People in the News (12/09/18): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (12/09/18): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The board of Oliver Scholars, a New York City nonprofit organization serving high-achieving black and Latino students, has announced the appointment of DANIELLE R. MOSS as chief executive officer, effective January 2, 2019. Moss will succeed interim CEO CHANTAL STEVENS, who will remain with the organization and support Moss during the transition period. Dr. Moss previously served as president and CEO of the YWCA of the City of New York and the Harlem Educational Activities Fund and was appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio to New York City’s Commission on Gender Equity. She also serves on the board of directors of the New York Women's Foundation.

The board of directors of the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) in New York City has announced the appointment of ANDREA "ANDY" HONG MARRA as its new executive director. A nationally known social justice advocate, Marra is a transgender Korean American woman who has spent the past fifteen years working with LGBTQ and social justice organizations worldwide. Prior to her appointment, she spent almost five years managing external communications at the Arcus Foundation, where she was a leading partner in launching the Global Trans Initiative. She also was a leading member of Grantmakers United for Trans Communities, an initiative designed to increase the amount, and improve the quality, of funding supporting transgender and gender nonconforming organizations and issues. Marra will succeed DOLPH WARD GOLDENBURG, who has served as interim executive director since February.

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has announced the appointment of DAVID W. OXTOBY as its next president. A chemist by training, Oxtoby served as president of Pomona College from 2003 to 2017 and was elected a member of the American Academy in 2012. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College and received his PhD in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. At the University of Chicago, he held the William Rainey Harper Distinguished Service Professorship and served as dean of the Division of the Physical Sciences. He later served as chair of the Board of the Association of American Colleges and Universities and as president of the Harvard Board of Overseers. Since 2017, Oxtoby has been a visiting scholar at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and co-founded the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration. 

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) has named GEORGE ASHTON as its new managing director of strategic investments. In that role, Ashton will pursue a range of high-impact investments that help create jobs, fuel small businesses, revitalize commercial areas, improve housing, expand local incomes, and make communities safer and stronger. Ashton recently served as co-founder and president of Sol System, a Washington, D.C.-based renewable energy investment firm that for six consecutive years was named one of the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies™ in the United States. Prior to that, Ashton worked as a senior account executive at Fannie Mae, where he structured and traded mortgage portfolios, and as a senior financial consultant at Arthur Anderson. He also founded a private investment group, HOPE Investments, to provide capital, management, and strategic support to entrepreneurs of color.

The Children's Institute in Los Angeles has announced TODD SOSNA, PhD, as its new chief program officer. In his new role, Sosna, who has served as interim senior vice president of clinical services at the organization since April and held the role of senior vice president for program evaluation and improvement from 2012 to 201, will lead all early education, behavioral health, family strengthening, and community innovations programs for the agency, overseeing a budget of more than $70 million and a staff of eight hundred. Prior to joining the organization, Sosna served as senior vice president of operations for Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles, as deputy director for the California Institute for Mental Health, and as assistant director for Santa Barbara County Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services.

Winrock International, the U.S.-based national and international economic development organization, has announced the appointments of PALOMA ADAMS-ALLEN, LAWRENCE S. COBEN, and SAUD SIDDIQUE to its board of directors. Adams-Allen is president and chief executive officer of the Inter-American Foundation, an independent U.S. government agency that encourages partnerships among community organizations, businesses, and local government in the Caribbean and Latin America. Coben, chair of NRG Energy, is an archaeologist who founded the Sustainable Preservation Initiative, which works to preserve cultural heritage sites by providing sustainable economic opportunities to the communities around them. Siddique co-founded and chairs Odyssey Capital, a Singapore-based infrastructure investment advisory firm, and is also chair and CEO of Tigris Water Company, which invests in water companies across Asia.

"The Oliver Scholars Board of Trustees Names Dr. Danielle R. Moss as Next Chief Executive Officer." Oliver Scholars News Release 12/05/2018. "TLDEF Appoints Nationally Recognized LGBTQ Activist Andy Marra as Executive Director." Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund Press Release 11/14/2018. "American Academy of Arts and Sciences Announcement: David W. Oxtoby Appointed New President." American Academy of Arts and Sciences Press Release 12/03/2018. "LISC Taps Innovative Entrepreneur to Spearhead Opportunity Zone Strategies, Investments." Local Initiatives Support Corporation Press Release 12/05/2018. "Children's Institute Names Dr. Todd Sosna as Chief Program Officer." Children’s Institute Email 12/03/2018. "Winrock International Welcomes New Board Members." Winrock International News Release 11/27/2018.