People in the News (12/23/18): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (12/23/18): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The board of directors of the Archstone Foundation, a private grantmaking organization whose mission is to help prepare society to meet the needs of an aging population, has announced the appointment of CHRISTOPHER A. LANGSTON, PhD, as its new president and chief executive officer. Langston, who will succeed JOSEPH F. PREVARTI, is a national leader in philanthropy and has served as a program officer, senior program officer, and program director at the John A. Hartford Foundation; as a program executive in the U.S. Aging Program at Atlantic Philanthropies; and, most recently, as vice president of healthcare services, aging, at the New York Fund.

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), a limited liability philanthropic organization founded and owned by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, has announced SANDRA LIU HUANG as its new head of education. In that role, Huang, a daughter of immigrants from a family of educators, will lead an interdisciplinary team of one hundred educators, researchers, and technologists focused on building useful software tools that empower teachers to deliver more personalized learning experiences for students and on grantmaking and research that advances “whole child” and evidence-based approaches in education. Since joining CZI in 2017 as head of product and technology, Huang has overseen the Education technology team’s partnership with the Summit Learning Program (SLP), which is focused on improving online tools to empower teachers and help students learn in a way and at the pace that works best for them. Before joining CZI, she was the head of product at Quora, a platform for gaining and sharing knowledge, and before that led product teams at Facebook and Google. 

CZI also has announced DAVID LEE as its first chief investment officer. Lee comes to CZI from the Princeton University Investment Company, where he served as a managing director and supported the growth and management of the university’s endowment portfolio. In his new role, Lee will work closely with CZI’s investment committee, chaired by David Swensen, chief investment officer for Yale University’s endowment.

The Markle Foundation in New York City has announced the appointment of STEVEN DENNING to its board of directors. Denning is the chair of General Atlantic LLC, a firm he joined in 1980 at its founding and helped to establish as a leading global growth equity investor. He is, in addition, a member of the board of directors of the Council on Foreign Relations and the boards of trustees of the Bridgespan Group and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; emeritus chair of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council; and an emeriti trustee of the Brookings Institution, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Georgia Tech Foundation.

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in Palo Alto has announced the election of ELLEN OCHOA, astronaut, former director of the Johnson Space Center and vice chair of the National Science Board, to its board of trustees. Ochoa became the first Hispanic woman in space when she served on a nine-day mission aboard the shuttle Discovery in 1993. She has flown in space four times, logging nearly a thousand hours, leading onboard scientific activities, and serving as flight engineer during the launch, rendezvous, and entry phases of the mission. A research engineer, Dr. Ochoa holds three patents for optical systems. She earned a PhD and MS in electrical engineering from Stanford University and a BS in physics from San Diego State University.

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has announced that LAURA GERALD, its president, has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of Grantmakers in Health (GIH), a nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to helping foundations and corporate giving programs improve the health of all people. 

PATRICK MORGAN program director of Philadelphia initiatives at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, will leave his post on January 1 to rejoin city government. The University of Pennsylvania grad will become the Parks & RecreationDepartment’s first deputy commissioner for strategy and engagement, a newly created post under Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell. Morgan previously worked as chief of staff in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Environmental and Community Resources in Mayor Michael Nutter administration. Since joining Knight in January 2016, Morgan has overseen the dispersal of over $26 million in 113 community-focused grants and oversaw the deployment of the Reimagining the Civic Commons Initiative, an $11 million investment made by Knight and the William Penn Foundation in five civic assets: the Reading Viaduct, Bartram’s Mile Trail, the Centennial Commons, Lovett Memorial Library and Park, and the Discovery Center.

"Archstone Foundation Announces the Appointment of Christopher A. Langston, PhD as Its New President and Chief Executive Officer." Southern California Grantmakers News Release 12/19/2018. "Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Names Sandra Liu Huang Head of Education." Chan Zuckerberg News Release 12/18/2018. "Steven Denning Joins the Board of the Markle Foundation." Markle Foundation Media Release 12/21/2018. "David Lee Named Chief Investment Officer for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative." Chan Zuckerberg News Release 12/14/2018. "Ellen Ochoa Joins the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Board of Trustees." Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation News Release 12/18/2018. "Dr. Laura Gerald to Serve on National Grantmakers in Health Board of Directors." Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust News Release 12/14/2018. "Patrick Morgan Is Leaving the Knight Foundation." Generocity News Release 12/21/2018.