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

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

WILLIAM S. WHITE, chief executive officer and chair of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation in Flint, Michigan, has announced that, after nearly five decades at the foundation, he is stepping back from day-to-day operations and has officially retired as the foundation’s CEO. He will be replaced in that role by his son, RIDGWAY WHITE, a great-grandson of the foundation’s founder, C.S. Mott. The younger White began his career at Mott as an intern in 2002, was hired as a program assistant two years later, and served as the foundation’s vice president for special projects and chair of its management working group from 2011 until he was named president in January 2015. Bill White will continue to chair, without compensation, the foundation’s board of trustees.

The Meyer Memorial Trust in Portland, Oregon, has announced KABERI BANERJEE MURTHY as its new director of program strategy. In her new role, Murthy, who most recently served as vice president of programs at the Brooklyn Community Foundation in New York, will be responsible for fostering organization-wide collaboration while developing and implementing programmatic strategies that reinforce Meyer’s four portfolios and leverage underlying intersections among them. At BCF, Murthy led the strategy and implementation of its grantmaking, programs, and advocacy. Prior to that, she served as program director at Crown Family Philanthropies in Chicago, as senior program officer for education at the Picower Foundation in New York, as a philanthropic advisor at Hemenway and Barnes in Boston, and as a program officer at the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation in Chicago.

The Los Angeles-based Kavli Foundation has announced the appointment of KEVIN MOSES as vice president of science programs. In that role, Moses will oversee the foundation's flagship programs in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience, neuroscience, and theoretical physics, including twenty Kavli Institutes around the world, the Kavli science meetings program and summer schools, and the foundation’s partnerships with national science agencies, scientific societies, and other philanthropies. Building on the foundation's history with the U.S. BRAIN Initiative and other funding initiatives, he will also be responsible for developing and implementing fundamental science and technology projects that are consistent with the foundation's mission to support scientists and their work. A developmental biologist, Moses currently serves as science officer at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and previously served in leadership positions at the Wellcome Trust and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.  

The trustees of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, New Jersey, have announced the election of PRABHJOT SINGH, MD, PhD; RUTH SHIM, MD, MPH; and W. LOUISE MEHROTA, CPA, CMA to its board, effective January 30, 2019. Singh is director of the Arnhold Institute for Global Health and chair of the Department of Health System Design and Global Health at the Mount Sinai Health System, a special advisor for strategy and design at the Peterson Center on Healthcare, and the author of Dying and Living in the Neighborhood: A Street-Level View of America’s Healthcare Promise (2016). He previously served as professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University and as co-chair of the One Million Community Health Workers Campaign. Shim is the Luke and Grace Kim Professor in Cultural Psychiatry and director of cultural psychiatry at University of California, Davis. Prior to those appointments, she served as vice chair of education and faculty development and chief of outpatient psychiatric services at Lenox Hill Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, Northwell Health and, from 2008 to 2014, held several positions at the Morehouse School of Medicine, including associate professor of clinical psychiatry and medical director of the Grady Hospital Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Intake Clinic. Before retiring in 2017, Mehrotra spent thirty-seven years at Johnson & Johnson in the areas of finance and compliance. In 2001, she was appointed vice president of finance, chief financial officer, and a member of the management board at Janssen Pharmaceutica Products, LP; she also served as the chief compliance officer for Janssen. From 2005 until her retirement, she served as vice president of investor relations for Johnson & Johnson, overseeing all communications with the investment community.

The Russell Sage Foundation in New York City has announced the appointment of CATHY J. COHEN and JASON FURMAN to its board of trustees. Cohen is the David and Mary Winton Green Professor at the University of Chicago, a contributor to the RSF publication Social Capital and Poor Communities (2005), and the author of Democracy Remixed: Black Youth and the Future of American Politics (2012) and The Boundaries of Blackness: AIDS and the Breakdown of Black Politics (1999). A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the recipient of numerous awards, Cohen has served as chair of the Department of Political Science, director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, and deputy provost for Graduate Education at the University of Chicago. Furman is professor of the practice of economic policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and a non-resident senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. He is a former economic adviser to President Barack Obama and served as twenty-eighth chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers. Furman also has served as a director of the Hamilton Project, as a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and in visiting positions at various universities, including New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Policy. 

Independent Sector has announced the election of JANINE LEE, president and CEO of the Southeastern Council of Foundations, the nation's largest regional association of grantmakers, and JIM CLARK, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Club of America, which serves nearly four million young people in all fifty states, to three-year terms on its board of directors. IS also announced the re-election to the board of ANTONY CHIANG, president, Empire Health Foundation; TERRY MAZANY, senior vice president for philanthropy, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta; and HENRY TIMMS, executive director, 92nd Street Y, and thanked retiring board member KATHY CALVIN, president and CEO of the United Nations Foundation, for her service to the organization.

In other news, MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN has announced that, after forty-five years as president of the Children's Defense Fund, she is stepping away from her day-to-day responsibilities at the organization and will transition into a new role as president emerita in the Office of the Founder. CDF evolved from the Washington Research Project, a public interest law firm that Wright Edelman began in 1968 to prepare for and coordinate the policy positions of the Poor People's Campaign, and today works to ensure that every child has "a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage into adulthood." "Over the last half-century, no one has done more to help the most vulnerable children in America than Marian Wright Edelman," said Bryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and CDF board member. "After meeting starving children in the Mississippi Delta in the 1960s, she became the most passionate, strategic and effective advocate for helping poor children and their families in the nation. Her leadership and tenure at the Children's Defense Fund has created rights and services that have aided millions of families. We owe her an enormous debt."

"Leadership Transition at the Mott Foundation." Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Email 11/13/2018. "Kaberi Banerjee Murthy Joins Meyer as New Director of Program Strategy." Meyer Memorial Trust Press Release 11/16/2018. "Dr. Kevin Moses Named Vice President of Science Programs at the Kavli Foundation." Kavli Foundation News Release 11/13/2018. "Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Elects Three New Members to Board of Trustees." Robert Wood Johnson Foundation News Release 11/13/2018. "Cathy Cohen and Jason Furman Join RSF Board of Trustees." Russell Sage Foundation News Release 11/16/2018. "Independent Sector Members Elect New Directors." Independent Sector News Release 11/14/2018. "Marian Wright Edelman Transitions From President of the Children's Defense Fund to New Role of President Emerita in the Office of the Founder." Children's Defense Fund Email 11/14/2018.