The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation in Princeton, New Jersey, has announced the appointment of GIANNA DURSO-FINLEY as its executive director, effective December 14. She will succeed THOMAS N. WILFRID, who, along with program officer DIANE C. WILFRID, will be retiring after nine years at the foundation. Since 1981, the foundation has awarded more than $65 million toward 39,500 scholarships and fellowships and has supported the development of 106 Newcombe-endowed Scholarship Funds at 64 colleges and universities.
NEO Philanthropy, a New York City-based nonprofit intermediary that works with funders to achieve a vision of justice and dignity for all, has announced the appointment of ERIN BALLARD as chief operating officer. Ballard brings to the role extensive management, finance, and operational experience, including service as a financial and operations officer at New York University, most recently as division administrator at the NYU School of Medicine.
The Los Angeles-based Weingart Foundation has announced that ROBERT K. ROSS, M.D. will join its board of directors, effective January 1, 2017. In his role as president and CEO of the California Endowment, one of the largest foundations in the nation dedicated to expanding health access for underserved individuals and communities, Ross has led that organization’s Building Healthy Communities initiative, a ten-year, place-based strategy to advance grassroots campaigns that address the root causes of health inequities. At the endowment, he also has worked to secure health care for all, reduce childhood obesity, strengthen the capacity of community health centers, improve health services for farm workers and formerly incarcerated people, and increase racial and ethnic diversity in the health professions.
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced the election of OLUFUNMILAYO FALUSII OLOPADE, a hematology oncologist and expert on the molecular genetics of breast cancer and tumor suppression, to its board of directors, effective December 6. Dr. Olopade directs the Center for Clinical Cancer Genetics and Global Health and is Dean for Global Health and Walter L. Palmer Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago Medicine. In 2005, she was named a MacArthur Fellow in recognition of her efforts to translate her basic research on individual and population cancer susceptibility into an effective clinical practice for treating breast cancer among African and African-American women.
The DuPage Foundation in Downers Grove, Illinois, has announced the addition of BERNARD W. DAN and DELROSE A. KOCH to its board of trustees. Dan, a seasoned turnaround executive and global financial services leader, currently serves as senior advisor to OneChronos Group, Inc. and previously served as CEO and board director of Sun Holdings, as an independent director of New York Portfolio Clearing, as CEO of MF Global Holdings, as CEO/president of the Chicago Board of Trade, and as CEO/president of Cargill Investor Services. Koch, a partner with Clingen Callow & McLean, serves as chair of the foundation's Professional Advisor Committee, is a member of its Development Committee, and is a past steering committee member of its Next Generation Initiative. Dan and Koch will replace two retiring trustees, STEPHEN M. BURT and DANIEL MAGUIRE, who were both elected trustees emeriti.
The University of Southern California has named MIRIAM ADELSON, SUZANNE DWORAK-PECK, and CLAUDE MANN to its board of trustees. Adelson, an internist with experience in emergency medicine, founded, sponsors, and chairs the board of two major drug abuse treatment and research centers, one in Las Vegas and one in Tel Aviv, Israel. Dworak-Peck, a social work practitioner and leader in the field for more than forty years, has served as president of both the National Association of Social Workers and the organization’s California chapter, and founded the NASW Communications Network, which provided the media and entertainment industries with information and resources related to social issues and social work. Elected a life trustee, Mann is the executive vice president of gifting and development for the Alfred Mann Foundation, which was established by her late husband.
In other news, the Julliard School in New York City has announced that its current president, JOSEPH W. POLISI, will step down at the end of June 2018. In office for thirty-four years, Polisi, the school’s sixth and longest-serving president, has spearheaded the steady expansion of activities within the school, in the broader community, and internationally. Highlights of his tenure include the creation of Historical Performance and Jazz Studies programs and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Drama; construction of the school’s first dormitory; development of the Tianjin Juilliard School in China, for which he serves as board chair, and which will offer a U.S.-accredited master’s degree – a first for any performing arts institution in China; the development of Juilliard Open Studios apps, online courses, and other products for the consumer education market; and the creation of the Alan D. Marks Center for Career Services and Entrepreneurship and Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts. The school’s board of trustees has appointed a committee led by Board Chair Bruce Kovner to conduct a search for Polisi’s successor.