People in the News (11/17/2019): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (11/17/2019): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

Houston-based Arnold Ventures has announced PATRICK MURPHY as its new vice president of public finance. Murphy most recently served as policy director of fiscal and governance reform and was a senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California. His previous roles include a stint as PPIC's director of research and positions at RAND and the Office of Management and Budget in Washington, D.C.

The board of the James Irvine Foundation has announced the election of KAFI D. BLUMENFIELD as board chair, effective January 1, 2020. Blumenfield, who joined the foundation's board in 2015, previously served as executive director of Discovery Cube Los Angeles, as CEO of the Liberty Hill Foundation, and on the boards of the Association of Black Executives and Southern California Grantmakers. She currently serves on the governing council of the Los Angeles County Women and Girls Initiative and the boards of Tides and the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands.

The board of directors of the National Employment Law Project (NELP) has announced REBECCA DIXON as the organization's next executive director, effective January 2, 2020. Since joining NELP in 2010, Dixon has served in several positions, including policy analyst, senior staff attorney, deputy program director, and chief of programs, the position she currently holds. Before joining NELP, Dixon worked in Mississippi as senior policy analyst at the then-newly formed Mississippi Economic Policy Center (MEPC), where she advocated for the economic advancement of families with low incomes through policy improvements in adult education, workforce training, access to postsecondary education, childcare funding, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and unemployment insurance. She began her career in nonprofit public service prior to law school at the Salvation Army’s regional headquarters in Jackson, Mississippi.

The Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood Initiative has announced TIFFANY SCOTT KNOX as its next director. For the past three and a half years, Knox has led the United Way of the Twin Cities' work on economic opportunity as a program officer and as community engagement program manager. Prior to the United Way, she worked in positions at the Science Museum of Minnesota, HealthPartners, LifeSource, and American Family Insurance.

Tipping Point Community, a nonprofit that fights poverty in the Bay Area, has announced that its founder and current CEO, DANIEL LURIE, will be stepping down from his role at the end of the year and will be replaced as CEO by SAM COBB, Turning Point’s current president, on January 6, 2020. Prior to joining Tipping Point in 2018 as chief program officer, Cobb served as CEO of First Place for Youth, a Tipping Point grantee, for over a decade. Under his leadership, First Place grew from an Oakland-based grassroots organization into one of the largest providers of housing and services for former foster youth in the country. Lurie will continue to chair the organization's board after he steps down.

The George Gund Foundation in Cleveland has announced that GEOFFREY GUND is stepping down as president of the foundation's board and will be replaced in that role by CATHERINE GUND, a New York filmmaker and member of the foundation’s board since 1998; she is also Geoffrey Gund's niece and the granddaughter of George Gund II. Geoffrey Gund spent forty-three years on the board, during which time its annual grantmaking grew from $3.5 million to $25 million a year and its staff grew from two to twelve. "It has been a special joy to be involved with the George Gund Foundation," said Gund in in a statement. "Our localized funding, our collaborative work with other foundations, and our ability to leverage our knowledge of the community and the organizations within it, allows us to have a depth of impact that would not exist without concentrated grantmaking within a geographical area."

And PND notes the passing of MARION KAPLAN, who over the course of her career served on and chaired the board of the New York Women's Foundation, chaired the organization's programs committee, and also was a leader of many of its advisory councils. On a page of tributes to Kaplan on the NYWF, Madeline Lamour Holder, who served on the organization’s programs committee with Kaplan, wrote: "I was a community organizer and she was my mentor. She knew so much about policy advocacy, community organizing and why it was important to learn from the communities served by the foundation’s mission....Marion was the gardener of all our hearts. She planted some good seeds in me — in many board alumnae. She taught us how crucial it was to effect systemic change and who should be leading that change. To her, it was to imperative to include the voice of NYC communities — especially our grantee partners in our work. This is one of the reasons why the foundation blossomed. One never left Marion's presence without feeling heard because Marion would remind you that you are important and loved — every time you speak to her. Her gardener's heart was quick to fight against the weeds —injustices — in our society. This is why we continued to grow. We all need a Marion Kaplan in our lives. I am so grateful for the time spent together with her. Thanks to her, many of us blossomed. Rest in peace, Marion."

"Long Slog of ‘Nerd-Dom’ Brought New Leader of Public Finance to Arnold Ventures." Arnold Ventures Announcement 11/12/2019. "Kafi D. Blumenfield Appointed Chair of the Irvine Foundation Board." James Irvine Foundation Announcement 11/12/2019. "Crowning Its 50th Year, NELP Announces Next Executive Director." National Employment Law Project News Release 11/12/2019. "Tiffany Scott Knox Named Director of Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood." Amherst H. Wilder Foundation Announcement 11/13/2019. "Tipping Point Community Announces Leadership Transition." Tipping Point Community Blog Post 11/15/2019. Mary Kilpatrick. "Geoffrey Gund to Retire as Gund Foundation President, Catherine Gund to Take Over." 11/13/2019. "The New York Women’s Foundation Mourns the Loss of Marion Kaplan." New York Women’s Foundation News Release 11/11/2019.