People in the News (10/30/11): Appointments and Promotions

People in the News (10/30/11): Appointments and Promotions

The Miami-based John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced the election of JOICHI ITO, JOHN PALFREY, and CHRIS HUGHES to its board. Ito is an entrepreneur, media investor, and former head of Creative Commons; he was appointed director of the MIT Media Lab in the spring of 2011. Palfrey is a professor and vice dean at Harvard Law School and co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Hughes is a co-founder of Facebook, the founder of social networking site Jumo, and was the director of online organizing for Barack Obama's first presidential campaign.

The San Francisco-based Rosenberg Foundation has announced the appointment of civil rights leader LATEEFAH SIMON as director of its California's Future initiative. Most recently executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, Simon previously led the creation of the re-entry services division at the San Francisco district attorney's office and is a recipient of a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship award and the Jefferson Award for extraordinary public service.

The New York City-based National Kidney Foundation has announced the promotion of BRUCE SKYER to the position of CEO. Skyer, who joined the organization as chief operating officer in 2010, earlier served as chief financial and administrative officer of the Nonprofit Finance Fund and has held a variety of corporate finance positions at Fortune 500 companies. He succeeds John Davis, who led the organization for nearly thirty years.

The Jacksonville-based Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Foundation has announced the appointment of VELMA MONTEIRO-TRIBBLE as its director of grants and programs. Monteiro-Tribble, most recently CEO and assistant treasurer of the Alcoa Foundation, earlier worked on leadership development programs at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and served in executive administration roles at the National Association for Community Leadership and American College Testing.

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation has announced the appointment of STACEY D. MILLETT as senior program officer in its health equity projects area. Millett, most recently director of family services for Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, has extensive experience in the community development field.

The Center for Effective Philanthropy in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has announced the election of KATHRYN MERCHANT as board chair. Merchant, president and CEO of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, previously served as director of the Pew Charitable Trusts' Neighborhood Preservation Initiative and as a partner in the consulting firm of Holt, Wexler & Merchant in New Haven, Connecticut. She also has served as board chair of the Council on Foundations and Community Foundations of America.

The Lassen Park Foundation, which is relocating to Redding, California, has announced the appointment of MARTHA M. McCOY as executive director. McCoy previously served as a development officer for Mercy Foundation North and Catholic Healthcare West.

In other news, the New York City-based Roosevelt Institute has announced the election of KAREN R. ADLER, WILLIAM J. BRODY, GARA LaMARCHE, CANTWELL F. MUCKENFUSS III, PAUL R. RUDD, KATRINA VANDEN HEUVEL, and BRIAN L. WOLFF to its board. Adler is a strategic management consultant for the Adler Group, a philanthropic advisory firm. Brody is an attorney and board member at Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., in Minneapolis. LaMarche most recently served as president and CEO of the Atlantic Philanthropies. Muckenfuss is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Rudd is the founder and owner of financial software firm Adaptive Analytics LLC. Vanden Heuvel is editor and publisher of The Nation magazine. Wolff is senior vice president of external affairs at Edison Electric Institute and previously served as a Capitol Hill strategist for several members of the the U.S. House of Representatives, including Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Robert T. Matsui (D-CA), Rahm Emanuel (D-IL), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD).

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