People in the News (11/11/18): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (11/11/18): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

PAUL S. "TRIPP" PENN III has been elected as president of the boards of trustees of the Callaway Foundation, Inc. and Fuller E. Callaway Foundation, both in LaGrange, Georgia, effective January 1, 2019. Penn, a native of Donalsonville, Georgia, will succeed H. SPEER BURDETTE III, who is retiring at the end of December. Penn most recently was employed as chief executive officer at Upson Regional Medical Center in Thomaston and, prior to that, was employed at West Georgia Health, first as director of development and then as vice president of support services. He currently serves on the board of LaGrange College, as president of the LaGrange College Leadership Council, and on the board of Leadership Georgia.

J. PHILLIP HORNE has been selected as president and chief advancement officer for the Urban Land Institute Foundation. Horne most recently served as chief development officer for the College of Arts and Sciences at George Washington University, where he developed and executed strategies for achieving the college’s programmatic and financial objectives. His previous experience includes senior leadership positions in a variety of education and research institutions; donor cultivation; planning and executing comprehensive philanthropic campaigns; and as an investment advisor and broker, with special emphasis in structured real estate and tax equity.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan has tapped Ford Motor Co. Fund executive SHAWN WILSON as its new president and CEO. Wilson, who led multicultural engagement initiatives for the carmaker's philanthropic arm for the past four years, will succeed MARY O'CONNOR, national director of major metro services at Boys & Girls Clubs of America, who has been on loan to the local affiliate as interim CEO. Prior to joining Ford, Wilson served as president and CEO of Usher's New Look in the Atlanta area, working with the Grammy-award-winning artist to develop the organizational strategy and program model for the organization. During his tenure, the nonprofit certified over 21,000 youth as global leaders and delivered 300,000 hours of curriculum-based training in five states and seven global communities, including Nairobi, London, and Shanghai.

Volunteers of America in Alexandria, Virginia, has announced the hiring of BRIAN GAVIN as senior vice president, communications and marketing and LAURA E. SILDON as senior director, corporate and foundation relations. In his new role, Gavin, formerly vice president of advancement and communications at Lutheran Social Services in New York City, will lead VoA's national communications and branding efforts. In her newly created position, Sildon, who brings more than twenty years of fundraising and communications experience to the job, will focus on securing support for the organization’s programs from new national funding partners.

The Solidaire Network, a community of individual donors and foundation partners who are committed to funding progressive social movements, has announced the appointment of RAJASVINI (VINI) BHANSALI as its new executive director. For the past eight years, Bhansali has served as executive director of Thousand Currents, which funds and connects grassroots groups working to transform communities across the Global South. Under his leadership, the organization expanded its reach, deepened its staff, and developed a range of partnerships to help advance movements for justice. It also incubated the Black Lives Matter Global Network, created a solidarity training program for next generation philanthropists, launched the Buen Vivir Fund as a model of impact investing that supports grassroots wealth and power building, and co-founded the collaborative CLIMA (Climate Leaders In Movement Action) Fund. "I am thrilled to join the Solidaire Network as executive director and excited to grow [its] work to transform philanthropy towards justice and liberation," said Bhansali. "In these times in the United States, movements for justice call on all of us to step up our support and commitment to each other."

"Local Foundations Name New President." LaGrange Daily News 11/05/2018. "J. Phillip Horne Named President and Chief Advancement Officer of the Urban Land Institute Foundation." Urban Land Institute Foundation Email 11/05/2018. Sherri Welch. "Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan Taps Ford Fund Exec as New President, CEO." Crain’s Detroit Business 10/22/2018. "Volunteers of America Hires New External Affairs Staff." Volunteers of America Email 11/06/2018. "Solidaire Network Names New Executive Director Rajasvini Bhansali to Lead Growing Network of Social Movement Donors." Solidaire Network Email 10/22/2018.