People in the News (10/06/19): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (10/06/19): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

YOLANDA SEALS-COFFIELD has been elected president of the PwC Charitable Foundation. In her role at at PwC US as a principal and chief employment counsel, Seals-Coffield leads a team of lawyers responsible for advising the firm’s Human Capital team, the Office of Partner Affairs, and the Office of Diversity. On the PwC Foundation side, she was elected foundation secretary in 2015 and was an early advocate for the foundation’s investment with Civic Accelerators, the first program and investment fund in the country focused on civic venture startups. She also was a driver of the foundation’s collaboration with Dream Corps to establish The Dream Corps Tech Scholarship Fund, which helps underrepresented talent pursue credentialing needed for a career in tech, and an alumni services program and network that provides enrichment programming, mentoring, and support for fund scholarship recipients.  

The Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation has named KIMBERLEY BROWN as vice president of human resources and KATIE TETRAULT as vice president of finance and grants management. Brown joined the foundation in 2015 and has served since then as director of human resources and talent strategies. During her tenure, the foundation has enhanced processes for orientation, onboarding, and performance reviews and has developed a training program to help managers lead and support their teams more effectively. Tetrault came to the foundation in 2010, taking on the role of manager of financial reporting and compliance. She was subsequently promoted to the position of controller and then director of finance and grants management, responsible for all aspects of the foundation’s general and investment accounting and reporting, payroll, and tax and regulatory matters. She also has led the development of the foundation’s budget and, earlier this year, assumed oversight of grant processing.

The Minneapolis-based Frey Foundation of Minnesota has announced the appointment of FLOR TREVINO FREY as senior director, the first member of the third generation of the family to join the foundation’s day-to-day management team. In her new position, Treviño Frey will work with president and CEO Jim Frey and vice-president Carol Frey Wolfe in managing the foundation. Flor Treviño Frey has served on the foundation’s board since 2012 and has spent the last four years as a marketing manager for 3M's Scotch™ brand. She holds an MBA from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and has worked in the health and wellness industry and for tech startups.

The board of directors of the New York City-based Japan Society has announced JOSHUA WALKER as the organization’s new president and CEO, effective December 2. Walker will succeed Ambassador MOTOATSU SAKURAI, who has served as the organization’s president since April 7, 2009, and is retiring. Walker comes to the society from the Eurasia Group, where he served as global head of strategic initiatives and Japan in the Office of the President. Raised in Japan, where his parents still serve as missionaries, Walker also has served as CEO and president of the USA Pavilion of the 2017 World Expo in Astana, Kazakhstan; as founding dean of the APCO Institute; and as senior vice president of global programs at APCO Worldwide, a leading global strategic communications firm based in Washington, D.C., as well as in roles at various U.S. government agencies, including the State Department and the Defense Department. Co-founder of the Yale Journal of International Affairs and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy in New York, he is also a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, and a professor of leadership and the American presidency at George Mason University.

The Guttmacher Institute in New York City has announced a series of changes to its executive management team. Selected after a national search, MAIBE PONET has been named vice president for communications and publications. A seasoned professional with wide-ranging experience, Ponet joins the organization from the New York City Mayor’s Office, where she served most recently as deputy communications director responsible for strategic communications, with a focus on health and human services. The organization also announced that SUSHEELA SINGH, PhD, has been selected to serve as distinguished scholar and vice president for global science and policy integration, a new role within the President’s Office. In that position, Singh will work to align and integrate the institute’s global research and policy work and help it develop more robust professional development processes and become a more active "learning" institution. And JONATHAN WITTENBERG, who served as acting president and CEO during the organization’s recent leadership transition, has been named executive vice president within the president’s office. In that role, Wittenberg will serve as a special advisor to the CEO and will continue to oversee Guttmacher’s Development Division, working closely with donors to ensure the organization has the resources it needs to advance its mission.

Signature Theatre in New York City has announced the following additions to its board of trustees for the 2019-20 season: JOE BAKER, president emeritus, Medicare Rights Center; DOUG CHITTENDEN, executive vice president and president of institutional retirement; Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America; TIMOTHY G. LITTLE, national real estate department head, Katten Muchin Rosenman; DOMINIQUE MORISSEAU, playwright (Ain’t Too ProudConfederates); LILA NEUGABAUER, director (At Home At The Zoo); NANCY NORTHUP, president/CEO, Center for Reproductive Rights; and PABLO SALAME, senior director, Goldman Sachs Group.

TOBIAS REES, founding director of the Transformations of the Human program at the Berggruen Institute, has been selected as a Rockefeller Foundation resident for 2019-2020. Supporting his work on the ways in which contemporary technology is challenging and changing what it means to be human, Rees’ duties will be to help the foundation brainstorm and build a program on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Society. In addition to his duties at the Berggruen Institute, Rees serves as Reid Hoffman Professor of Humanities at the New School for Social Research and is a fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. He has worked as an advisor for many universities in North America and Europe and is the author of three books: Designs for an Anthropology of the Contemporary (2008), Plastic Reason (2016), and After Ethnos (2018).

And PND notes the passing of DEBORAH MARROW, who led the Getty Foundation for thirty years and retired as director at the end of last year, at the age of 70. A specialist in Baroque painting, Marrow joined the Getty in 1983 as publications coordinator and as director had guided the Getty Trust's philanthropic activity since 1989, when it was known as the Getty Grant Program. In 2004, she became director of its successor, the Getty Foundation, and in 2000 she assumed the additional role of dean for external relations for the Getty. In 1999-2000, she served as acting director of the Getty Research Institute, and she twice served as interim president of the Getty Trust (2006-07 and again in 2010-11). One of the foundation’s largest initiatives during her tenure was Pacific Standard Time, which awarded approximately $28 million in grants to dozens of cultural institutions in Southern California.  Other major Getty Foundation initiatives developed under her leadership include the Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative (2008–2014), which helped museums transition their collections catalogues into innovative digital formats that can be readily shared; Keeping It Modern, which focused on the preservation of twentieth-century architecture around the world; and Connecting Art Histories, which brings together international scholars across national and regional borders for sustained intellectual exchange. "Deborah Marrow was that rare phenomenon — an art historian who was respected, admired, trusted and liked by her colleagues and fellows all round the world. That was in large measure because of the intelligence and imagination with which for several decades she administered the different grant programs of the Getty," said Neil MacGregor, former director of the British Museum, who knew and worked with Marrow for many years. "Her generosity of spirit was matched by a luminous integrity. We have lost an outstanding public servant, a valued colleague, and a dear friend." Marrow is survived by Mike McGuire, her husband of forty-seven years, daughter Anna, and son David.

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