People in the News (11/4/18): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (11/4/18): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment has announced the election of JOHN LECHLEITER to its board of directors. Lechleiter is the former chair, president, and chief executive officer of Eli Lilly and Company. After joining Lilly in 1979 as a senior organic chemist in process research and development, he went on tor serve in leadership roles in project management, regulatory affairs, product development, and pharma operations, and retired as the company’s president and chief executive officer in December 2016 and as its chair in May 2017. Lechleiter presently serves on the boards of the Hoosier Art Salon, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, and the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute and is an honorary trustee of the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and a member emeritus of the board of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership.

The Los Angeles-based St. Baldrick's Foundation, the largest charitable funder of childhood cancer research, has announced the addition of JYOTI RAI, senior vice president of global talent, leadership and learning at American Express, and THOMAS SELQUIST, managing director at J.P. Morgan Private Bank, to its board of directors. Rai currently manages a team of more than a hundred HR professionals around the world for American Express and is a member of its global human resources leadership team. Prior to relocating to the U.S., Rai was head of HR for American Express India, where she helped lead its transformation and built a pipeline of women leaders. Selquist brings more than twenty years' experience in capital markets and financial planning and wealth management solutions to the foundation. He started his career in finance at Goldman Sachs as an institutional sales trader in 1996 and also served in the firm’s Markets Coverage Group, where he helped private clients and family offices implement their investment strategies.

The MRG Foundation in Portland, Oregon, has announced the appointment of SE-AH-DOM EDMO as executive director, effective December 10. Edmo is a published author, scholar, and program designer with more than a dozen years of experience in creating, implementing, and evaluating program activities related to tribes and empowering underrepresented groups in the fields of education, medicine, science, and public policy. She will succeed CLIFF JONES and KELLEY WEIGEL, who have served as interim executive director and interim deputy director, respectively, since March. “Se-ah-dom is a critical thinker, accomplished activist, inclusive leader, and visionary story teller,” said Jones. "She will center MRG's staff and board, justice activists, grantees, donors, and other stakeholders in a collective drive towards racial and social justice. I am inspired by her presence."

The board of directors of Goodwill Industries International in Rockville, Maryland, has announced former HUD secretary STEVEN C. PRESTON as the organization's next president and CEO. In his new role, Preston will leverage his management experience across the private, public, and nonprofit sectors to advance the organization’s mission of helping individuals and families reach their full potential through learning and the power of work. Over the course of his career, Preston has headed up two major federal agencies — Housing and Urban Development and the Small Business Administration — served as CEO of two large privately-owned companies, and held executive leadership roles at several other companies, including Waste Management, ServiceMaster, and First Data. In addition to his professional roles in the public and private sectors, Preston has served on the boards of various nonprofit organizations, including the Wheaton College, the Partnership for Public Service, and Sunshine Enterprises. In July, the GII board appointed LORNA G. UTLEY, retired president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit, to the role of interim president and CEO.

ImpactAssets, a nonprofit financial services firm in Bethesda, Maryland, that increases the flow of capital into investments delivering financial, social, and environmental returns, has announced the addition of MARGRET TRILLI to its executive leadership team as president and chief investment officer and the promotion of founder TIM FREUNDLICH to chief executive officer. Trilli’s twenty-five-year career includes executive leadership, investment, and operating roles at Barclays Global Investors/Blackrock and Charles Schwab. She also founded Intentional Capital, a boutique private equity firm serving custom direct investments to a select group of family offices, and currently serves on the boards and investment committees of three family offices.

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF) has announced the hiring of THOMAS P. CAMPBELL, former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, as director and CEO. In his new position as head of Northern California’s largest public art institution, Campbell will oversee the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park, the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park, and over five hundred staff members. Campbell served as director of the Met from 2009 to 2017 but was forced out in February amid a $40 million budget deficit and staff cuts affecting some ninety employees. Campbell will be FAMSF's fourth director since John Buchanan's death in 2011.

In other news, the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) has announced the appointment of PAM RORKE LEVY as chair of its board of trustees. Levy, who has been a member of the board since 2013, assumed her new role just ahead of the start of the current academic year. During her five years on the SFAI board, Levy has served on the Development Committee, the Committee on Governance and Trustees, and the President Search Committee. She also spearheaded the launch of SFAI’s new Fort Mason Campus in the fall of 2017. Since earning her graduate degree at UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism, Levy has written, produced, and directed a range of films and TV programs, many on subjects at the intersection of art, culture, and history. She created and produced the first three seasons of SPARK, the multi-platform arts program on KQED, and has served on the boards of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, the Bay Area Video Coalition, and Z Space Studio. She is also an avid and decorated sailor and, with her husband, Matt Brooks, restored and races the 1930 classic yacht Dorade, earning podium finishes in open ocean races around the world.

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