RICHARD TATE has been named executive vice president of the California Wellness Foundation. In his new role, Tate, the foundation's vice president of public affairs since 2016, will join the executive office and serve as chief deputy to president and CEO Judy Belk. Prior to joining the foundation, Tate served as vice president of communications and marketing at Hopelab, the health-focused nonprofit organization of the Omidyar Group, and as a director of communications at Chiron, a global biotechnology company. A resident of California since 1991, he currently serves as board secretary of Northern California Grantmakers and as board chair of OUTWORDS.
The Rockefeller Brothers Fund has announced ARTURO AGUILAR as director of its new its new grantmaking program for Central America. In 2019, RBF selected the region encompassing El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras as the focus for a new "pivotal place" program. Pivotal places are sub-national areas, nation-states, or cross-border regions that have special importance with regard to RBF's thematic interests in democratic practice, peacebuilding, and sustainable development and whose future will have disproportionate significance for the future of a surrounding region, an ecosystem, or the world. A lifelong human rights activist, Aguilar served as executive director (2018–2020) of the Seattle Interntaional Foundation, a grantmaking institution dedicated to advancing good governance and equity in Central America, and before that as a political officer with the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala, which was established by the UN Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs to investigate criminal networks operating with impunity to undermine Guatemala's democratic systems. A native of Guatemala, he began his career in the Human Rights Office of the Archbishop of Guatemala during the country's civil war and was part of a team that documented and investigated war crimes, laying the groundwork for the first genocide trial ever held in a domestic court. He went on to serve with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Guatemala and as secretary for strategic affairs in the office of Guatemala’s first female attorney general.
The CARESTAR Foundation in Berkeley, California, has named LINDA SONG WENDEL as its new communications director. Song Wendel started her career in public relations and has held senior roles in the U.S. and the UK, where she led the corporate philanthropy programs at Burberry PLC and Lehman Brothers in Europe. Most recently, as head of global citizenship for Franklin Templeton Investments in San Mateo, she was responsible for overseeing the company’s worldwide philanthropic initiatives and was instrumental in launching the firm’s first-ever diversity and inclusion program.
The Tipping Point Fund on Impact Investing (TPF), a donor collaborative vehicle focused on scaling the field and practice of impact investing, has announced the appointment of JESSIE DUNCAN as program officer. In that role, Duncan will serve as the TPF’s primary grantmaker, working with TPF staff and donors to refine and implement grantmaking strategies, engage with critical stakeholders, and manage general TPF operations. Previously, she worked in the healthcare and social impact practice areas at the Boston Consulting Group; as a senior portfolio manager and head of strategy for Medtronic Labs; as an advisor to the U.S. mission to the United Nations; as a a manager at the Monitor Group (now part of Deloitte); and as a research assistant at the Brookings Institution. Duncan formally started at TPF on August 31 and will be based in New York City.
The Ms. Foundation for Women in New York City has announced CANDI CASTLEBERRY SINGLETON and ALEX BUSANSKY as the newest members of its board of directors. Castleberry Singleton is the vice president of diversity partnership strategy and engagement at Twitter and the founder of the award-winning Dignity & Respect Campaign, which has helped organizations create more inclusive work environments. Busansky is the president and founder of Impact Justice, a national innovation and research center that works to create a more humane and restorative justice system in the United States. For twelve years, he handled homicides, serious domestic and family violence cases, and sex abuse cases as a prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. He later became a trial attorney in the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice before joining the Vera Institute of Justice as executive director of the Commission on Safety and Abuse for America's Prisons.