People in the News (10/12/14): Appointments and Promotions

People in the News (10/12/14): Appointments and Promotions

The Stupski Foundation has announced the appointment of STERLING SPEIRN as president. In that role, Speirn will oversee the re-launch of the foundation as a grantmaking entity after fifteen years as an operating foundation and will help guide its activities as it spends down its $260 million endowment over the next ten years. Speirn, a philanthropic sector veteran who stepped down as president of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation earlier this year, previously served as president of the Peninsula Community Foundation and was a director of the Center for Venture Philanthropy, which he co-founded in 1999. He also has worked for the United States Department of the Interior, directed Apple Computer’s national grants program, and was a middle school educator, a legal aid attorney, and director of a community health center in Northern California. He currently serves on the board of several organizations, including Silicon Valley Community Ventures, the Entrepreneurs' Foundation, the American Leadership Forum of Silicon Valley, and Northern California Grantmakers.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced the appointment of JENNIFER PRESTON as vice president for journalism. Preston, an award-winning New York Times journalist and digital innovator, brings more than thirty years of newsroom and business-side experience to the position. Most recently, she helped launch a homepage news curation feature for called Watching and before that taught digital media at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Preston's hire completes a reorganization of the journalism and media innovation program at the foundation that included the hiring of JOHN BRACKEN as director of new media and SHAZNA NESSA as director of journalism.

USA for UNHCR, the U.S.-based fundraising partner for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, has announced the appointment of ANNE-MARIE GREY as executive director. Grey, most recently head of leadership giving for the agency, previously held senior fundraising and business development positions at Save the Children, UNICEF, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, and Share our Strength. She is, in addition, founding director of Grey O'Keefe Associates, a marketing and fundraising consultancy that specializes in the integration of causes and corporations. Grey will replace CHARLES DeSANTIS, who has been serving as the organization's interim executive director.

Humanity United has announced the appointment of AKWASI AIDOO as a senior fellow. Aidoo, board chair of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa and the Fund for Global Human Rights, formerly served as executive director of TrustAfrica. Earlier, he led the Canadian International Development Research Center's health and equity program for West and Central Africa and was head of the Ford Foundation's office for West Africa and the foundation's Special Initiative for Africa. Earlier, he taught at universities in the United States, Tanzania, and his native Ghana. He has served as a trustee for several international organizations, including OXFAM America and Resource Alliance.

The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy has announced the appointments of BILL BYNUM and KATHERINE S. VILLERS to its board. Bynum is CEO of HOPE (Hope Enterprise Corporation/Hope Credit Union), a regional community development financial institution serving distressed communities in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Villers is founding president of Community Catalyst, a national nonprofit that builds state-level advocacy networks and consumer leadership to improve health and healthcare. NCRP also announced that DIANE FEENEY, former executive director of the French American Charitable Trust, and AI-JEN POO, executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, have stepped down from its board due to term limits and other factors.

In other news, the Center for Education Reform has announced a new slate of officers, including FRANK BONSAL, director of entrepreneurship at Towson University, as chair; MICHAEL MOE, co-founder and CEO of GSV Capital, as vice chair; SUSAN WOLFORD, managing director of BMO Capital Markets, as treasurer; and DONALD HENSE, founder and CEO of Friendship Public Charter Schools, as secretary. The organization also elected DAVID HARDY, CEO of Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia Charter School, to its board.

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