People in the News (11/20/16): Appointments and Promotions

People in the News (11/20/16): Appointments and Promotions

The board of directors of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has named MICHAEL BUCHMAN and YATIN  PATEL as co-chief investment officers. Buchman joined the foundation in 2009 and most recently served as director of investments. Prior to that, he worked in the areas of finance, real estate, and law at Broadway Partners, Citigroup Global Investment Bank, and the law firms of Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom. Patel joined the foundation in 2008 and most recently served as director of investments. Before joining the foundation, he was a senior manager in corporate development at Barclays PLC and a mergers and an acquisitions analyst at Lazard Frères & Co. 

The board also announced that it has elected MARK ROSENBERG, MD, MPP, as its newest member. Rosenberg recently retired as president and chief executive officer of the Task Force for Global Health, where he served from 2000 to 2016, and prior to that served for twenty years with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he conducted early work on smallpox eradication, enteric diseases, and HIV/AIDS; was instrumental in establishing its National Center for Injury Prevention and Control; and was named its first permanent director.

The Case Foundation in Washington, D.C., has announced veteran public affairs executive SAM HEITNER as its new senior vice president of communications and marketing. Heitner has more than twenty years of experience at the intersection of politics, public affairs, and advocacy and has advised a variety of entities on how to brand themselves and communicate effectively with their target audiences.

The New York City-based Surdna Foundation has announced ELLEN BRAUNE as its director of communications. Braune brings more than twenty years of communications, media production, advocacy, and strategic planning experience to the foundation, most recently as director of communications at the Opportunity Agenda, a social justice communications lab, and before that as vice president of communications at the Ms. Foundation for Women and as the first director of communications at Demos and the National Labor Committee for Worker and Human Rights. Earlier, Braune spent eleven years as an editor and producer for broadcast news programs such as "60 Minutes," "The Today Show," and "Frontline" and in the 1990s launched the New York City office of Fenton Communications and co-founded and directed New Channels Communications, a nonprofit communications firm.

Independent Sector, a national coalition comprised of more than five hundred nonprofits, foundations, and corporations, has announced the election of three new directors to its board. Elected to three-year terms at IS's annual business meeting, which was held in conjunction with the 2016 Independent Sector Conference in Washington, D.C., the new directors are FRED BLACKWELL, chief executive officer, San Francisco Foundation; SARAH KASTELIC, executive director, National Indian Child Welfare Association; and DIANE MELLEY, vice president, global citizenship initiatives, IBM corporate citizenship and corporate affairs, IBM Corporation.

The Institute for Journalism in New Media, created earlier this year by philanthropist H.F. "GERRY" LENFEST to advance the development and sustainability of quality journalism in the Philadelphia region, has announced the expansion of both its senior management team and board of managers. KEN HERTS, a former senior executive at Dow Jones and the Wall Street Journal, is joining the institute as director of media business design and will be responsible for programs devoted to the digital transformation and sustainability of heritage news organizations in Philadelphia and around the world. And BURT HERMAN, co-founder of Storify and co-founder of Hacks/Hackers, has been appointed director of innovation projects, in which role he will head the institute's work with the latest news platforms, start-ups, and both private sector and nonprofit innovation efforts. In addition, the institute named the following to its board of managers: TONY HAILE, founding CEO of Chartbeat and the founder of Scroll; SARA LOMAX-REESE, president and CEO, WURD Radio; MARTIN NISENHOLTZ, professor of the practice of digital communication, Boston University; HONG QU, former chief technology officer, Fusion; and VIJAY RAVINDRAN, founder and CEO, Floreo.

The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College has announced the appointment of ISOLDE BRIELMAIER as curator-at-large, in which role she will work with the Tang’s team to plan and implement exhibitions and artist projects, produce programs at the Tang and in New York City, advise the museum on key acquisitions, and share her expertise with Skidmore faculty, staff, and students. Brielmaier previously served as assistant professor of critical studies in the Department of Photography, Imaging, and Emerging Media at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, as chief curator at the SCAD Museum of Art, and as a developer and manager of programs at Prospect 3 New Orleans, the Bronx Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the New Museum.

In other news, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts has named DEBORA L. SPAR as its next president and chief executive officer. A distinguished academic leader and former Harvard Business School professor, Spar, 53, was elected president of Barnard College in July 2008 and is widely recognized for having stimulated substantial academic and financial growth at Barnard and establishing a renewed commitment to the arts. In her new role at Lincoln Center, Spar will steer the institution forward as it builds on its mission to bring the best of the performing arts to the broadest possible audience and embarks upon a comprehensive renovation of David Geffen Hall. “Debora's vision and experience in the arts, education, and business make her the ideal choice to lead Lincoln Center at this exciting time,” said board chair Katherine Farley. “She has been a transformative president at Barnard College, expanding their arts curriculum, successfully completing major construction projects, and galvanizing financial support.”

"Michael Buchman and Yatin Patel Named Co-Chief Investment Officers for the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation." Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Press Release 11/17/2016. "Dr. Mark Rosenberg Elected to the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Board of Directors." Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Press Release 11/15/2016. "Case Foundation Hires Veteran Public Affairs Exec, Sam Heitner, as Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing." Case Foundation Email 11/17/2016. "Surdna Names Ellen Braune as Director of Communications." Surdna Foundation News Release 11/15/2016. "Independent Sector Members Elect New Directors." Independent Sector Press Release 11/17/2016. "The Institute for Journalism in New Media Expands Board and Management with Diverse Team of Digital and Media Leaders to Support News Innovation and Growth." Institute for Journalism in New Media Press Release 11/18/2016. "Isolde Brielmaier Named Curator-at-Large for the Tang Teaching Museum." Skidmore College Press Release 11/16/2016. "Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Appoints Debora L. Spar as President and CEO" Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Email 11/16/2016. "Barnard College President Debora Spar to Step Down in March 2017." Barnard College Press Release 11/16/2016.