The Los Angeles-based California Endowment has announced the appointments of MARLON CUELLAR as manager of its health systems program, LIZELDA LÓPEZ as public affairs manager, and ALBERT MALDONADO, JR. as manager of its healthy communities program in central/southeast/southwest Fresno. Cuellar most recently was lead staffer on health policy matters for California Assembly Member Mary Salas (D-79). López most recently was deputy director of public affairs and outreach for the California Department of Social Services. Maldonado formerly served as senior director of programs at the Youth Leadership Institute.
The Chicago-based McCormick Foundation has announced that REBEKAH LEVIN will join the organization as director of evaluation and learning, a new position. Levin, most recently an associate professor at the University of Illinois, Chicago's college of education, also served as director of evaluation for the Council of Chicago Area Deans of Education. Earlier, she was executive director of the Chicagobased Center for Impact Research.
GARY BASS, founder of Washington, D.C.-based OMB Watch, is leaving the organization to become chief executive of the Bauman Family Foundation, also in D.C., the NonProfit Times reports. Prior to founding OMB Watch, Bass was president of the Human Services Information Center, served as director of liaison for the International Year of Disabled Persons, and worked as a consultant on several projects in special education and the mental health of children and youth, most notably the preparation of the first annual report to Congress on the implementation of the Individuals with Disability Education Act. He currently is an affiliated professor at Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute and also teaches in the Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate program at Georgetown's Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership.
Independent Sector has announced the election of two officers and seven new members to its board. The officers are board chair STEPHEN B. HEINTZ, president of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and secretary GARY YATES, president and CEO of The California Wellness Foundation. New board members are ROBERT W. BRIGGS, president of the GAR Foundation; KYLE CALDWELL, president and CEO of the Michigan Nonprofit Association; RISA LAVIZZO-MOUREY, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; BERNARD J. MILANO, president and trustee of the KPMG Foundation and KPMG Disaster Relief Fund; PAUL SCHMITZ, national CEO of Public Allies and founder of Public Allies Milwaukee; ROBERTO SURO, a professor at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the School of Policy, Planning and Development at the University of Southern California as well as managing director of the Annenberg Innovation Lab at USC; and RICHARD B. WILLIAMS, president and CEO of the American Indian College Fund.
Heifer International in Little Rock, Arkansas, has announced the appointment of PIERRE U. FERRARI as chief executive officer. Ferrari, an investor, marketer, entrepreneur, and social venture developer, is director of Guayaki Sustainable Rainforest Products, a company working to restore and steward 200,000 acres of South American Atlantic rainforest; president of Hot Fudge Social Venture Fund, a community development venture capital fund; and a founder of EthixVentures and QuatreCinq LLC. Healso teaches (sustainable) MBA marketing at Bainbridge Graduate Institute.
In other news, GILBERT GROSVENOR has announced his retirement as board chair of the National Geographic Society, the Washington Post reports. Grosvenor, 79, will become chairman emeritus of the society's board and will continue to serve as chairman of the National Geographic Education Foundation. His daughter, Lexi Grosvenor Eller, will remain on the board, but his own retirement means the Grosvenor family, for the first time in the society's history, will not be involved with its editorial products. Grosvenor will be succeeded as board chair by society president JOHN M. FAHEY, who has held that position for fourteen years.