provides grant support for innovative MDS basic science, clinical, and translational research. Sekeres is a professor of medicine at the Cleveland Clinic and director of the leukemia program and vice-chair for clinical research at the Cleveland Clinic – Taussig Cancer Center.
In other news, ALLEN SMART, vice president of programs at the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, will be leaving the foundation at the end of February to pursue consulting opportunities in philanthropy. Smart joined the trust in 2006 as the Health Care Division’s senior program officer for the eastern region of North Carolina, became Health Care Division director in 2012, and then vice president of programs in 2014. Under former President Karen McNeil-Miller, Smart worked closely with colleagues to develop and launch Healthy Places NC — a decade-long, $100 million initiative to improve the health of ten to twelve rural communities in the state. He subsequently served as interim president of the trust from September 2015 to June 2016 and resumed his role as vice president of programs after Dr. Laura Gerald joined the trust as president in July 2016. “Allen’s contributions to the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust and to achieving Mrs. Reynolds’ vision of improved health and quality of life for all residents have been invaluable,” said Gerald. “He leaves a lasting mark on the foundation — encouraging program officers to get out in the field and listen, recognizing the strengths of rural communities, and knowing there is no one size-fits-all approach — that will continue to help us improve outcomes for the communities we serve. We wish Allen well in all of his future endeavors.”