People in the News (11/08/15): Appointments and Promotions

People in the News (11/08/15): Appointments and Promotions

The Kresge Foundation has announced the appointment of CHERA REID as director of strategic learning, research, and evaluation, a newly created role. Reid joined Kresge in 2013 and most recently served as a program officer in its Education Program. Previously, she worked in program development at MDRC, held leadership positions at New York Needs You and the Phillips Academy Institute for Recruitment of Teachers, and taught at LaGuardia Community College and New York University. In her new role, Reid "will help our program teams draw lessons from their investments in the inspiring work of our grantees, be more systematic about circulating those lessons within and beyond the organization, and place those learnings in service of a continual assessment of the foundation’s effectiveness," said Kresge Foundation president Rip Rapson.

The Helmsley Charitable Trust has announced the selection of STEPHANIE CUSKLEY as chief executive officer. Cuskley, most recently CEO of tech-focused nonprofit NPower, began her career as an investment banker with Drexel Burnham Lambert and then served as an executive vice president with Integrated Resources. Subsequently, she joined JPMorgan Chase, where she worked in high yield investment banking and developed a corporation-wide culture change and leadership effort. Cuskley also has served on the NYC Commission on Women's Issues and the United Way of NY Resources Committee, and currently sits on the board of the Aegion Corporation. She will replace JOHN ETTINGER, the organization’s first CEO, who has served in that role since 2012.

The Grameen Foundation has announced the appointment of STEVEN L. HOLLINGSWORTH as president and CEO, effective February 2016. Hollingsworth, a leader in the field of poverty eradication, is currently CEO of Freedom From Hunger. Earlier, he was chief operating officer of CARE, where he worked for over two decades as a field worker and country director in India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh, as well as in other positions in Latin America and Africa. Hollingsworth will succeed ALEX COUNTS, founder and CEO of the Grameen Foundation for its first eighteen years. Counts will continue to serve on the foundation's board until January. The foundation also noted that DAVID EDELSTEIN has served with great distinction as interim CEO since late May 2015, when Counts stepped down. 

The Barnes Foundation has announced the appointment of SYLVIE PATRY as deputy director for collections and exhibitions and Gund Family chief curator, beginning in January. An expert in Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, Patry has more than fifteen years of experience at some of France's top cultural institutions, including the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, where she served most recently as chief curator of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings. "Sylvie's vast experience with world-class museum collections and organizing exhibitions around the world, combined with her impressive academic and curatorial record, make her perfectly suited to lead the Barnes curatorial efforts," said Thom Collins, the foundation's president and executive director. "I look forward to working closely with Sylvie as the Barnes continues to evolve and expand our exhibitions programs, collection research initiatives, and educational mission."

The Dyson Foundation has announced the appointment of JENNIFER KILLIAN as a program officer responsible for many aspects of the foundation's grantmaking in the mid-Hudson Valley, in particular its Management Assistance Program. Killian, currently vice president of programs at the Community Foundation of the Hudson Valley, earlier served as Hudson Valley regional manager for the New York Council of Nonprofits.

The Novak Djokovic Foundation has announced the appointment of ALBERTO LIDJI as CEO. Lidji, former director of development at the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Foundation, previously served as head of development and alumni relations at Trinity College, Cambridge, and founded impact philanthropy advisory firm Maximum Philanthropic Benefit. Earlier, he worked in the private sector, where he specialized in emerging and frontier markets.

 The California Wellness Foundation has announced the appointments of XÓCHITL CASTAÑEDA, ARNOLD X. C. PERKINS, and PAMELA SIMMS-MACKEY to its board. Castañeda is director of the Health Initiative of the Americas in the University of California, Berkeley's School of Public Health a co-associate director of the University of California Global Health Institute's Center of Expertise on Migration and Health, and co-director of University of California, Davis' Migration and Health Research Center. Perkins, currently a consultant and speaker, earlier served as director of the Alameda County Public Health Department. Simms-Mackey is an attending physician and associate director of graduate medical education at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland and an assistant clinical professor at the UCSF School of Medicine.

The Nonprofit Finance Fund has announced the appointments of KATHY OLSEN as vice president of underwriting and financial services, KATE CRISALLI as business development manager of advisory services, and JACLYN KELLY as associate director of impact measurement, knowledge, and impact. Olsen previously served as director of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation's educational facilities financing center. Crisalli previously was a senior associate at nonprofit consulting firm Thurlow/Associates and held related positions related to public-private partnerships with the National Park Service, JPMorgan Chase, and CECP. Kelly previously ran her own nonprofit consulting firm, J.U.M.P. Evaluation, and held research and evaluation positions at the World Health Organization, PENCIL, Inwood House, and Columbia University. 

The Philanthropy Workshop has announced the appointment of TRACY MACK PARKER as CEO. Mack Parker previously served the organization as executive vice president and managed its New York office as well as the global TPW Intensive Program. An attorney by training, she worked previously as managing director of the Institute for Philanthropy and was a senior officer at the Pew Charitable Trusts. "Tracy's leadership and inspiration has helped guide TPW to a position as the world's leader in donor education,” said TPW chair Katherine Lorenz. "She is an experienced, thoughtful, and proven leader, and, as CEO, will continue to grow TPW's reach and inspire our global network of philanthropists to create a more just, sustainable, and enriching world."

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts has announced the appointments of DAVID BOHNETT as chair and RACHEL FINE as managing director, the Los Angeles Times reports. Bohnett, a tech entrepreneur and prominent arts philanthropist in Los Angeles, has served on the center's board since its early days. His arts management experience includes service as chair of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and on the boards of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Bohnett will succeed JERRY MAGNIN, who has chaired the center's board for nearly three years. Fine, former executive director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, had been consulting at the Wallis through her position at the DeVos Institute of Arts Management. She will succeed TANIA CAMARGO, who is leaving to join a documentary company.

In other news, PND notes the passing of ROBERT M. SMUCKER at the age of 86. Smucker, founder of the Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest, began working with nonprofits in 1957 and was a lobbyist for charities at the local, state, and national levels for more than forty years. In addition, he served as vice president for government relations at Independent Sector and as director of public policy at the National Mental Health Association. "The nonprofit sector and our country owe Bob Smucker a tremendous debt of gratitude," said Tim Delaney, president and CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits. "He believed in the wisdom of the American people and the power of giving voice to that wisdom through advocacy.” 

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