People in the News (10/19/14): Appointments and Promotions

People in the News (10/19/14): Appointments and Promotions

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced the appointment of DANIEL HARRIS as San Jose program manager, effective October 31. Harris, a recognized entrepreneur and storyteller with experience in community-building and civic engagement initiatives, currently serves as principal of creative design firm StorySocial. He also is co-founder of Feastly, a venture capital-backed online marketplace for cooks. Previously, he served as chief storytelling officer for People's District, an online oral history project in Washington, D.C. An award-winning DJ and photographer, Harris was chosen as a National Arts Strategies Creative Community Fellow and serves on the board of the Awesome Foundation’s  D.C. chapter.  

The Plastic Surgery Foundation has named NICHOLAS VEDDER as president. Chief of plastic surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle, Vedder is the recipient of six Golden Scalpel Awards from the Washington Society of Plastic Surgeons and has served in executive or board positions at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Association for Hand Surgery, the Plastic Surgery Research Council, and the American College of Surgeons.

The CDC Foundation has announced the appointment of PHIL KENT to its board and the election of DOUGLAS NELSON as board chair. Kent, former chairman and CEO of Turner Broadcasting Systems, previously served as president and chief operating officer of the CNN News Group, worked at Creative Artists Agency, and helped launch Blair Entertainment, the television syndication division of John Blair & Co. Nelson, a former president and CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, currently serves on the board of the Carter Center and is a senior advisor to the Dane County Racial Disparities Reduction Project, a research-based initiative to increase racial equity in Wisconsin’s capital county. He will succeed Gary Cohen, who will remain on the foundation’s board as an active member.

The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation has announced the appointment of ANDRE BOUCHARD as program officer, a new position. Bouchard, most recently a senior researcher at Carnegie Mellon University’s Arts Management Technology Lab, is founder and artistic director of the Walrus Performance Productions theater in Seattle. Earlier, he did consulting work for Microsoft and was managing director of the Black Box Theatre in Lynnwood, Washington. Bouchard is of Kootenai and Chippewa descent and grew up on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana.

In other news, the Social Impact Exchange has announced the appointment of JENNIFER KLOT as vice president for health, ANTOINETTE LA BELLE as managing director of network partnerships, KABERI BANERJEE MURTHY as deputy vice president for education, SUNNY LARSON as senior director for education, DAVID NEE as senior consultant, and ELIZABETH RAMIREZ as senior manager. Klot, currently senior advisor at the Social Science Research Council, has worked for over two decades on health, gender, peace/security, and development issues in the international arena. La Belle’s executive experience spans the nonprofit/private sector divide and includes stints at Lehman Brothers and leading the Encore Fellows program at Civic Ventures. Murthy previously was a program director at Crown Family Philanthropies. Larson, who most recently worked at the Fund for Public Schools, has led several public/private sector initiatives and has extensive branding and social media experience. Nee, a foundation executive for more than twenty-five years, most recently served as executive director of the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund. Ramirez comes from the Levi Strauss Foundation, where she managed a grantmaking portfolio as well as major programmatic initiatives.

"Daniel Harris Will Lead Knight Foundation Investments in San Jose, Calif." John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Press Release 10/13/2014. "The Plastic Surgery Foundation Names Seattle Physician, Nicholas B. Vedder, MD, New President." Plastic Surgery Foundation Press Release 10/12/2014. "NACF Expands Programs Department." Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Press Relese 10/15/2014. "Former Turner CEO Phil Kent Joins CDC Foundation Board." CDC Foundation Press Release 10/16/2014. "Philanthropic Leader Douglas Nelson Named Chair of CDC Foundation Board." CDC Foundation Press Release 10/16/2014. "Announcing Six New Staff Appointments." Social Impact Exchange Press Release 10/16/2014.