People in the News (11/10/2019): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (11/10/2019): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan, has announced the selection of SARIDA SCOTT as a program officer and leader of its Detroit team, effective December 2. In that role, Scott will be responsible for providing leadership and oversight of the foundation’s investments in Detroit, with a focus on ensuring that children have opportunities to thrive in their families and communities. Previously, Scott served as executive director of Community Development Advocates of Detroit (CDAD), where she led the advancement of the organization’s policy and strategic positions, managed fundraising, and oversaw day-to-day operations.  During her tenure, CDAD increased its membership by more than 50 percent, developed a neighborhood project garnering over $250,000 in community mini-grants, developed Detroit’s first online interactive community map, and raised more than $1 million for 2019 organization operations. She currently serves on the Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program Advisory Council, the Knight Foundation Advisory Council, the Wayne Metro Community Action Agency Board, and the Michigan League for Public Policy Board.

ALESHA WASHINGTON, vice president of government advocacy at the Greater Cleveland Partnership for the past three years, will join the George Gund Foundation in January as senior program officer for economic development and community revitalization. In that role, Washington will guide the foundation’s efforts to build vibrant neighborhoods in Cleveland and a strong economy in Northeast Ohio. She also will be rejoining the foundation where she served from 2007 to 2009 as a Gund Foundation Fellow. Since then, Washington has led government and community relations efforts in roles of increasing responsibility at the Centers for Families and Children, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, and GCP. 

The Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund has announced that DEREK TYNES has joined the foundation as its new director of talent and culture. In that role, Tynes will oversee efforts to ensure that the fund’s organizational culture and human resources systems are aligned with its values and strategic vision.
Prior to joining the fund, Tynes served as chief human resources officer with the GLIDE Foundation, which focuses on advancing social justice and social services for San Francisco’s underserved populations. He also has not-for-profit experience working as the chief human resources officer for Addison Avenue Federal Credit Union, now known as First Tech FCU, and as the director of human resources for the Tides Center, the nation’s leading fiscal sponsor.

The Denver-based Bonfils-Stanton Foundation has announced the appointment of KENT A. RICE as trustee and the departure from the board of JOHN E. REPINE, who recently stepped down after seventeen years of service. A Denver native, Rice has more than thirty years of experience as an executive in domestic and international arenas, most recently serving for eight years as executive director of Denver Arts & Venues. Earlier, he served as CEO of two companies owned by Liberty Media, Starz Animation and International Channel Networks, and was chief operating officer of a Norwegian media company and a division president for Time Warner Cable. He was awarded the Chevalier de Arts et Lettres for service to the French government and represented the U.S. State Department as a board chair of the Open Broadcast Network in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The Natural Resources Defense Council, which is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary, has chosen GINA McCARTHY, former head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under President Barack Obama, as its next president and chief executive officer, effective January 6.  In over three decades of public service and environmental advocacy, McCarthy advised six governors, one Democrat and five Republicans, and led the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation before serving under President Obama as the thirteenth administrator of the agency from 2013 to 2017. She currently is professor of the practice of public health and will assume the role of chair of the board of advisors at the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She also serves on the boards of the Energy Foundation and Ceres.

Birch Family Services, a leading provider of education and community support services for people with autism and developmental disabilities in New York City, has announced the appointment of JUSTIN BACHMAN, SAMEER GADRE, and NICHOLAS X. JEREZ to its board of directors. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Bachman works in the Corporate Strategy group at Capital One and currently serves on BFS’ Audit and Finance Committee. Gadre is an executive director at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., where he heads up the bank’s Corporate and Investment Bank Strategy (CIB) for the Americas unit, and currently serves on BFS’ Audit and Finance Committee. And Jerez is  operations manager for U3 Advisors, a nationally recognized consulting practice that provides real estate and economic development solutions to mission-driven organizations. A member of the Society for Marketing Professional Services, Jerez currently serves on BFS' Properties Committee.

In other news, the NoVo Foundation in New York City has announced that PAMELA SHIFMAN, who has worked for the foundation for twelve years and has served as its executive director since 2014, has decided to step down at the end of the year. As executive director, Shifman co-created Move to End Violence, a ten-year, $80 million dollar initiative to strengthen the movement to end violence against girls and women in the United States; launched a $90 million commitment to support girls of color across the U.S.; led new investments in the leadership of Indigenous women and women of color, including the leadership of women impacted by incarceration; deepened the foundation's grantmaking across the Global South by forging powerful partnerships with re-granters and intermediaries deeply rooted in local communities; and led the creation of the Radical Hope Fund to accelerate the most promising efforts to respond to rising authoritarianism. She also led efforts to create the Just Beginnings Collaborative, which is focused on ending child sexual abuse, and the Collaborative Fund for Women's Safety and Dignity, which works to mobilize philanthropic partners to maintain the momentum of the #MeToo movement. Following Shifman's departure, the NoVo leadership team will work directly with co-presidents Jennifer and Peter Buffett to provide continued oversight of the foundation's grantmaking and operations.

And PND notes the passing of RONALD M. AUEN, who led the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation in Palm Desert, California, for more than thirty years. Auen enlisted in the United States Army as a young man, considered himself a graduate of the "School of Hard Knocks," and took every opportunity to learn various skills along the way. His colleagues at the foundation and those who worked with him will remember him for his entrepreneurial spirit and gumption and for the positive impact he had on thousands of people over his life, especially during his tenure with the foundation. He is survived by his wife, Sherrie, and a number of children.

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