The San Diego Foundation has appointed THERESA NATATA as vice president of external affairs, the San Diego Source (subscription only) reports. In that position, Natata will be a member of the foundation's executive team and will provide leadership for regional outreach, volunteer engagement, community and government relations, and the foundation's public policy committee, as well as the San Diego Women's Foundation and the San Diego Regional Disaster Fund. Previously, Natata worked for Pierce Education Properties, the San Diego State University Research Foundation, and the P.F. Chang restaurant chain.
JOSHUA REDNIK has been appointed president and CEO of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, NJ.com reports. Rednik, most recently executive director of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest in Whippany, New Jersey, earlier served in planned giving and endowment management roles at the UJA-Federation of New York and the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.
In other news, PND notes the passing of EDGAR BRONFMAN, 84, retired CEO of the Seagram Company, president of the Samuel Bronfman Foundation, and a leading figure in Jewish philanthropy. According to the obituary at the foundation's Web site, Bronfman became active in Jewish issues and causes after he traveled to Russia in 1970 as a member of a delegation that hoped to convince the Soviet Union to grant greater freedom to its Jewish citizens. Among the organizations and causes Bronfman strongly supported were Hillel International, which he served as founding director; the Bronfman Youth Fellowships, which he created in 1987; and MyJewishLearning.com, which he created in 2002. In addition to serving as president of the World Jewish Congress and chairman of the World Jewish Restitution Organization, Bronfman was the recipient of many honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom (United States), the Chevalier de La Legion d'Honneur (France); the Justice Louis D. Brandeis Award (Zionist Organization of America), and honorary doctoral degrees from Williams College, McGill University, Tel Aviv University, New York University, and Hebrew University. "Edgar Bronfman was the great Jew of his era," said Michael Steinhardt, a former co-chair of the Hillel International board. "He had both courage and integrity….We toiled in the same vineyard of Jewish renaissance and he was always optimistic and encouraging. He believed in the possibility of a Judaism relevant to our age, enheartening and emboldening all those he felt had a chance of bringing that about. I will miss him sorely."
PND also notes the passing of J. GREGORY DEES, 63, who is credited by many with developing social entrepreneurship as an academic field. Dees, a professor of the practice of social entrepreneurship at Duke University and Rubenstein Senior Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship at Duke, earlier served as founding faculty director of the Fuqua School of Business' Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship. Dees started his academic career at the Yale School of Management and later moved to Harvard Business School, where he helped launch an initiative dedicated to social enterprise as well as a course on entrepreneurship in the social sector, for which he received Harvard's Apgar Award for Innovation in Teaching. After taking time off to work on entrepreneurial development in Appalachia, Dees returned to academia at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, where he helped launch the Stanford Center for Social Innovation. In 2007, the Aspen Institute and Ashoka presented him with their first lifetime achievement award in social entrepreneurship education. "For two decades, his scholarship and teaching have been seminal to the field of social entrepreneurship," said Sally Osberg, president and CEO of the Skoll Foundation. "No one has been more influential, no one more inspiring. We mourn his loss, even as we know his legacy lives on in the determination of women and men the world over to build a better world."