People in the News (10/23/16): Appointments and Promotions

People in the News (10/23/16): Appointments and Promotions

MAYRA AGUIRRE is joining the Hall Family Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Hall family, principal owners of Hallmark Cards, Inc., as its new vice president and secretary, the Kansas City Star reports. Reporting to foundation president Bill Hall, Aguirre, who will succeed TRACY McFERRIN in that position, comes to the foundation after stints at the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, the Hispanic Development Fund, and the Mid-America Regional Council.

The Bob Woodruff Foundation in New York City has announced MARGARET HARRELL as its new director of programs and partnerships. In that role, Harrell, who has a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of Virginia, will be responsible for the oversight and execution of the foundation's charitable programs and their integration into the overall operations and strategy of the organization. Harrell most recently served as executive director for force resiliency in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), where she was responsible for developing policies, providing oversight, and integrating activities pertaining to sexual assault prevention and response, suicide prevention, diversity management, equal opportunity, drug reduction, personnel safety, and for Department of Defense collaborative efforts with the Department of Veterans' Affairs. Prior to that, she served as deputy director of the RAND Corporation’s Arroyo Center; as a presidential appointee to the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force; and as a senior fellow and director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security.

The James Irvine Foundation has announced the election of LYDIA VILLARREAL, Superior Court Judge of Monterey County, to a three-year term as chair of its board, beginning in January. Villarreal, who joined the Irvine board in October 2006, will succeed GREGORY AVIS, co-founder and advisor of Summit Partners, a Palo Alto-based private equity and venture capital firm, who is retiring from the board after thirteen years of service. Before her appointment to the Superior Court in 2001, Villarreal, a California native, spent much of her professional life in the Salinas Valley organizing low-income workers, first at California Rural Legal Assistance and then as the founder of the Center for Community Advocacy, a Salinas nonprofit that works to improve housing conditions for and offers health and educational programs to farmworkers in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties. In addition to her service on the Irvine board, Villarreal serves on the board of the Center for Community Advocacy and has previously served on the boards of the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Elkhorn Slough Foundation.

The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has named KRISTEN SARRI as its new president and chief executive officer. In that role, Sarri will provide strategic direction and oversight of the programmatic and financial operations of the fifteen-year-old organization, which is based in the Washington, D.C., area. She joins NMSF from the Department of the Interior, where she served as principal deputy assistant secretary for policy, management and budget, responsible for cross-cutting management and operations issues. Earlier, she served as deputy director of policy and strategic planning in the U.S. Department of Commerce; as associate director for legislative affairs in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget; on the professional staff of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee; as a senior policy advisor in the office of Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI); as legislative director for the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition; as education coordinator at the Cheetah Conservation Fund, Namibia; and as a program associate at Defenders of Wildlife.

The Los Angeles-based Starlight Children's Foundation has announced that CHRISTOPHER HELFRICH will join the organization as its new chief executive officer, effective November 1. A sector veteran with experience in program development, innovation, fundraising, and nonprofit management, Helfrich joins the organization from the United Nations Foundation, where he spent more than five years at the helm of Nothing But Nets, the world's largest global grassroots campaign to defeat malaria. Prior to his involvement with Nothing But Nets, Helfrich served as director of development and marketing at Public Citizen, a national public interest advocacy organization in Washington, D.C.; as director of development at public radio stations in San Antonio and Charlotte, North Carolina; and as a fundraiser at Davidson College.

Foundation Source, a company that provides management and advisory services for private foundations, has announced that HUGH S. ASHER has been appointed managing director for its Southern Region, which includes Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Asher previously served as managing director at boutique investment management firm Cedar Capital; was regional director for Morgan Stanley's Consulting Group; spent six years with Smith Barney and Citigroup Global Markets as divisional and regional director for the firm's different investment and product platforms; and held financial advisor positions at Capital Guardian Trust Company and Salomon Smith Barney.

Vulcan, Inc., the entity that oversees the various business and charitable projects of investor and philanthropist PAUL ALLEN, has announced the appointment of BILL HILF as its new CEO, effective December 1. Reporting directly to Allen, who will remain chairman, Hilf will be responsible for setting Vulcan's vision and strategy and driving its slate of initiatives. Hilf comes to the company from Hewlett-Packard Enterprise's Cloud business unit, where he served as served as senior vice president and general manager. Prior to joining H-P, he served as general manager of product management for Microsoft Azure and led Microsoft's Technical Computing Group. Earlier in his career, Hilf worked at IBM as a senior architect in Linux and Open Source and honed his skills at a range of software start-ups.

In other news, PND notes the passing, at the age of 83, of WILLIAM G. BOWEN, a distinguished educator, university president, and former head and board chair of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Born in Cincinnati, Bowen came to prominence in a 1964 with an article (wrtten with William Baumol) that looked at how the costs of labor-intensive industries such as higher education will rise higher than other industries in which technology brings productivity increases. In 1967, he was named provost of Princeton University as it was making the transition to coeducation under president Robert F. Goheen. Bowen succeeded Goheen as Princeton's president in 1972 and ushered in a series of dramatic changes to its social and intellectual life over the next sixteen years, including the establishment of a system of residential colleges for freshmen and sophomores, the creation of alternatives to the exclusive eating clubs that dominated upperclass life on campus, increasing the size of the faculty by almost two-thirds, and completing a $410 million fundraising campaign.

In 1988, Bowen was named president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and, over the next eighteen years strengthened the foundation's focus on supporting the humanities, undergraduate and graduate education, and arts and culture. "The themes to which he continually returned in his work [as both president and as a formidable scholar in his own right]," write Mellon Foundation board chair Danielle Allen and president Earl Lewis in a remembrance on the Mellon website, "were neither simple nor peripheral. They were the issues that will continue to be central to higher education: the cost of producing an education; the governance of crucial institutions; the allocation of opportunity. He was always at work on these topics, sending emails at all hours of the day and night, seeking critique of his writing and methodology. He often quoted one of his teachers as saying, 'there's no limit to the foolishness that you can do working all by yourself'."

Over the course of his career, Bowen produced a number of important studies (many produced with the support of the foundation), including The Shape of the River: Long-Term Consequences of Considering Race in College and University Admissions (with Derek Bok), Equity and Excellence in Higher Education (with Martin A. Kurzweil and Eugene M. Tobin), The Game of Life: College Sports and Educational Values (with James L. Shulman), and Lessons Learned: Reflections of a University President, a memoir"[F]or countless students and colleagues working with Bill was the most intense and rewarding intellectual exercise of their lives," Allen and Lewis write. "He taught all of us with both seriousness and laughter. His leadership of the foundation will reverberate through the directions he set, the projects he created, and most of all through the work of his colleagues, friends, and students whom he nurtured throughout his lifetime and who will miss him dearly." 

Bowen is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen; their children, David Bowen and Karen Bowen-Imhof; and their five grandchildren.

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