The board of trustees of the Ruth Mott Foundation in Flint, Michigan, has announced the appointment of RAQUEL THUEME as the organization's next president. Thueme, who has nearly thirty years of experience in the nonprofit sector, has been serving as the foundation’s vice president of programs and played an integral role in gathering input from hundreds of community members in developing the foundation's north Flint focus. Her executive experience includes four years as president & CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit as well as seven years in leadership roles at Trinity Health in Novi. Prior to being hired by as the foundation's program director in 2011, Thueme spent four years living in China while her husband was on an international assignment for General Motors. She will succeed HANDY L. LINDSEY, JR., who retired as president on November 2 after four years in that role.
The NEA Foundation in Washington, D.C., has announced that SARA SNEED will succeed HARRIET SANFORD as its president and CEO on March 1, 2019. Sneed joins the organization as the former director of education investments at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, where she led the development of initiatives enabling educators, schools, and school districts to achieve critical improvements in policies and practices supporting learning and student success. Prior to joining the Hartford Foundation, Sneed served as senior program manager with the Foundation for the Mid-South, as director of maternal and child health with the Medical Foundation in Boston, as special projects manager with the Massachusetts Department of Social Services, and as director of the Southern New England Network for Black Families and Children.
The D.C.-based Brookings Institution has announced the election of GLENN HUTCHINS and SUZANNE NORA JOHNSON as co-chairs of its board of trustees, succeeding JOHN L. THORNTON, who has served in that role since 2003. Hutchins is a co-founder of Silver Lake, chair of North Island, a director at AT&T and Virtu Financial, a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, vice chair of the Economic Club of New York, and a board member of the Obama Foundation and a member of the executive committee of New York Presbyterian Hospital. Johnson is a former vice chair of the Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. and currently serves on the boards of American International Group, Intuit Inc., Pfizer Inc., and Visa. She also serves as co-chair of the board of the Carnegie Institution for Science and on the boards of the Broad Foundation, the Markle Foundation, and the University of Southern California. Thornton is executive chair of Barrick Gold Corp. and a professor and director of the Global Leadership Program at the Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management in Beijing. He retired in 2003 as president and a member of the board of the Goldman Sachs Group.
The board of trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Arts in New York City has announced the election of CHARLES M. DIKER, MING CHU HSU, and EDWARD "TED" PICK to the board. Diker is the founder and chair of the board of Cantel Medical Corporation, a leading provider of innovative infection-control products and services, and chair of Diker Management LLC, a registered investment management company that focuses primarily on the information technology sector Chu Hsu is the principal owner of several multinational firms, including real estate investment companies Reformosa group in Europe and Richmond Grant international Ltd. In Asia. Pick heads the institutional securities group at Morgan Stanley, where he has spent his entire working career and currently oversees its investment banking and trading businesses. Previously, as head of sales and trading, he led Morgan Stanley’s equities business and was involved in the iconic IPOs of Google, Blackstone, broadcast.com, and China Construction Bank.
ImpactAssets, a nonprofit financial services firm in Bethesda, Maryland, that works to increase the flow of capital into investments that deliver financial, social, and environmental returns, has announced KIM WRIGHT-VIOLICH, a managing partner at Tideline, to its board of directors. At Tideline, Wright-Violich co-leads the firm’s strategy, operations, and client engagement, designing products for wealth and investment advisors, managing change, and leveraging the synergy between nonprofits, philanthropy, and impact investing. Prior to Tideline, Wright-Violich served as CEO of Schwab Charitable, a national donor-advised fund (DAF), where she helped pioneer impact investing in a DAF by partnering with the Grameen Foundation to launch the Double Give Microfinance Guarantee initiative.
The Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation in New York City has announced the appointment of NADINE DEHGAN as its new CEO. Cerebral palsy, for which there is currently no known cure, is the most common physical disability in childhood, affecting a baby every hour. Dehgan previously served as CEO of the Hearing Health Foundation and in various capacities for a number of research, educational, and service organizations. She will succeed outgoing executive director BRONYA METHERALL, who has served in that role for the past three years.
In other news, LAURA JOHNSTON, professor of genetics and development at Columbia University, has been named to the New Jersey-based Rita Allen Foundation's Scientific Advisory Committee. Johnston, who joined the faculty of Columbia in 2000, has been recognized for her work elucidating the processes by which cells communicate their fitness and compete for territory in developing tissues — processes that have surprising similarities to mechanisms of immune surveillance. Johnston’s honors include a V Foundation Scholar Award, the New York Speakers Fund in Biomedical Sciences Award, an American Cancer Society Research Scholar Award, the Hirschl Charitable Trust Award, and the Harold and Golden Lamport Award for Excellence in Basic Science Research. She was elected president of the U.S. National Drosophila board of directors in 2016.