People in the News (2/14/16): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (2/14/16): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

Vulcan, Inc., the Seattle-based entity that manages the business enterprises and charitable projects of Microsoft co-founder and Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen, has announced the appointment of ANTHONY "TONY" BANBURY to the newly created position of chief philanthropy officer, effective at the end of March. In that role, Banbury, who comes to Vulcan after a stint as UN assistant secretary-general for field support, will be "tasked with increasing the impact of Allen's philanthropic programs, which include wildlife conservation, ocean health, climate, brain and cell science, education, and the arts." 

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, New Jersey, has announced the appointment of DONALD F. SCHWARZ as vice president of program, in which role he will help guide the foundation's strategies and work closely with colleagues, external partners, and community leaders to build a "Culture of Health" in America. Schwarz, a nationally recognized leader in public health and children's health care who early in in his career was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar, previously served as deputy mayor for health and opportunity and health commissioner for the City of Philadelphia, where he oversaw the Departments of Human Services, Behavioral Health, and Intellectual Disability Services and the Office of Supportive Housing, and, before that, was vice chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and deputy physician-in-chief and Craig-Dalsimer Division chief of Adolescent Medicine at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. 

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri, has announced the appointment of VICTOR W. HWANG as vice president of entrepreneurship, effective February 29. Hwang, an alumnus of the Kauffman Fellows Program, is co-founder and CEO of two Silicon Valley businesses: Liquidity, a venture-backed nanotech firm that makes filters for safe drinking water, and T2 Venture Creation, a venture firm that builds startup companies and designs the ecosystems that foster entrepreneurial innovation. He also serves on the board of the Silicon Valley Forum, was appointed to the California Blue Ribbon Task Force on Nanotechnology, and is co-author of The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley and author of The Rainforest Blueprint: How to Design Your Own Silicon Valley

The Carnegie Corporation of New York has announced the appointment of JAMES SHORT as program director for teaching and human capital management. An educator with nearly thirty years of experience, Short comes to the Carnegie from the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where he was the founding director of the Gottesman Center for Science Teaching and Learning. Prior to that, Short spent a decade teaching in K-12 schools, including stints in the Denver Public School System, where he led the redesign of the K-12 science program, and at the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study in Colorado, where he directed a national science curriculum and implementation center. 

The National Geographic Society has announced the election of JEAN CASE, chief executive officer of the Case Foundation, as chair of its board of trustees and TRACY WOLSTENCROFT, CEO of Heidrick & Struggles, a global executive search firm, as vice chair. Case, a philanthropist, investor and Internet pioneer, co-founded the Case Foundation with her husband, Steve, and has been a member of the society's board since 2010, chairing its Nominating and Governance Committee and co-chairing the Search Committee that tapped Gary Knell as the society's CEO in 2013. Wolstencroft, a longtime a partner at investment banking firm Goldman Sachs, has been a member of the National Geographic board since 2008, serving as chair of the Finance and Investment Committee and s a member of the National Geographic International Council of Advisors. 

Turkish Philanthropy Funds (TPF), a U.S.-based community foundation dedicated to improving civil society in Turkey, has announced the election of AHMET BOZER to its board. Bozer, an executive vice president at the Coca-Cola Company, is a founding member of the Coca-Cola Turkey Life Plus Foundation and is a member of the Coca-Cola Foundation Board. "Ahmet is an admired and esteemed professional in the corporate world and we are excited to welcome him to TPF's board of directors," said TPF chair Mustafa Kemal Abadan. "Ahmet's strong experience across both developed and emerging countries and philanthropic vision [will] further strengthen our board's breadth of talent and background. We are honored that he not only uses TPF for his personal philanthropy but also will work with us to make an important and positive impact in our community."

The Council on Foundations in Washington, D.C, has announced the appointment of BRAD WARD as its new director of community philanthropy. Ward, a graduate of DePauw University with a degree in sociology and a concentration in political science, comes to the council from the Dubois County Community Foundation (DCCF) in Indiana, where he served as CEO for the past three years. Prior to that, he was executive director of the Huntingburg Foundation, where he led a merger with the DCCF to create a unified county community foundation.

In other news, PND notes the passing of ROBIN CHANDLER DUKE, a former trustee of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, at the age of 92. Duke, who served on the foundation's board from 1989 through 2000, was a tireless advocate for women's reproductive rights, access to contraception, and family planning in the United States and abroad. Born Grace Esther Tippett in Baltimore, her rags-to-riches story included stints as a stockbroker and print and broadcast journalist; two marriages (to the actor Jeffrey Lynn and Angier Biddle Duke, the scion of two American dynasties); service as national co-chair of the Population Crisis Committee/Draper Fund Parenthood, president and (later) chair of the National Abortion Rights Action League, president of Naral Pro-Choice America, founder of the United Nations Fund for Population Activities, and chair of Population Action International. She also was a co-founder of the United States-Japan Foundation, a director of the World Childhood Foundation and Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation, a trustee of the Institute of International Education, and overseer at the International Rescue Committee. In the last year of his administration, President Bill Clinton made her his envoy to Norway, and Ms. Duke continued to be active in government, business, and the arts well into her eighties.

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