The Lilly Endowment in Indianapolis has announced ANN LAKER and TYSHA HARDY-SELLERS as program directors in its community development and education divisions. Raised in Indianapolis, Laker brings more than twenty-five years of experience with arts and cultural organizations to the endowment, including positions with Indiana Humanities, the Indianapolis Museum of Art (now known as Newfields), and Big Car Collaborative. She also has played a leading role in coordinating the Spirit & Place Festival, TEDx Indianapolis, community programs at Lugar Plaza in downtown Indianapolis, the development of the Kennedy King Memorial Initiative, and the public campaign to preserve Crown Hill Cemetery's old-growth forest. Hardy-Sellers has served since 2008 as president and CEO of Edna Martin Christian Center, an Indianapolis-based multi-service organization that provides holistic programs in education, workforce development, and health and wellness for residents in and around the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood. A native of Indianapolis, she earned a bachelor's degree in public relations and Russian studies from Bradley University and a master's degree in medical sociology from IUPUI.
The New York City-based Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has announced the election of WILLIAM H. WRIGHT II as chair of its board of trustees. Wright retired as a managing director of Morgan Stanley in 2010 after having joined the firm in 1982. In addition to serving as a trustee of the Morgan Stanley Foundation, Wright has served on the faculties of the Ray Garrett Institute of the Northwestern University School of Law and the Practising Law Institute, as senior warden of St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, and as vestryman of Trinity Church Wall Street. He also is a member of the board of Mount Sinai Health System; a member of the board of New York City Ballet, where he serves as co-chair of the New Combinations Fund; treasurer and a member of the board of Historic Hudson Valley; and chair of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation.
The Southern Coalition for Social Justice in Durham, North Carolina, has announced the appointment of ANDRA GILLESPIE, LISA JONES, and SUSAN PRICE to its board of directors. Gillespie is an associate professor of political science at Emory University and director of the James Weldon Johnson Institute there. A native of Virginia, she has authored several books on black politics, including a scholarly work on Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ). Jones, a retired corrections administrator, was one of the highest-ranking women of color in the federal corrections system, having served as warden in facilities in Connecticut, Arizona, and Georgia. And Price is vice chancellor and chief of staff for the Community College System of Alabama, where she has supervised the development of educational programs serving marginalized communities in Alabama.
The Science Philanthropy Alliance in Palo Alto, California, has announced that its current executive director, VALERIE CONN, will assume the role of president and that HARVEY V. FINEBERG, president of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, will become board chair. MARC KASTNER, who joined the alliance as its first president in 2015, is retiring from his role but will remain part of the organization as a consultant, supporting the organization's advising work. And current board chair ROBERT CONN, president and CEO of the Kavli Foundation, will complete five years as chair at the end of the year and remain on the board.
The Council on Foundations in Washington, D.C., has announced MARGARET BANDERA as its new chief operating officer. Bandera joins the Council from the National Philanthropic Trust (NPT), where she helped shepherd the organization's growth over thirteen years, serving as chief financial officer, chief operating officer, chief administrative officer, and treasurer. Prior to her work in philanthropy, Bandera served as a certified public accountant in the Philadelphia region and in Canada, where her work included financial advisement on joint ventures at ExxonMobil and budget oversight at the government of Manitoba, where she reported to the deputy minister of culture and heritage.
In other news, the Kresge Foundation has announced that DAVID FUKUZAWA will retire next year after serving the organization for twenty years. Since joining Kresge in 2000, Fukuzawa, 68, has led the foundation's Health Program. He started his career as a youth worker and community organizer in Detroit and Chicago — experiences that led him early in his tenure at the foundation to champion a $4 million "Getting-the-Lead-Out" campaign to raise national awareness of the risk for children posed by lead exposure. Subsequently, he helped establish the foundation's Special Opportunities Fund, which focused on building the capacity of high-impact organizations that reached underserved populations but were uncompetitive in the foundation's bricks-and-mortar funding strategy; forged a partnership with LISC and Morgan Stanley to create the $200 million Healthy Futures Fund (HFF); championed multidisciplinary grantmaking through initiatives such as Fresh, Local, and Equitable (FreshLo); and partnered with the foundation's Human Services Program to encourage investments that bridge the health and human services sectors. "David is one of the most audacious and expansive thinkers I have ever known, let alone had the privilege to work with," said Ariel Simon, vice president and chief program and strategy officer at the foundation. "His vision of philanthropy has married field-shaping insights — around moving health upstream and making the link between social determinants of health and economic development — with a profound moral core. That vision has produced a legacy that will continue to influence both the field of public health and the philanthropic sector for years to come."