People in the News (2/21/16): Appointments and Promotions

People in the News (2/21/16): Appointments and Promotions

The San Francisco-based Jim Joseph Foundation has announced BARRY FINESTONE as its first-ever president and CEO, effective January 1, 2017. A Scottish native with twenty-five years of experience in the Jewish nonprofit world and currently executive director of the Lisa and John Pritzker Family Fund, Finestone previously served as executive director of the JCC of San Francisco, which he built into the second-largest JCC in the country; as executive director of the Isaac M. Wise Temple in Cincinnati (1999-2005); and as a residential camp director in the Young Judaea youth movement in the 1990s. Finestone will succeed CHIP EDELSERG, who has led the foundation as executive director since 2006.

The New York City-based Surdna Foundation has announced the appointment of BETSY FADER as vice president, programs, effective March 30. Fader comes to Surdna from the New York City-based Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, where she had served as advisor for strategy and director of the program on biomedical research since 2012. Prior to her work at Helmsley, Fader worked for more than fourteen years at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, serving most recently as chief program officer, and before that was executive director of Student Pugwash USA, an arm of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization that focuses on science and social responsibility. Fader has served on the boards of Vanderbilt University, where she earned a B.A. in political science, and Echoing Green, a global nonprofit that provides seed funding and technical assistance to emerging social entrepreneurs, and she continues to serve on the board of Power My Learning (formerly Computers for Youth), a national nonprofit that leverages technology to enhance interactions among students, teachers, and parents.  

After nationwide searches, the New York City-based Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has announced the appointments of MAURINE KNIGHTON as director of its performing arts program and SACHA SPECTOR as director of its environment program. Currently senior vice president at the Nathan Cummings Foundation, Knighton has served in a variety of nonprofit- and arts-related roles, including executive producer and president of 651 Arts; senior vice president at the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone; program manager at the Nonprofit Finance Fund, where she established and managed the Community Alliances program of the Cultural Facilities Fund; and managing director of the Penumbra Theatre Company in St. Paul, Minnesota. Knighton also has served on the board of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and Grantmakers in the Arts, and has been a panelist and advisor to the National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts, and Arts Presenters Ensemble Theater Program. Spector currently is director of conservation science at Scenic Hudson, where he created pioneering sea level rise and climate change adaptation initiatives in close cooperation with communities and state agencies while prioritizing land acquisitions and ecological restoration projects focused on the region's most biologically important sites. Prior to that, he managed the invertebrate conservation program at the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History and worked as a field trainer and researcher at Conservation International in Washington, D.C. Spector earned a doctor of philosophy degree in ecology from the University of Connecticut and a bachelor of science degree in environmental biology, with an additional concentration in environmental studies, from Yale University.

The Otto Bremer Trust in St. Paul has named CHRISTINE FUGLESTAD as director of communications and external relations, a newly created position. In that role, Fuglestad, who has more than twenty years of experience in external affairs in the corporate, government, and nonprofit sectors, will focus on increasing awareness of the work being done by the foundation in Bremer communities across the Upper Midwest. Prior to joining OBT, Fuglestad was associate vice president of government affairs at Capella University.

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Chevy Chase, Maryland, has announced the appointment DEBORA L. SPAR to its board of trustees, effective May 1. President since 2008 of Barnard College in New York City, Spar spent seventeen years on the faculty of Harvard Business School, where she was the Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration. A political scientist by training and the author of numerous books, most recently Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection (2013), she is a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences and currently serves as a director of Goldman Sachs, a director of Value Retail LLC, and a trustee of the Wallace Foundation.

The St. Paul-based Northwest Area Foundation, which works to support champions of change in the eight states and seventy-five Native nations of the Upper Midwest and Pacific Northwest regions, has announced the appointment of DUANE CARTER and MICHELLE OSBORNE to its board. Carter, a native of Duluth, Minnesota, has worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis since 1990 and currently is a senior vice president and member of the bank's executive team. Osborne, a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in Washington State, is a senior account services representative for Nike Inc. under the Foot Locker banner and, prior to that, spent twelve years as a property asset-management director in the Seattle area for commercial, residential, multifamily, and light-industrial building portfolios.

Lincoln Center in New York City has announced that RUSSELL GRANET has been promoted to the newly created role of executive vice president, Lincoln Center education, community engagement, and international. In that role, Granet, who joined the organization in 2012, will oversee Lincoln Center International, which provides leadership and training to clients around the world, while continuing to lead Lincoln Center Education (LCE). A consultant before joining the organization, Granet has served in leadership positions at the Center for Arts Education and the American Place Theatre and is a frequent commencement and keynote speaker, conference presenter, and panelist on arts education. He studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Emerson College, and New York University, where he earned his M.A., and from 1995 to 2015 he served on the faculty for NYU's Steinhardt School of Education.

In other news, the Boston Globe reports that MARY JO MEISNER, vice president of communications, community relations, and public affairs at the Boston Foundation, is stepping down from that position after fifteen years in the job. Meisner, who spent years as a reporter and editor at various newspapers and was hired by Paul Grogan shortly after he became president of the foundation in 2001, is credited with helping Grogan "[reinvent] the organization as an influential research and policy advocacy group." When asked why she is leaving the foundation now, Meisner told the Globe in a note that she was "anxious to explore some other things," adding that she might finally tackle a book project she has put aside for years or pursue certain other local and international interests.