After a nationwide search that began last summer, the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation in New York City has announced RINI BANERJEE as its new president, effective January 1, 2019. The fourth president in the foundation's history and the first woman to hold the position, Banerjee previously served as the first executive director of the Foundation for a Just Society, leading the organization's evolution from startup to one of the top global funders committed to advancing the rights of women, girls, and LGBTQI people, and at the Overbrook and New York Women’s foundations. She is, in addition, a trustee of the Mertz Gilmore Foundation and a board member of Funders for Reproductive Equity, and has co-created or served on the boards of the NYC-based Asian Women’s Giving Circle, Philanthropy Advancing Women’s Human Rights, the Groundswell Fund, and the South Asian Youth Action (SAYA!).
The Health Foundation of South Florida, the largest philanthropy dedicated to improving health in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, has named NATALIE K. CASTELLANOS as its director of policy and public affairs. In that position, Castellanos will work closely with the foundation’s vice president of operations and strategy, Dr. Janisse Schoepp, to advance the organization’s advocacy agenda and inform and engage community stakeholders on key policy issues impacting the health of vulnerable, low- to moderate-income South Floridians. Castellanos, who grew up in South Florida, comes to the foundation from Florida International University’s Green Family Foundation Neighborhood Health Education Learning Program ('NeighborhoodHELP"), where she had a dual-appointment as an assistant professor at the medical school and as a clinical instructor and supervising attorney at the law school.
The Burroughs Wellcome Fund in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, has announced that MIQUELLA "KELLY" CHAVEZ ROSE will join the fund as a program officer on January 7, 2019. In her new position, Dr. Rose will oversee BWF’s Interfaces in Science and the Regulatory Science programs, which invest a combined $10 million a year in biomedical research. Rose currently serves as executive director for the Research Triangle Material Research Science and Engineering Center (RT-MRSEC), which conducts research and education at four partner universities in the Research Triangle: Duke, North Carolina State, North Carolina Central, and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Prior to RT-MRSEC, Dr. Rose served as program coordinator for the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine Bridges Program in Berkeley, California.
The Children's Museum of Manhattan has announced the appointment of JANE McINTOSH as chief advancement officer. In that role, McIntosh will oversee development, communications, public relations, and marketing to raise resources for and awareness of the museum, which last year purchased a landmark building at 96th Street and Central Park West for its future home. McIntosh most recently served as vice president for development and external affairs at the Central Park Conservancy and before that served as senior director of individual giving and membership services at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, director of development at the Museum of the Moving Image, and as director of development at the National Academy of Design/Museum and School of Fine Arts.
In other news, the St. David’s Foundation in Austin, Texas, has announced that longtime chief executive officer EARL MAXWELL plans to retire at the end of 2019. Maxwell graduated from the University of Houston with a BBA in Accounting in 1976 and founded the Austin-based accounting firm Maxwell Locke & Ritter in 1991. He joined the board of St. David's Foundation in 1999 and became CEO in 2007. "Earl Maxwell has been integral to the success of St. David's Foundation for many years,” said foundation board chair PETER PINCOFFS. "Long active in the community while simultaneously building an independent and highly regarded accounting firm, [he] brought his deep understanding of community values, needs and aspirations to his work in leading the foundation. When Earl became CEO at the foundation, we were making grants of about $9 million each year; in 2019 we plan to invest about $82 million in the central Texas area, placing St. David's Foundation among the top ten health-related philanthropies in the country." The foundation will conduct a nationwide search for Maxwell's successor.