The Rockefeller Foundation has announced the promotion of PATRICK J. BRENNAN to the position of chief operating officer, in which role Brennan will provide leadership and strategic direction for the foundation's global operations, including management of its regional offices in Bangkok and Nairobi as well as the Bellagio Center on Lake Como, Italy. Brennan joined the foundation in 2012 as chief of staff and managed the search process that led to the appointment of Rajiv Shah to succeed Judith Rodin as the foundation's president.
The William Penn Foundation has announced the appointment of JUDILEE REED as director of its Creative Communities program. In that role, Reed, who has directed the Surdna Foundation's Thriving Cultures program for the last six years, will oversee a $30 million annual grant portfolio that includes investments in arts and culture organizations, arts education, and access to high-quality public spaces and arts and cultural opportunities in and around Philadelphia.
The Duke Endowment has announced the appointment of LAILA A. BELL as associate director of learning and evaluation. Currently director of research and data at NC Child, Bell previously served as a Texas KIDSCOUNT analyst at the Center for Public Policy Priorities, as a policy researcher at the Congressional Research Service in Austin, and as a public policy contractor for the Texas Council on Family Violence.
The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy has announced the election of five members to its board of directors: SHARON ALPERT, president and CEO of the Nathan Cummings Foundation; JOCELYN SARGENT, executive director of the Hyams Foundation; JOSEPH SCANTLEBURY, vice president for program and strategy at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation; PAMELA SHIFMAN, executive director of the NoVo Foundation; and LATEEFAH SIMON, president of the Akonadi Foundation. The organization also announced the election of STARSKY WILSON, president and CEO of the Deaconess Foundation, as board chair, succeeding SHERECE WEST-SCANTLEBURY, who leads the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation.
Susan G. Komen has announced the appointment of PAULA SCHNEIDER as president and CEO. A breast cancer survivor whose mother died as a result of metastatic breast cancer in 2010, Schneider is an expert in organizational management and finance and has served as president and CEO of American Apparel and Delta Galil Premium Brands and as president of the Warnaco Swimwear Group. She will succeed ELLEN WILLMOTT, who has served as the organization's interim president and CEO since November 2016.
The Poetry Foundation has announced the appointment of EUGENE Y. LOWE, JR. and ANGEL YSAGUIRRE to its board of trustees. A historian of American religion, Lowe serves as assistant to the president of Northwestern University, where he holds faculty appointments in the Religious Studies Department and the School of Education and Social Policy; he previously served as dean of students at Princeton University. Ysaguirre, executive director of Illinois Humanities, began his career in Chicago as program officer at the McCormick Tribune Foundation and subsequently served as director of global community investing at Boeing, deputy commissioner at the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and Illinois Humanities' director of programs.
Conservation organization Panthera has announced the appointment of FRÉDÉRIC LAUNAY as CEO, succeeding ALAN RABINOWITZ, who will assume the role of chief scientist at the organization. Currently director general of the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, the French-born Launay began his career as a wildlife biologist in Saudi Arabia, where he helped establish a number of protected areas and implemented reintroduction programs for the houbara bustard, Arabian oryx, and indigenous gazelles, before leading the National Avian Research Centre in the United Arab Emirates. Rabinowitz, who has led Panthera since its founding in 2006, will continue to advance discussions with government leaders and conservation investors focused on prioritizing the protection of the landscapes and corridors crucial to big cat conservation.
The Center for American Progress has announced the appointment of REBECCA COKLEY as a senior fellow focused on disability policy. Cokley most recently served as executive director of the National Council on Disability, an agency tasked with advising Congress and the White House on issues of national disability policy, and served for four years in the Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services and President Barack Obama's White House.
In other news, the Strada Education Network has announced the election of THOMAS B. MANGAS and MIMI WOLFE STROUSE to its board. Mangas served as executive vice president, chief financial officer, and then CEO of Starwood Hotels before the company merged with Marriott International in 2016. Strouse, a senior adviser at Accretive, previously served as managing director and partner at private equity firm Warburg Pincus.