People in the News (12/3/17): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (12/3/17): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The Dallas Foundation has announced MATTHEW RANDAZZO as its next president and CEO. Currently president of the National Math and Science Initiative, Randazzo will succeed MARY JALONICK, who is retiring after thirty years in the position. Randazzo joined NMSI in 2014 as chief growth and strategy officer, responsible for planning and implementing NMSI’s external engagement strategies, and before that he served as founding president and CEO of Choose to Succeed and as chief growth officer for IDEA Public Schools. Chief Philanthropy Officer Helen Holman and former Dallas Foundation board member and nonprofit management consultant Jeanne Whitman Bobbitt will serve as interim co-presidents until Randazzo begins his full-time role with the foundation in mid-2018.

The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut has announced the election of MARY BRODERICK, HARRY FERGUSON, and MARILYNN MALERBA to its board of trustees. Broderick of East Lyme is an education advocate and nationally published author and has served as president of the National School Board Association and president of the Connecticut Boards of Education. Mystic resident Ferguson practiced law in Connecticut and Massachusetts and currently serves as chairman of the Child & Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut. Niantic resident Malerba has served as the eighteenth chief of the Mohegan Tribe since 2010 and also serves on the board of directors of the Ms. Foundation for Women. In addition, the foundation’s board announced a new slate of officers: STEVE LARCEN of Niantic (chair), DAVID SCHULZ of Mystic (vice chair), CATHY BOKOFF of Norwich (secretary), and ED HIGGINS of Woodstock (treasurer).

The board of directors of the Proteus Fund, a public foundation that partners with foundations, advocates, and individual donors to advance democracy, human rights and peace, has announced the appointment of PAUL Di DONATO as the organization's new president. Di Donato has served as the fund's interim president for the past year, during which time he oversaw a record-breaking grantmaking year, deepened the quality and scope of the fund’s fiscally sponsored project support, and initiated a major internal effort to improve policies, practices, and systems and ensure a "best practices" culture. Prior to that, he led the Proteus’s Civil Marriage Collaborative, which worked to change attitudes and laws with respect to the freedom to marry — work that helped lead to the June 2015 Supreme Court ruling extending marriage equality nationally.

The Aspen Institute has announced that DANIEL R. PORTERFIELD will succeed WALTER ISAACSON as its president and CEO, effective June 1, 2018. Porterfield has served since 2011 as president of Franklin & Marshall College, a leading national liberal arts college in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he led an expansion of the school’s financial aid program, the launch of a new approach to students’ personal and professional success, and the development of partnerships with K-12 educators and college access networks. In 2016, he was named one of eleven "Champions of Change for College Opportunity" by the White House. Prior to his tenure at F&M, Porterfield was senior vice president for strategic development at Georgetown University, in which role he oversaw the school’s institutional positioning, communications, government and community relations, as well as intercollegiate athletics, and before that he served as a senior aide to then-U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Donna E. Shalala. He earned BA degrees from Georgetown and Oxford and his PhD at the City University of New York Graduate Center, and was also awarded a Rhodes Scholarship and a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities.

City of Hope in Duarte, California, has announced the appointment of MICHAEL A. CALIGIURI as president of the City of Hope National Medical Center and physician-in-chief, effective February 2018. A world-renowned cancer researcher, Caligiuri most recently served as director of the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center and CEO of the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute in Columbus, Ohio. As a physician-scientist, he is known for his work in immunology, which focuses on human natural killer cells and their modulation for the treatment of leukemia, myeloma, and glioblastoma

The National Audubon Society has announced the addition of MIKE CONNOR, SUSAN PACKARD ORR, and J. DREW LANHAM to its board of directors. Connor, a partner in the law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, LLP, served in the Obama administration as the deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior from 2014 to 2017, with responsibilities as chief operating officer of an agency with more than 70,000 employees and an annual budget of approximately $13 billion. From 2009 to 2014 he served as commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation. Packard Orr is the chair and co-founder of Arreva, LLC, a company that has been providing fundraising and volunteer-management software to the nonprofit sector for more than thirty years. She also is a past chair and current member of the board of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and serves on the boards of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health and the Packard Humanities Institute. Lanham is a professor of wildlife at Clemson University, where he holds an endowed chair as an alumni distinguished professor and was named an alumni master teacher in 2012. His research focuses on songbird ecology, as well as the African-American role in natural-resources conservation. 

The First Nations Development Institute in Longmont, Colorado, has announced the election of MONICA NUVAMSA, executive director of the Hopi Foundation, and SUSAN WHITE, director of the Oneida Trust Enrollment Department at the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, to one-year terms on its board of directors. Early in her career, Nuvamsa developed and managed the Hopi Tribe’s Domestic Violence Program and later served both as an advocate and project coordinator until she received a political appointment to serve as intergovernmental affairs liaison for the Hopi Tribe. She has also served on several nonprofit boards, including Native Americans in Philanthropy, Native Public Media, and the Arizona Grantmakers Forum.  White directs a multi-operational department in capital strategies for protection and growth of the Oneida Nation’s trust assets and is responsible for the maintenance and protection of tribal citizen records for the elected Oneida Trust Enrollment Committee. She also serves as co-chair for the Investors and Indigenous Peoples Working Group, the Women’s Fund of Greater Green Bay Emeritus, and Oneida Auxiliary VFW Post 778 and is a trustee for the Episcopal Diocese of Fond Du Lac and the American Foundation for Counseling Services Ethics in Business Selection Committee.

Bay Area philanthropist NICOLA MINER has joined the board of trustees of environmental law organization Earthjustice. President of the Miner Anderson Family Foundation and an English instructor at the College of San Mateo, Miner’s previous social sector experience includes stints as director of the Presidio Trust and service on several boards, including San Francisco University High School, the San Francisco Ballet, the Baker Street Foundation, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

The organization also announced that former president VAWTER “BUCK” PARKER has joined the organization’s board of trustees. Parker began his career as a litigation coordinator at Earthjustice in 1980 after graduating from Harvard Law School and soon rose within the organization before serving as its president from 1997 to 2008. He retired in 2015 after spending his career with the organization. "I always felt passionate about the work that Earthjustice does, but with attacks on the environment coming from the Trump administration and Congress, I wanted to come back so I could contribute and be closer to an organization that inspires so much hope," Parker said. "Although there has been expansion since I started working here in the 1980s, the values remain the same, and I am excited to join Earthjustice as the environmental movement faces new challenges."

"The Dallas Foundation Names New President and CEO." Dallas Foundation News Release 11/28/2017. "Community Foundation’s New Trustees Bring a Range of Experiences and Deep Commitment to Eastern Connecticut." Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut News Release 11/30/2017. "Announcing New Leadership at Proteus Fund." Proteus Fund News Release 11/29/2017. "Dan Porterfield Named Next Aspen Institute President and CEO." Aspen Institute Press Release 11/30/2017. "City of Hope Names Michael A. Caligiuri as President of City of Hope National Medical Center." City of Hope News Release 11/28/2017. "National Leaders in Philanthropy, Wildlife Ecology and Natural Resources Policy Join Audubon Board." National Audubon Society News Release 11/29/2017. "Monica Nuvamsa and Susan White Join the Board of First Nations Development Institute." First Nations Development Institute Press Release 11/29/2017. "Bay Area Philanthropist Nicola Miner Joins Earthjustice Board of Trustees." Earthjustice Press Release 11/27/2017. "Former Earthjustice President Vawter “Buck” Parker Returns as Board Trustee." Earthjustice Press Release 11/27/2017.