After a nation-wide search, the Minneapolis-based McKnight Foundation has announced KARA INAE CARLISLE as its next vice president of programs, effective January 9, 2017. In that role, Carlisle, currently director of New Mexico programs at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, will work closely with foundation president Kate Wolford, senior staff, and the board to advance the organization's mission of improving the quality of life for present and future generations. Before joining Kellogg eight years ago, Carlisle served as associate director at Zócalo Public Square and was a development consultant. Prior to that, she designed, organized, and implemented inter-group dialogues and mediation at the Korean American Coalition-Los Angeles and served as the organization's youth programs lead. She is, in addition, a past chair of the Empowerment Congress serving the County of Los Angeles and a former board member of the National Association for Community Mediation in Washington, D.C.
The Clooney Foundation for Justice has announced DAVID PRESSMAN, U.S. deputy ambassador to the United Nations, as its first executive director. As director of the foundation, which was established by actor George Clooney, his wife, Amal, and a partner at the law firm of Boies, Schiller & Flexner, Pressman will focus "on serving individuals who are being persecuted and individuals who are, by virtue of their circumstance, being denied the opportunity to access basic things like an education." Pressman, a deputy to U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power, previously served as assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security, on the National Security Council, and on President Barack Obama's Atrocity Prevention Board.
The board of the Crozer-Keystone Community Foundation, a new foundation dedicated to the health, education and social needs of the people of Delaware County, Pennsylvania, has announced FRANCES M. SHEEHAN as the organization's first president and chief executive officer, effective January 2, 2017. Sheehan, a longtime resident of Delaware County, comes to the new foundation from the Brandywine Health Foundation, where as its founding executive leader she led the organization's efforts to assist some of Pennsylvania's poorest communities. Earlier, Sheehan served as president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Chester County, where she guided the operation of four health centers and its community education and public policy programs while significantly enlarging the organization’s donor and volunteer base.
Philanthropy Southwest, an association of foundations in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas, has announced a new slate of board members and officers. AMY M. MEADOWS, Parks for Downtown Dallas, will begin serving a two-year term as president, while JENNIFER GRASSHAM, vice president of grants at the J.F. Maddox Foundation in Hobbs, New Mexico, and CHRISTOPHER SHAW, executive vice president of the Dallas-based George & Fay Young Foundation, will continue as treasurer and secretary. Newly named to the organization’s board are NANCY ANTHONY, Oklahoma City Community Foundation; SUSAN PEPIN, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust in Phoenix, Arizona; and MATTHEW CARPENTER (serving his second two-year term), El Pomar Foundation in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The organization also announced that TIM SCHULTZ, president and executive director of the Denver-based Boettcher Foundation, will serve as immediate past president.
NEO Philanthropy, a New York City-based public charity that works to increase funding for cutting-edge strategies that advance social change, has announced GRATIENNE BASKIN, as the new director of the NEO Anti-Trafficking Fund. In that role, Baskin, a Fulbright Scholar with extensive senior-level work in fighting for the rights of sex workers and survivors of trafficking, will oversee the fund's strategic grantmaking to organizations working at the intersection of trafficking, migration, labor rights, LGBTQ rights, economic/social justice, and human rights against human trafficking in the United States. Baskin previously served as managing director of the Urban Justice Center's Sex Workers Project and worked on reproductive health and criminal justice issues at the Philadelphia Women's Center. As a Fulbright Scholar, she also has conducted research on New Zealand's decriminalization of prostitution.
In other news, the board of directors of the Four Freedoms Park Conservancy in New York City has named HOWARD AXEL as its new president and CEO. Axel, who comes to the conservancy from Grameen America, where he was senior vice president, will succeed SALLY MINARD, who was instrumental in the creation of Four Freedoms Park, the first memorial dedicated to the legacy of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in his home state of New York. "It has been a true privilege to be part of a team that realized Ambassador [William J.] vanden Heuvel's forty-year vision for a memorial to President Roosevelt," said Minard, who led a recently concluded strategic planning process for the park and will become vice chair of the conservancy's board. "The past decade has been challenging, exhilarating, and enormously satisfying."