The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) has named KELLI RHEE as executive vice president and chief strategy officer, in which role she will be responsible for developing and refining the foundation's overall strategy and overseeing each programmatic team to ensure that its grantmaking is aligned with the foundation's mission and the work of other teams. Before joining LJAF as vice president of venture development in 2013, Rhee worked in entrepreneurial and venture capital settings as an operational leader, strategic investor and advisor and served as a management consultant with Bain & Company and the Bridgespan Group.
The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, the community foundation for Hartford and twenty-eight surrounding communities, has announced the appointment of MARLENE IBSEN to its board. Ibsen has served as chief executive officer and president of the Travelers Foundation and vice president, community relations, for the Travelers Companies, Inc., since 2007. In addition, she has served on the boards of a variety of nonprofit organizations, including the Governor's Prevention Partnership, the Youth Continuum, the Connecticut Forum, and Junior Achievement of Southwest New England, which she chaired.
Seattle-based Grantmakers in the Arts, a national association of public and private arts funders, has announced that JANET BROWN, its president and CEO, will step down from her leadership role on December 31, 2017. Under Brown's leadership, GIA's membership has increased thirty-four percent, its budget has nearly doubled, and it saw a large expansion of its programs, including the development of webinars, research, workshops, and forums on a wide array of topics. The organization also has become a national leader on the issue of racial equity in arts philanthropy, providing funders with leadership and resources to address racial disparities through intentional support of African, Latino/a, Asian, Arab and Native American arts organizations. The board will conduct a national search for Brown's replacement led by incoming board chair ANGELIQUE POWER, president of the Field Foundation of Illinois.
The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade has announced DEBORAH KORGE as its new executive director, effective January 2, 2017. An experienced nonprofit leader and fundraiser, Korge most recently served as director of development at the organization and prior to that served as executive director at Casa Valentina, which provides housing and support services to youth transitioning from foster care, and vice president of development and operations at Informed Families, whose mission is to help children grow up safe, healthy, and drug free. Korge will replace MARILYN MARCH, who is retiring on December 31 after serving four years with the organization and over twenty-five years as a nonprofit executive.
Urban Strategies in Clayton, Missouri, has announced the appointment of ESTHER SHIN as its new president, effective January 1, 2017. Shin, who currently serves as the organization’s executive vice president, will succeed SANDRA MOORE, who has served as president for more than sixteen years and is leaving to take on new national work. Since she joined the organization in 2000, Shin has served as executive vice president, responsible for developing and implementing sustainable social and economic development initiatives, and has also directly supervised the organization's planning and policy, site implementation, and sustainability departments. Prior to joining the organization and the community development field, Shin served as an intern with the Social Security Administration, where she began her career examining how public systems support vulnerable families.
In other news, PND notes the passing of Eric M. Hilton, youngest son of Conrad N. Hilton. As one of the longest-serving members of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation board, Hilton had a lasting impact on the effectiveness of the foundation created by his father. "Eric was a charismatic leader who represented our family superbly throughout his career," said his older brother, Barron Hilton. "Through his charm and tenacity, Eric helped spur our expansion through franchising, and engineer our return to the international marketplace through Conrad International Hotels. He will be missed by everyone who benefited from his kindness, friendship and philanthropy.” Hilton is survived by his wife, Bitten Bello, his four children and two step-sons, former wife Patricia Hilton, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and his brother.
And PND notes the passing of Rose Community Foundation president/CEO SHEILA BUGDANOWITZ on December 4. As head of the Denver-based organization since 1998, writes board chair Jerry Glick on the RFC website, "[Sheila] embodied the Foundation's values of philanthropy, justice and non-discrimination and its mission to make the Greater Denver community a better place. [She] was legendary for her deep connections and relationships. She brought people together to make the community a better place for all and she dedicated her life to improving the world around her. We grieve the loss of her leadership and her warm and generous spirit, which echoes through the philanthropic community and the community as a whole." The foundation has tapped CFO/COO ANNE GARCIA to serve as interim president and CEO.