In a statement shared via the Grantmakers in the Arts blog, Ford Foundation president Darren Walker has announced the appointment of ROBERTA UNO as director of Arts in a Changing America, an initiative based at the California Institute of the Arts. Uno, who joined the foundation in 2002, previously was founder and artistic director of the New WORLD Theater in Amherst, Massachusetts. "It's a great honor for Roberta to be recognized in this way, and to have such a powerful platform from which to practice her unique brand of leadership in the arts community and beyond," Walker wrote. "During her twelve years at the foundation, [Roberta] curated a profound conversation about the place of arts in a diversifying nation and the role of artists in the pursuit of social justice."
The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has announced the appointment of SARAH E. PAUL as general counsel. Paul comes to Helmsley from the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, where she had been of counsel as well as deputy head of exempt organizations and served as outside counsel to the trust. She succeeds NANCY FELLER, who is retiring after two years of service as the trust's first general counsel and thirty years at the Ford Foundation.
The California Community Foundation has announced the hiring of EFRAIN ESCOBEDO as vice president of civic engagement and public policy. Escobedo, a nationally recognized expert in elections policy and civic engagement, most recently served as manager of governmental and legislative affairs for the Los Angeles County registrar-recorder/county clerk. Earlier, he was senior director of civic engagement for the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund, where he managed programs around elections, naturalization, and the census, among other responsibilities.
The Simmons Foundation has announced the promotion of AMANDA CLOUD, formerly senior program officer, to the position of executive director. During her time at the foundation, Cloud has served in leadership positions for the local chapter of Funders Together to End Homelessness and the Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative. She currently serves on the board of artists collective Our Global Village, chairs the board of human services coalition Texas One Voice, and serves on the advisory committee for the Rice Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. She will succeed LINDA K. MAY, who retired as the foundation's executive director at the end of 2014 after fourteen years but continues to serve as board chair.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has announced the election of JULIO FRENK to its board. Frenk currently is faculty dean at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the T & G Angelopoulos Professor of Public Health and International Development, a joint appointment with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Previously, he served as Mexico's minister of health and was founding director of the country's National Institute of Public Health, served as executive director of evidence and information for policy at the World Health Organization, and held leadership positions at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Carso Health Institute in Mexico City. In 2008, Frenk, who is a member of the U.S. Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Medicine of Mexico, received the Clinton Global Citizen Award for "changing the way practitioners and policy makers across the world think about health."
The International Rescue Committee has announced the appointments of three senior staff as it begins to roll out a new global strategy. CIARAN DONNELLY, who has served in several domestic and international roles since joining the organization in 2001, will become the organization's vice president of international programs; earlier, she worked for the Irish humanitarian agency Concern Worldwide. JODI NELSON, currently director of strategy, measurement, and evaluation at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is returning to IRC as senior vice president of policy and practice; from 2001-08, she built and ran the organization's global research and evaluation team. And AMANDA SELLER, currently head of private fundraising for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, will become the organization's senior vice president of revenue.
The Hepatitis B Foundation has announced the appointments of CRAIG ESTERLY and WAYNE YETTER to its board. Esterly co-founded and is manager of SD Asset Group, LLC and before that served as a chief executive in turnaround situations. Yetter, who had a thirty-year career in the pharmaceutical industry and held executive positions at Pfizer, Merck, Astra Merck, and Novartis, currently serves as director of the SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management at the Wharton School.
In other news, the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy has announced the appointment of PEGGY CONLON to its board. Conlon, recently retired as president and CEO of the Advertising Council, has worked closely with Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama on issues ranging from homeland security, obesity prevention, and high school dropout prevention, and was appointed by former President George Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush to lead the national media initiative for C-Change, formerly the National Dialogue on Cancer. Earlier in her career, Conlon held senior leadership roles at several corporate information and advertising agencies. She currently serves on the board of United Way Worldwide.