The California Endowment has announced the appointment of GENEVA WIKI as program manager serving Del Norte County and adjacent tribal lands under its ten-year Building Healthy Communities initiative. Wiki previously served as hub manager of the initiative during its early years and subsequently relocated to New Zealand, where she advised that country's government as executive designer of ThinkPlace, a design consultancy aimed at improving public systems and policies. Before that, she served as executive director of the Yurok Indian Tribe of California – of which she is a member – and founding director of a charter high school on the reservation. She will replace LAURA OLSON, who is leaving to become executive director of the Patricia D. and William B. Smullin Foundation.
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced the appointment of CHARLES THOMAS as program director for its Charlotte interests. Thomas, founding director of Charlotte-based entrepreneurship hub Queen City Forward, previously served as education director for the city's Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film. A professional photographer, Thomas is founder of Sankofa Photography, which teaches children and adults about photography in a community preservation context, and serves on the boards of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library and East Mecklenburg High School Foundation.
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation has announced the appointment of RICHARD WHITMIRE as a senior fellow. Whitmire, a veteran journalist on the education reform beat, will continue to work in that area for the foundation, traveling across the country to observe schools. Whitmire has spent the last year as an Emerson Collective fellow, and his opinion pieces have been published USA Today, the New York Daily News, the Washington Post, Real Clear Education, and Slate.
The New York State Health Foundation has announced the appointment of DAVID SANDMAN as president and CEO. Sandman, who has served as the foundation's senior vice president since 2008, previously was executive director of the Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century (a.k.a. the Berger Commission) and served in senior positions at Manatt Health Solutions, Harris Interactive, and the Commonwealth Fund. He will succeed founding president and CEO James R. Knickman, who is leaving to join the faculty of New York University in a joint position involving NYU's business school and the public health department of its medical school. He will also hold the Robert Derzon Chair in Health and Public Service.
The Kinder Foundation has announced the appointments of GARY DUDLEY as chief of staff, SABRINA KIRWIN as chief financial officer, AARTI GAREHGRAT as assistant director of finance, GARY HAGSTETTE as director of parks and civic projects, and DUNCAN KLUSSMANN as director of education. Dudley, a forty-year veteran of the financial sector, has advised the foundation's grant strategy, investments, finances, and HR function for twenty years. Kirwin, most recently chief of staff and regional learning manager at Deloitte Tax LLP, earlier worked in the company's private wealth practice. Garehgrat comes from McGladrey LLP, where she managed taxes for wealthy families and served as Ghana country manager for the Initiative for Global Development, a project funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. Hagstette, an urban design expert, has helped create several public and residential projects for Houston, including the Bayou Greenways 2020 project, Buffalo Bayou Park, and Sesquicentennial Park. Klussmann, most recently superintendent for greater Houston’s Spring Branch Independent School District, also has served as a school principal and classroom teacher.
The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has announced the elections of HELEN TAYLOR, JEREMY PIPER, and RIDGWAY WHITE to its board. Taylor, state director of the Nature Conservancy’s Michigan chapter, also serves by gubernatorial appointment on the Great Lakes Commission, an interstate agency that works to protect the environments of the Great Lakes basin and St. Lawrence River. Piper, a Flint-area attorney, is also board chair of the Flint Cultural Center Corporation, which oversees several institutions, including The Whiting, Sloan Museum, Buick Gallery, and Longway Planetarium. White joined the foundation in 2004 as a program assistant and worked his way up through program management and executive positions before being appointed Mott's president last year.
In other news, the Council on Foundations has announced the appointment of HADAR SUSSKIND as vice president of public policy, a new position. Susskind has nearly two decades of experience in public policy, philanthropy, and social movements in Washington, D.C. Most recently, he was director of Bend the Arc Jewish Action and its political action committee and earlier served as president and Washington director at the Tides Foundation and as VP for policy and strategy at J Street. Prior to that, Susskind served as vice president and Washington director for the Jewish Council for Public Affairs.