People in the News (10/14/18): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (10/14/18): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The board of trustees of the Altman Foundation in New York City and JANE B. O'CONNELL, the foundation's president, have announced that KAREN L. ROSA, vice president and executive director, will retire at the end of 2018. Upon Rosa's retirement, DEBORAH T. VELAZQUEZ, currently associate director at the foundation, will become president while O'Connell will become chair of the board. Rosa began her tenure at the foundation as associate director in 1986 and became executive director in 1991. Since 1986, the assets of the foundation have grown from $85 million to $260 million, and the foundation has distributed just over $300 million in grants. A former board chair of Philanthropy New York, Rosa has been involved in a variety of philanthropic support organizations, including New York Grantmakers in the Arts (past co-chair) and the Youth Funders Network, and was an early participant in the Collaborative to Advance Funding for Palliative Care. She also served as a consultant to the Rockefeller Foundation's Trustee Task Force on Development and before that worked for eleven years for art collector and philanthropist Dominique de Menil. Velazquez joined the foundation as senior program officer in 2008 and became associate director in 2016. Before joining the foundation, she worked at the Emmanuel Community Development Corporation, the Bridge Street Development Corporation, the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, and the social policy research firm MDRC.

The Rasmuson Foundation in Anchorage, Alaska, has announced the promotion of program officer JEFF BAIRD to the position of chief of staff, a newly created position. As program officer, Baird handled grant requests for health clinics and the Alaska Cares child advocacy center, as well as historic buildings and library improvements; helped restructure the foundation's arts program; and was one of two program officers leading the foundation's Individual Artist Awards, with up to four hundred and fifty artists a year applying for up to thirty-six awards. In his new role, he will coordinate the work of the foundation as it intersects three business units: finance and administration, program, and external affairs.

The Lake County Community Foundation in Waukegan, Illinois, has announced the election of six new business and community leaders to its board of directors. They are: JEANNE ANG, director of community health, north region at Advocate Health Care; LAURA BROWN HOULT, a practicing veterinarian and principal of Green Tree Animal Hospital in Libertyville, which she founded in 1996; LISA SARRIS COWHEY, chief operating officer at Rosalind Franklin University Health Clinics in North Chicago; SHANA HAYES, managing director for the Academy for Urban School Leadership in Chicago; SCOTT HUMPHREY, a member of the LCCF Grants and Community Investment Committee since 2016 and recently retired as president and CEO of One Hope United; and JOHN SONNIER, a partner and managing director, biotech and pharma investment banking with William Blair & Company LLC.

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in New York City has announced JULIAN ZUGAZAGOITIA as its new board chair and the election of three new board members: NAOMI BECKWITH, CARY J. DAVIS, and DEBORAH WILLIS, PhD. Zugazagoitia, who will succeed IGOR DaCOSTA, has served as director and CEO of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City since 2010 and previously served as director and CEO of El Museo del Barrio in New York, where he oversaw a $44 million renovation project. He also has held positions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, UNESCO, and the Getty Conservation Institute. Beckwith is the Manilow Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), where her exhibition and book projects focus on the impact of identity and multi-disciplinary practices for shaping contemporary art. Prior to the MCA, she held positions at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia and the Studio Museum in Harlem. Davis is a senior partner at Warburg Pincus, where he is responsible for the firm's investments in the software and financial technology sectors, and is chair-elect of the American Academy in Rome. He also has served as chair of the Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst, chair of the Boys Prep charter, as an adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, and as a member of the Contemporary Arts Council at the Museum of Modern Art.  Willis is a photographer and university professor and chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She has received a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship and was a Richard D. Cohen Fellow in African and African American Art at Harvard University, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, and an Alphonse Fletcher, Jr. Fellow.

Glenmede, an independent and privately held investment and wealth management firm, has announced the appointment of NINA L. COHEN, director of endowment and foundation advisory, to the board of Exponent Philanthropy, an association of funders dedicated to serving foundations with few or no staff, philanthropic families, and individual donors. In her role at Glenmede, Cohen provides advisory and administrative services to foundations, endowments, and other not-for-profit organizations and assists individuals, families, and organizations with charitable gift planning and the development of philanthropic strategies. Her appointment to the Exponent Philanthropy board will be facilitated through her role as a relationship manager with the George & Mary Kremer Foundation, of which Glenmede serves as corporate trustee.

In other news, the D.C.-based Human Rights Campaign has named NICOLE COZIER as senior vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, a new position. Cozier has served as HRC's director of diversity and inclusion for the last two and a half years and has been responsible for managing the D&I team and designing and implementing its diversity and inclusion strategy and initiatives. She began her career in women's health and reproductive health and rights working for Planned Parenthood, Cooper Health System, and the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance and in 2003 joined Women & Philanthropy, where she served as the organization's representative for the Joint Affinity Group (JAG) — a collaborative of identity-based affinity groups working to pursue more equity for diverse communities. She also served on the board of Funders for LGBTQ Issues for six years and later joined the staff of the Washington Area Women's Foundation, where she eventually served as chief operating officer (COO).

"Altman Foundation Announces Leadership Transition, New President and Chair." Altman Foundation Press Release 10/10/2018. "First Chief of Staff Will Juggle Demands on Growing Foundation." Rasmuson Foundation News Release 10/08/2018. "Lake County Community Foundation Welcomes Six New Board Members." Lake Forest Patch 10/01/2018. "Warhol Foundation Appoints New Board Chair and Three New Board Members." Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Press Release 10/09/2018. "Nina L. Cohen Appointed to Exponent Philanthropy Board of Directors." Glenmede Press Release 10/09/2018. "HRC Names Nicole Cozier as Senior Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion." Human Rights Campaign Blog Post 10/11/2018.