The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in Menlo Park, California, has announced that MARC CHUN, an expert in assessing student achievement, will become an officer in its education program in the early spring. For the past ten years Chun has worked as director of education at the Council for Aid to Education. Previously, he taught at Stanford University, Columbia University, Vanderbilt University, The New School, and Manhattan College, and he has published extensively on topics related to education. Earlier in his career, he worked as a research associate at the RAND Corporation and as a statistical consultant at Apple Computer.
The Iowa West Foundation in Council Bluffs has announced the appointment of PETER TULIPANA as president and CEO. Tulipana, currently U.S. region CEO for the Columban Fathers, earlier served as president and CEO of Heartland Family Service and has done consulting work in the area of nonprofit management. Earlier, he was a professor of nonprofit administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Tulipana succeeds Todd Graham, who is leaving the foundation's top post after eight years to head the Robins Foundation in Richmond, Virginia.
The Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced the appointment of JOI ITO to its board. Ito, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab, is a leading thinker and writer on innovation, global technology policy, and the role of the Internet in transforming society. He is the former CEO and current board chair of Creative Commons, a nonprofit that offers new ways to think about copyright issues. He also serves on the boards of the Mozilla Foundation and WITNESS. In Japan, he was a founder of Digital Garage and helped establish and later became CEO of the country's first commercial Internet service provider.
D.C.-based AIDS UNITED has announced the departure of its president and CEO, MARK ISHAUG, effective February 29. Ishaug is leaving the organization, which was created in January of 2011 from the merger of the National AIDS Fund and AIDS Action, to serve as CEO of Thresholds, a Chicago-based nonprofit focused on serving persons with mental illness. VICTOR BARNES, a senior vice president at the organization, will serve as interim president and CEO while the board searches for a successor.
Volunteers of America in Alexandria, Virginia, has announced the appointment of JONATHAN SHERIN as executive vice president for veteran's affairs and chief medical officer, a new position. Sherin, most recently chief of mental health for the Miami Veterans' Administration Healthcare System, is a leading expert on the treatment of veterans suffering from mental health problems. Sherin also serves as a professor and vice chairman for the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Miami.
The New York City-based International Women's Health Coalition has named FRAN�OISE GIRARD, a long-time women's champion in the fields of global health and human rights, as its president. Girard, who currently chairs the advisory committee of the health and human rights division of Human Rights Watch, recently concluded a six-year tenure as director of the Open Society Foundations' public health program and served that organization earlier as regional director for Southern Central and Eastern Europe and Haiti. Before that, she was senior program officer for international policy at the International Women's Health Coalition. Among her accomplishments, she has played a key advocacy role at UN agencies and UN conferences, including ICPD+5, Beijing+5, the Special Session on HIV/AIDS and on Children, ICPD+10, and the 2005 World Summit on the MDGs. She will succeed longtime president ADRIENNE GERMAIN, who is retiring.
In other news, PND notes the passing of philanthropist JACK ZARROW, 86, in Tulsa. Zarrow, a son of Russian immigrants who helped his family build an international oil business, founded, with his wife, the Maxine and Jack Zarrow Family Foundation, which provides funding primarily to Tulsa-area charities, especially those supporting the arts, children, mental health and Jewish concerns. He also was active on the boards of a variety of Tulsa-area nonprofit, health, and cultural organizations, including the Gilcrease Museum, which he served as president for a time.