People in the News (11/09/14): Appointments and Promotions

People in the News (11/09/14): Appointments and Promotions

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has announced the selection of four vice presidents and two directors. On September 1, HULIAN KRENN joined the foundation as director of evaluation. On November 1, the foundation announced DIANNA LANGENBURG as vice president for talent and human resources, CINDY SMITH as vice president for integrated services, and ALANDRA WASHINGTON as vice president for quality and organizational effectiveness. Effective December 1, CARMEN HEREDIA-LOPEZ will become director of investments, reporting to Joel Wittenberg, the foundation's vice president and chief investment officer. In addition, JOE SCANTLEBURY has been named vice president of program strategy for place-based work, effective January 5, 2015. Krenn joined the foundation in 2002 as an evaluation manager and before that served in leadership positions at child welfare agency Starr Commonwealth and as an adjunct faculty member at Western Michigan University. Langenburg, who has worked for the Kellogg Foundation since 1993, was most recently its director of human resources and organizational services. Smith has worked at the foundation since 1993, most recently as its director of program services. Washington, who joined the foundation in 2002, most recently was its director of quality and organizational effectiveness. Heredia-Lopez is currently chief investment officer at the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund. Scantlebury is currently a senior program officer in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's U.S. Program Advocacy area and served earlier as a staff attorney at the Youth Law Center in Washington, D.C. 

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has announced the appointment of ELI SUGARMAN as program officer for its Cyber Initiative. Most recently  a senior director of international consulting firm Gryphon Partners, Sugarman has had experience in both the private and public sectors, with a focus on technology, cybersecurity, government surveillance, data privacy, and Internet governance. Earlier in his career, he was a foreign affairs officer for the U.S. Department of State, and in 2007 he co-founded the Afghanistan Legal Education Project to promote the rule of law in that country.

The James H. Cummings Foundation has announced MARY JO HUNT as its new executive director, Buffalo Business First reports. Currently interim director of career development at her family's company, Hunt Real Estate Corp, Hunt has served as vice president of the Association of Junior Leagues International and in executive roles at Leadership Buffalo and the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County. She is, in addition, president of the board of the Western New York Grantmakers Association via her involvement on the board of the Hunt Charitable Foundation and an emeritus board member of the WNY Women's Foundation. At the Cummings Foundation, she will replace BRIGID DOHERTY, who served in the post for three years before leaving this summer to assume leadership of the Cullen Foundation in Buffalo.

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced the appointment of JOHANNES HUNGER as head of strategic information. Hunger, an expert on strategic and policy planning in global health, joined the fund in 2007 as a senior strategy and policy officer and has since played an important role in the development of its funding model. He also has managed strategic initiatives designed to increase the impact of the fund's financing and has served as senior point person for a variety of Global Fund partners, including the European Commission, GAVI, and the International Health Partnership IHP+. Earlier, he worked for the Boston Consulting Group, where he led an international project team at the UN World Food Programme and managed a number of international projects, with a focus on development and implementation of growth and investment strategies.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has announced the appointment of KELLI PARMLEY as vice president of administration, a new position that combines the responsibilities of the former chief of operations and administrative tasks of the organization's senior vice president. Parmley, most recently assistant vice provost for institutional effectiveness for the Bridging RVA program at Virginia Commonwealth University, has worked in policy and administrative roles at a number of organizations in the field of higher education.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has announced the promotion of CINDY COHN, its legal director, to the position of executive director, effective next April. Cohn, who has worked for the organization for more than twenty years, became its legal director in 2000. She will replaces SHARI STEELE, who is stepping down after working at the organization for twenty years and leading it for fourteen years. The organization also announced a related reorganization of its staff: intellectual property director CORYNNE McSHERRY will take over as legal director, senior staff attorney DAVID GREENE will become civil liberties director, and deputy general counsel KURT OPSAHL will move up to the position of general counsel, a post formerly held by Cohn, and also will serve as the organization's deputy executive director.

The CDC Foundation has announced the appointment of retired NBA star DIKEMBE MUTOMBO to its board. Mutombo is currently chair and president of the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, which he established seventeen years ago to improve health, education, and quality of life in the Democratic Republic of Congo, his homeland. A graduate of Georgetown University, Mutombo played professional basketball for six teams over eighteen years before retiring from the Houston Rockets in 2009. Since his retirement, he has devoted much of his time to charitable organizations, including the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Basketball Without Borders/Africa, and CARE. He also serves on the boards of the National Constitution Center, Opportunity International, Special Olympics International, and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

In other news, the National Center for Policy Analysis has named ALLEN B. WEST as CEO. West, a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army and former congressman (R-FL), will replace DENNIS McCUISTION, who has served as interim CEO and president since June. Commenting on his goals for the organization, West said, "We want to align ourselves with the fundamental principle of governance of America as a Constitutional Republic and promote the principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, individual sovereignty and free market economy. We should focus not on party but rather effective and efficient governing policy."

"Four Vice Presidents and Two Directors Announced." W.K. Kellogg Foundation Press Release 11/06/2014. "Eli Sugarman to Join Hewlett Foundation as Program Officer for the Cyber Initiative." William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Press Release 11/05/2014. "Hunt Takes on Leadership Role at James H. Cummings Foundation." Buffalo Business First 11/06/2014. "Johannes Hunger Appointed as Head of Strategic Information." Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Press Release 10/31/2014. "Carnegie Names Kelli Parmley Vice President of Administration." Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching 11/07/2014. "Cindy Cohn to Become EFF's New Executive Director in 2015." Electronic Frontier Foundation Press Release 11/05/2014. "NBA Legend and Philanthropist Dikembe Mutombo Joins CDC Foundation Board." CDC Foundation Press Release 11/05/2014. "Allen B. West Named CEO of National Center for Policy Analysis." National Center for Policy Analysis Press Release 11/07/2014.