People in the News (12/2/18): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (12/2/18): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The Nathan Cummings Foundation in New York City has announced that LETICIA PEGUERO will join the foundation as vice president of programs. In that role, Peguero will be a critical partner to the CEO and the board in achieving NCF's vision of a best-in-class social justice philanthropy that is integrated and intersectional in its approaches and fully aligned in its culture, operations, and systems. In her current role as executive director of the Andrus Family Fund, Peguero is at the forefront of the national conversation around youth justice reform and narrative change. Before joining AFF, she served as regional vice president at the Posse Foundation, where she managed Posse sites in Los Angeles, Boston and New Orleans, and spent five years as deputy director of the Local Funding Partnerships program, one of the hallmark programs of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, where she developed strategy and worked to identify and support innovative program models that serve vulnerable populations.

The American Pakistan Foundation has welcomed ANSIR JUNAID to its board of directors. Junaid is the founder and CEO of PWC, a group of companies with enterprises in the areas of recycling and sustainability, pallet management and manufacturing, self-storage, green technology, warehousing, packaging supplies, supply chain management, transportation, hospitality, cell phones, call centers, and technology. Junaid also serves as chair of SupplySide USA, a wholesaler of shipping, packaging, and office supplies, gifts, retail products, and greeting cards, and as an investment and operating partner at SupplySide Investments, a real estate firm.

The Executive Leadership Council in Washington, D.C., has announced the appointment of KELLY VENEY BRINKLEY as its executive vice president and chief operating officer. In that role, Brinkley will be responsible for providing leadership and overall management direction concerning a range of organizational activities, including strategic planning, building effective business operations, and supporting departmental collaboration initiatives. Prior to joining ELC, Brinkley served as COO for United Way of the National Capital and for the Washington, D.C., Office of the State Superintendent of Education. Earlier, she served on the transition team for the Bank of America/Merrill Lynch merger, held positions at Fannie Mae and the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, and practiced corporate law at Saul Ewing, LLP.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan, has named and convened twenty individuals who will serve on a newly established Solidarity Council on Racial Equity (SCoRE). Tasked with developing a plan of action to place racial equity center stage in public awareness, the group's collective efforts will culminate in a global symposium in September 2020. Members of the group include author MICHELLE ALEXANDER, law professor MEGAN DAVIS, filmmaker AVA DuVERNAY, journalist MARIA HINOJOSA, author-activist SARU JAYARAMAN, Father TIMOTHY P. KESICKI, singer-activist JOHN LEGEND, senior fellow HEATHER McGHEE, professors MANUEL PASTOR and JOHN A. POWELL, business executive TIM RYAN, activists HELIO SANTOS and LINDA SARSOUR, poet-author MAYRA SANTOS-FEBRES, attorney BRYAN A. STEVENSON, author JERRY TELLO, journalist IRMA ALICIA VELASQUEZ NIMATUJ, professor DAVID R. WILLIAMS, teacher DIANE WOLK-ROGERS and educator KENT WONG.

In other news, FAITH MITCHELL, president and CEO of Grantmakers in Health, has announced that she will be leaving the organization at the end of 2019. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where she trained as an academic anthropologist, Mitchell served as a program officer at the San Francisco Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, before going to work for the U.S. State Department. After several years at the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine, Mitchell joined GIH as vice president for program and strategy a dozen years ago and was named president and CEO of the organization in 2013. In making her announcement, Mitchell wrote: "Many have asked what's next for me. With more than a year left in my tenure it is somewhat too soon to say, but I like the idea of having more time to do genealogical research and for writing about diversity, equity, and other favorite topics."

"NCF Welcomes Leticia Peguero, New Vice President of Programs." Nathan Cummings Foundation News Release 11/28/2018. "American Pakistan Foundation Welcomes Ansir Junaid to Its Board of Directors." American Pakistan Foundation Email 11/29/2018. "The Executive Leadership Council Names Kelly Veney Brinkley as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer." Executive Leadership Council News Release 11/27/2018. "Twenty Global Leaders Named to Solidarity Council on Racial Equity." W.K. Kellogg Foundation News Release 11/30/2018. "Making Space for New Leadership." Grantmakers in Health News Release 11/28/2018.