The Rockefeller Foundation has announced the unanimous election of RICHARD PARSONS as its next board chair. Parsons, who joined the foundation’s board in 2008, is senior advisor at Providence Equity Partners LLC. Previously, he chaired the boards of Citigroup and Time Warner, where he also served as CEO and president. Earlier, he was chair and CEO of Dime Bancorp, a managing partner at law firm Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler, and held various positions in state and federal government, including service as counsel for Nelson Rockefeller and as a senior White House aide under President Gerald Ford. Parsons’ civic and nonprofit commitments include board service for the Mayor’s Commission on Economic Opportunity in New York, the Partnership for New York City, the Apollo Theatre Foundation, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and Teach for America. He will serve the foundation as chair-elect until June 2016, when the term of the foundation’s current board chair, DAVID ROCKEFELLER, JR. concludes. Rockefeller joined the foundation’s board in 2006 and began serving as chair in December 2010. “It has been an enormous honor to serve as board chair of the philanthropy established by my great-grandfather in 1913,” Rockefeller noted. “It gives me great pleasure that my successor will be Dick Parsons, a good friend of mine. Dick has led an inspiring career in both business and public service and has been an invaluable member of the board since 2007. I am certain that under Dick and Judith’s leadership the foundation will continue to go from strength to strength.”
The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation has named DAVID EGNER as president and CEO, the Detroit Free Press reports. Egner, president and CEO of the Hudson-Webber Foundation since 1997, also has led the multi-funder New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan since 2009. His two-decade-long philanthropic sector career began at the W.K.Kellogg Foundation, where he was executive assistant to the chair, and later led to top executive roles at a variety of institutions, including the Michigan Nonprofit Association and Junior Achievement. He currently serves on the boards of several community organizations, including the Downtown Detroit Partnership, the Council of Michigan Foundations, and Michigan Future.
The Prince Charitable Trusts has announced the appointment of CAROLYNN BRUNETTE as managing director of its Washington, D.C., office and co-director of its Rhode Island program. Brunette recently returned from four years of capacity-building work in Africa, where she served as a Peace Corps volunteer and a consultant to community health organizations. Earlier, she was vice president of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers and a program officer at the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation. She will succeed KRISTIN PAULY, who is retiring after seventeen years at the trusts.
Clinton Foundation president DONNA SHALALA has announced the selection of KEVIN THURM as the organization’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, the Chronicle of Philanthropy reports. In that role, Thurm will focus on the foundation’s global strategy, day-to-day operations, and administrative units and will report directly to Shalala. Thurm was Shalala’s chief of staff when she was Secretary of the U.S.Department Health and Human Services in the Clinton administration and later worked as an executive for Citigroup before returning to HHS as a senior counselor to the Obama administration.
The Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation has announced the appointment of PETER PENNOYER as board president. Pennoyer, who has served on the foundation’s board since 2002, is a practicing architect, a principal at Peter Pennoyer Architects, and an architectural historian. He also teaches a course on the evolution of New York City at New York University. He will succeed ANTONIA GRUMBACH, who is leaving the foundation to chair the Wildlife Conservation Society.
In related news, the Wildlife Conservation Society has announced the appointment of ANTONIA GRUMBACH as board chair, the first woman to serve in that role. Grumbach, who has served on the organization’s board since 2008, is of counsel to the firm of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler, LLP, where she was a partner and head of its tax-exempt practice. Grumbach currently serves on the boards of PILnet and the Partnership for Children’s Rights and will succeed WARD W. WOODS, who has chaired the WCS board since 2007.
EPIP has announced the appointment of TAMIR NOVOTNY as executive director. Currently a senior associate for public sector innovation at funder collaborative Living Cities, where he has worked for nine years in a variety of positions, Novotny has been an active member of EPIP for the past two years, serving on its steering committee and as a regional coordinator for its Northeast chapters, among other contributions. The organization also announced that interim executive director EMILY KELLER will remain on staff as senior advisor to Novotny to ensure a smooth transition.
Commonfund has announced the appointment of MARK ANSON as chief investment officer, in which position he will also serve on the organization’s operating committee and chair its investment policy and asset allocation committees. Anson, currently CIO for the Robert Bass Family Office, previously served in the same role for the California Public Employees Retirement System (Calpers) and the British Telecom Pension Scheme. Previously, he was president of Nuveen Investments.
In other news, Independent Sector has announced the election of a new slate of officers, including NEIL NICOLL as chair, STEVEN McCORMICK as vice chair, SANDRA VARGAS as secretary, JIM GIBBONS as treasurer, and JEFF BRADACH as at-large executive committee member. Nicoll is president emeritus of YMCA of the USA. McCormick is CEO of the Earth Genome Project. Vargas is president and CEO of the Minneapolis Foundation. Gibbons is president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. And Bradach is managing partner and co-founder of the Bridgespan Group. Independent Sector also announced the election of four new directors: KATHY CALVIN, president and CEO of the United Nations Foundation; ANTONY CHIANG, president of the Empire Health Foundation; TERRY MAZANY, president and CEO of the Chicago Community Trust, and HENRY TIMMS, executive director of the 92nd Street Y.