People in the News (12/4/16): Appointments and Promotions

People in the News (12/4/16): Appointments and Promotions

The board of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies has named TED WAITT, chairman of the Waitt Foundation and co-founder of Gateway, Inc., as chair. Waitt will replace IRWIN JACOBS, philanthropist and founder of San Diego-based QUALCOMM, who has served as chair of the Salk board since November 2006 and is stepping down after ten years. Jacobs will continue to serve the institute as chairman emeritus.

The board of D.C.-based AIDS United has named JESSE MILAN, JR., as its president and CEO, effective immediately. A thirty-year HIV/AIDS community advocate and nationally recognized leader and speaker on HIV/AIDS policies and programs, Milan has served as the organization's interim president and CEO since June. A lawyer by training, Milan also serves on the scientific advisory board for the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and has co-chaired the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Advisory Committee on HIV and STD Prevention and Treatment (CHAC).

The board of the Parelli Foundation, which works to support an advanced natural horsemanship education for students with the skills and aptitude to become extraordinary horsemen and educators, has elected KERUL KASSEL as its new president. Kassel, who holds a doctorate in Human and Organizational Systems, serves on the faculty at Fielding Graduate University and is the author of a book on applying systems thinking to business management.  

The Tourette Association of America has announced the selection of DIANA FELNER as its new vice president of public policy. In that role, Felner will provide strategic direction for and ensure the implementation of the TAA's public policy activities, representing the interests of people across the country before Congress, the White House, and federal agencies. Felner comes to TAA from Bunge North America, Inc., where she served as director of government affairs, and Syngenta, where she headed up federal government relations. She began her government and regulatory affairs career working in various roles at CropLife America, a trade association representing the agricultural chemicals and plant biotechnology companies

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced the election of LINDA MACKLOWE and MERRYL H. TISCH to its board. An active collector of post-war and contemporary art, Macklowe currently serves on the Visiting Committee for the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art and has been a member of its Chairman's Council since 2007 and its Modern Circle since 2013. A leading voice on education in America, Tisch served as chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents from 2009 to 2016 and currently serves as co-chair of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, a leading social services agency, and on the board of the International Rescue Committee, the Trust for Cultural Resources of the City of New York, and the Board of Overseers for the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden In Washington, D.C., has announced the appointment of MARK BEASLEY, a former curator and producer at Creative Time in New York, as its first curator of media and performance art. In that role, Beasley will be responsible for organizing exhibitions and acquiring works for the museum's collection of new media art, including film, video, and performance. Before joining Creative Time, Beasley served as a curator for Performa and the British Council in London and worked as a curatorial advisor to the inaugural Okayama Art Summit in 2016, as a guest curator for the Sunday Sessions Greater New York performance program at MoMA PS1, and as a curator of a series of performances held in conjunction with the Mike Kelley retrospective at MoMA PS1 in 2011.

In other news, United States ambassador to South Africa PATRICK GASPARD will be joining the Open Society Foundations as vice president in January. In his new role, Gaspard, who was appointed ambassador to South Africa by President Barack Obama in 2013, will oversee the foundations' advocacy work in Washington and Brussels and provide strategic direction and oversight for the organization's programmatic efforts. "Patrick Gaspard's deep experience in policy and politics‚ along with his energy and commitment to social justice‚ are great assets to help further the Open Society Foundations' mission to build vibrant and tolerant democracies‚" said Chris Stone‚ the foundation’s president.

"Salk Institute Names Ted Waitt Board Chairman." Salk Institute News Release 11/28/2016. "AIDS United Board of Trustees Names Jesse Milan, Jr. President and CEO." AIDS United Press Release 11/28/2016. "Kerul Kassel Named President of Parelli Foundation Board of Directors" Parelli Foundation Email 12/01/2016. "Tourette Association of America Announces New VP for Public Policy" Tourette Association of America Email 11/28/2016. "Metropolitan Museum Elects New Trustees Linda Macklowe, Merryl Tisch, and Dasha Zhukova." Metropolitan Museum of Art Press Release 11/28/2016. "Hirshhorn Names Mark Beasley as Inaugural Curator of Media and Performance Art." ArtForum 12/01/2016. "U.S. Ambassador leaves SA for Philanthropic Future." TMG Digital 12/02/2016.