The Blue Shield of California Foundation has announced the appointment of ADEN BLISS as chief financial officer and the promotion of RICHARD THOMASON as director of its Health Care and Coverage program. Bliss, most recently chief financial officer at education nonprofit New Leaders, earlier served as director of finance at WestEd and worked in the private sector as an associate at Broadlane and an analyst at Banc of America Securities (now Bank of America Merrill Lynch). Thomason, a program officer in the foundation's Bringing Quality Care to All Californians area, earlier worked as policy director for SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West and as a community relations representative for Kaiser Permanente. He also served as professional staff to the California Assembly in roles related to health and fiscal policy as well as legislative staff to former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley (D-NJ).
The Cultural Data Project has announced the appointment of BETH TUTTLE as president and CEO, effective March 4. In her new role, Tuttle will lead the project, which is currently housed at the Pew Charitable Trusts, through its transition to independent 501(c)(3) status. Tuttle, a thought leader in the museum community, currently serves as founding managing director of cultural nonprofit consulting firm METStrategies, LLC. Previously, she worked in management and communications roles at several nonprofit institutions, including the Georgetown Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership, the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Freedom Forum and Newseum, America's Promise-The Alliance for Youth, and People For the American Way.
The International Women's Media Foundation has announced the appointment of ELISA LEES MUÑOZ as executive director and the election of ALEXANDRA C. TROWER and SHARON WAXMAN to its board. Lees Muñoz has over twenty years of experience working for human rights and media development organizations that promote the rule of law, press freedom, and the engagement and leadership of women in the news media around the world. Trower is executive vice president of global communications at the Estée Lauder Companies. Waxman is founding CEO and editor-in-chief of TheWrap.com.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has announced the election of ROGER S. FINE as board chair. Fine, retired corporate vice president and general counsel of Johnson & Johnson, currently serves as board chair of the Child Health Institute of New Jersey, an arm of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and as general partner at Windham Venture Partners, a venture capital firm. He also serves on the foundation board of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and is a trustee of Ohr Torah Stone Institutions of Israel, a network of educational institutions. He succeeds THOMAS H. KEAN, former governor of New Jersey, who is retiring after twenty-three years on the foundation's board and eight as board chair.
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation has announced the election of PETER TAYLOR to its board. Taylor, outgoing chair of the James Irvine Foundation, is executive vice president and chief financial officer for the University of California system. Earlier, he worked in the investment banking sector at Lehman Brothers and as a managing director at Barclays Capital and was appointed by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California Performance Review Commission. He also served as an appointed member of the California Student Aid Commission and, early in his career, on the staff of the California State Assembly. He currently serves as a member of the J. Paul Getty Trust and on the board of Edison International and Southern California Edison.
In other news, Commonfund has announced three promotions and two additions to its subsidiary, Commonfund Capital, Inc., which invests in global private equity, venture capital, and natural resources. Promoted are LEENONG LI, head of Commonfund Capital's Beijing office and Asian initiatives, to managing director; MARK HOENING, managing director of Commonfund Capital's London office, to head of Europe; and BRIJESH JEEVARATHNAM, managing director, to co-head of ventur capital. In addition, TIM YATES is returning to Commonfund Capital as a managing director responsible for portfolio construction of separate/custom accounts, a new position; and DAVE JENSEN was appointed associate director of private equity, also a new position. Jensen previously worked at Portfolio Advisors on private equity, venture capital, and emerging markets opportunities.