People in the News (2/12/12): Appointments and Promotions

People in the News (2/12/12): Appointments and Promotions

The AARP Foundation in Washington, D.C., has announced the appointment of MAXINE B. BAKER as senior vice president for impact programs. Baker, formerly president and CEO of the Freddie Mac Foundation, currently serves as vice chair and secretary of the National Visionary Leadership Project and as vice chair of the African American Nonprofit Network.

The Atlanta-based UPS Foundation has announced the appointment of EDUARDO MARTINEZ as president. Martinez, a native of Havana, Cuba, emigrated with his family to the United States in 1960 and worked his way up in the UPS company from package handler to corporate counsel. Currently program director for the foundation, he also serves on advisory boards for the World Economic Forum, the National Council of La Raza, the Points of Light Institutes, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, and the International Association for Volunteer Effort. He succeeds Ken Sternad, who is retiring after a thirty-five-year career with UPS that saw him direct the company's global PR function as well as the foundation.

The Minnesota Council on Foundations has announced a number of board appointments, including KEVIN WALKER, president and CEO of the Northwest Area Foundation, as chair; CAROLYN ROBY, vice president of the Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota, as vice chair; KARI SUZUKI, director of operations at the Otto Bremer Foundation, as secretary; and NANCY NELSON, vice president and chief actuary at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Minnesota, as treasurer. New directors elected to three-year board terms are BRAD KRUSE, program director at the Hugh J. Andersen Foundation; GARY NAN TIE, a trustee of the Jerome Foundation; and TIM THORPE, a trustee of the James R. Thorpe Foundation.

In other news, PND notes the passing of philanthropic pioneer EUGENE CHARLES STRUCKHOFF, 91. Struckhoff, former president of the Council on Foundations, was a "Johnny Appleseed" of the community foundation world and played a leading role in the creation of a hundred and forty community foundations across the United States, as well as foundations in England, Australia, and Japan. Struckhoff entered the philanthropy sector as executive director of the Spaulding-Potter Charitable Trust and played a leading role in the creation of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. In 1958, he joined Irving A. Fradkin in organizing and developing the charitable model for "Dollars for Scholars," which became part of Scholarship America. He subsequently served as executive director of the Baltimore Community Foundation and of the York County (Pennsylvania) Community Foundation. Orphaned by the time he was twenty, Struckhoff was a self-made man who left a legacy of excellence, passion for education, commitment to justice, loyalty to friends and family, and good humor.

"Minnesota Council on Foundations Elects New Board Officers, Directors." Minnesota Council on Foundations Press Release 02/07/2012. "Martinez to Lead the UPS Foundation." UPS Foundation Press Release 02/07/2012. "Maxine B. Baker Joins AARP Foundation to Lead Four Human Impact Areas." AARP Foundation Press Release 02/08/2012. "Obituary: Eugene C. Struckhoff." York (Pennsylvania) Daily Record and York Dispatch 02/06/2012.