The California Endowment has announced the appointment of SABINA GONZÁLEZ-ERAÑA as program manager for its Fresno Building Healthy Communities site. González-Eraña has served in leadership and program positions at several Fresno organizations, including the Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program, SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West, the Fresno Health Consumer Center, Californians for Pesticide Reform, and California Calls, an alliance of grassroots organizations in the state working to get out the vote.
The James S. McDonnell Foundation has announced the planned retirement of its president, JOHN T. BRUER, effective December 31, 2014. Bruer, a philosopher of science, is internationally recognized for his contributions to the fields of education and cognition. He will be replaced by SUSAN M. FITZPATRICK, currently the foundation's vice president, on January 1, 2015. In addition to exploring new philanthropic opportunities in line with the foundation's traditions and interests, Fitzpatrick, a respected biochemist and neuroscientist, will lead the continued development of the foundation's programs in brain science and mathematics.
The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has announced the appointment of JESSICA M. MARTIN as a communications officer. Martin, a former National Urban Fellow, previously served in communications roles at the Los Angeles YWCA and for two professional sports teams, the Denver Nuggets and the Colorado Avalanche. During her fellowship, Martin received practical experience in the philanthropic sector through a nine-month placement at the Skillman Foundation in Detroit.
The Santa Barbara Independent reports that mayor HELENE SCHNEIDER has named nineteen appointees to the board of the Bellosguardo Foundation, which is being formed according to the wishes of the late heiress HUGUETTE CLARK. The appointees are STEPHEN CLARK, vice president and general counsel for the J. Paul Getty Trust; author/film producer JOSHUA CONVISER; ROBERT DAY, chair of both the Keck Foundation and the Trust Company of the West; IAN DEVINE, a representative of the Clark family; PERRI HARCOURT, an investor and community philanthropist; JIM HURLEY, retired attorney for Clark; PETER JORDANO, president and CEO of Jordano's, Inc.; MORRIS JURKOWITZ, an investor and philanthropist; ROBERT LIEFF, founder of Lieff Cabraser Heimann and Bernstein, LLP; DIANE McQUARIE, retired co-founder of MapFrame; philanthropist SANDI NICHOLSON; philanthropist JACK OVERALL; CHARLES PATRIZIA, a representative of the Corcoran Gallery; JIM PETROVICH, an investor and philanthropist; RON PULICE, former chair/CEO of Pulice Construction; retired opera singer JOAN RUTKOWSKI; GARY TOBEY, president of Haworth Marketing & Media Company; philanthropist ANNE SMITH TOWBES; and film/TV producer DICK WOLF.
Philanthropic sector veteran MICHAEL SMITH has been tapped by President Obama to lead My Brother's Keeper, the Chronicle of Philanthropy reports. Smith, currently director of the Social Innovation Fund, previously was senior vice president of social innovation at the Case Foundation and served in leadership roles at several organizations working to enhance the lives of society's less fortunate. MELISSA BRADLEY, chief strategy officer at the Corporation for National and Community Service, which runs the Social Innovation Fund, was named SIF's interim director.
The Ford Foundation has announced the appointments of HELENA HOFBAUER BALMORI as head of its Mexico and Central America office and RAKESH RAJANI as director of its Democratic Participation and Governance program area, as well as the election of FRANCISCO CIGARROA to its board. Hofbauer Balmori, a respected social justice leader, is currently director for partnership development and innovation at the International Budget Partnership. Earlier, she was founding director of Mexico-based FUNDAR, the Center for Analysis and Investigation, which was founded with support from the foundation. She will start in her new position on February 2, 2015, replacing current field office leader MARIO BRONFMAN. Rajani currently is head of Twaweza, an organization he founded to promote basic learning, advance access to information, and enhance government responsiveness in Tanzania. Earlier, he served as lead civil society chair for the Open Government Partnership and established and/or led two other civil society organizations in Tanzania. Cigarro is returning as head of pediatric transplant surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center after serving as chancellor of the University of Texas System for five years; a Mexican American, he was the first Hispanic to lead a major university system in the United States and was appointed by President Obama as a commissioner for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans.
The Ball Brothers Foundation has announced the appointment of JAMES A. FISHER as chair and CEO. Fisher, a grandson of Edmund B. Ball, whose estate gift launched the foundation in 1926, will succeed the late FRANK E. BALL, who passed away in May. The foundation also announced that FRANK B. PETTY, a great-grandson of Frank C. Ball, the foundation's first president, has been elected as board vice chair. Fisher, a captain in the U.S. Air Force, worked for the Ball Corporation for more than thirty years and recently stepped down as board chair of the IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital foundation. Petty, principal of real estate firm Walnut and Charles Properties, chairs the board of Children's House (a Montessori school) and volunteers with Wings of Mercy, a faith-based nonprofit that connects aviation pilots with low-income patients in need of transportation to distant medical facilities.
Facing History and Ourselves has announced the appointment of ROGER BROOKS as president and CEO, effective December 1. Brooks, dean of faculty, chief academic officer, and Elie Wiesel Professor in the department of religious studies at Connecticut College, is also a fellow at the Center for Institutional and Social Change at Columbia University Law School. He will replace MARGOT STERN STROM, who will transition to the role of president emerita and senior scholar.
The Communications Network has announced the elections of MEREDITH KLEIN, ANDREW SHERRY, and NORRIS WEST to its board. Klein is communications officer at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Sherry is vice president of communications at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; and West is director of strategic communications at the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
In other news, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship has announced the election of RON E. GARROW and DERYCK VAN RENSBURG to its board. Garrow is chief human resources officer for MasterCard, and van Rensburg is president of Coca Cola/Keurig Ventures for the Coca Cola Company.