The Heron Foundation in New York City has announced that DANA K. BEZERRA will assume the role of president, effective December 31. Bezerra joined Heron in 2006 and has since been responsible for deal-sourcing, identifying and developing relationships across a spectrum of investors, syndicating capital when possible, and cultivating opportunities to deploy the full range of Heron's "toolbox." She also has been active in the leadership of several national and local philanthropic organizations, including the board of Capital Impact Partners, the steering committee for the Mission Investors' Exchange, and as a reviewer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Grand Challenge Exploration Program. "Heron's board is thrilled that Dana will be taking the helm," said Arthur "Buzz" Schmidt, chair of the foundation's board. "Her selection is not only a tribute to her, it also reflects the board's regard for Clara Miller's leadership over the past several years and Heron's strategic direction. Under Dana's leadership, Heron will lever the lessons it has learned over the past twenty-five years — both on the ground in communities and within the capital markets."
The New York City-based Russell Sage Foundation has announced the appointment of sociologist MARIO LUIS SMALL to its board of trustees. Currently the Grafstein Family Professor at Harvard University, Small has published a number of books and articles on urban poverty, personal networks, and the relationship between qualitative and quantitative social science methods and is a contributor to the RSF volume The Colors of Poverty (2008). He is, in addition, a board member of the Spencer Foundation, a senior fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), and an elected member of the Sociological Research Association.
The AIChE Foundation — the philanthropic arm of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) — has named S. SHARIQ YOSUFZAI, vice president, global diversity, Chevron Corporation, as its new chair and PABLO DEBENEDETTI, Class of 1950 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science, professor of chemical and biological engineering, and dean for research at Princeton University, as vice chair.
The U.S. Soccer Foundation in Washington, D.C., has announced the appointment of HEATHER HIGGINBOTTOM to its board of directors. Currently chief operating officer at CARE USA, Higginbottom previously served as the first female deputy secretary of state and managed operations and foreign assistance programming for the State Department and USAID; as deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), where she was COO and a principal architect of the federal budget; and as deputy assistant to the president and deputy director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.
The Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) in Washington, D.C., has announced the appointment of five new members to its board of directors. The new members are KRISTIN CONKLIN, founding partner of HCM Strategists; LAURA CRONIN, senior associate at Booz Allen Hamilton; JOSE LUIS CRUZ, president of Herbert H. Lehman College at the City University of New York; JACOB FRAIRE, president and chief executive officer of the Texas Association of Community Colleges; and VICTOR KUO, PhD, director of strategic planning and research at Seattle Colleges and founder of VK Global Advising.