The Houston-based Laura and John Arnold Foundation has announced that MICHAEL DEICH has joined the foundation as executive vice president of policy and advocacy. In that role, Deich will work to strengthen the foundation's partnerships with federal and state governments and will help its programmatic teams bring new research findings into the policy-making process. Deich served was a senior official in the Office of Management and Budget under President Barack Obama and served as associate director of OMB, special assistant to the president for economic policy, and senior director of the National Economic Council during the Clinton administration. He also has served as director of government affairs for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as visiting fellow at the Urban Institute, as managing director of the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution, and as an analyst in the Congressional Budget Office.
The Denver-based Colorado Health Foundation has announced the promotion of MARIBEL CIFUENTES to the position of portfolio director. In that position, Cifuentes will be responsible for management of portions of the organization's grantmaking portfolio and for leading a team of program officers working to bring health in reach for all Coloradans. Born in Guatemala City, Cifuentes worked for nearly two decades in the University of Colorado, Department of Family Medicine in various capacities, including medical student education, health services research, strategy development, and project management. She also served as deputy director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's national program, Prescription for Health: Promoting Healthy Behaviors in Primary Care. Cifuentes is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus with a degree in Nursing.
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C., has announced that PENNY PRITZKER has been elected chairman of its board of trustees. Pritzker, who will succeed current chair HARVEY V. FINEBERG in May, is chair of the investment firm PSP Partners and previously served as U.S. secretary of commerce from 2013 to 2017. In that position, Pritzker was a core member of then-president Barack Obama's economic team and led the administration's trade and investment promotion efforts, including the launch of SelectUSA, the first federal program to attract foreign direct investment to the United States. She also developed the agency's first comprehensive digital and data agenda, negotiated the U.S.-EU Privacy Shield, chaired the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE) program, and served as the administration's point person on manufacturing. Pritzker earned JD and MBA degrees from Stanford University and a bachelor's degree in economics from Harvard University.
The board of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation in Salt Lake City has elected PETER R. HUNTSMAN as chair, effective immediately. Huntsman will replace his father, JON M. HUNTSMAN, SR., who founded the Huntsman Cancer Institute and passed away earlier this month. Huntsman will continue to serve as the foundation's CEO, a position he has held since being appointed in 2015, while SUSAN SHEEHAN will continue as president and COO.
The Association for Healthcare Philanthropy in Washington, D.C., has announced that ALICE AYRES will join the organization as president and chief executive officer, effective April 16. Ayres has more than ten years of senior-level leadership experience in the healthcare field, most recently serving as chief revenue officer at Knowledge to Practice (K2P), an educational technology firm that develops continuing education for physicians and trainees. Before joining K2P, Ayres was an executive director of the Advisory Board Company, overseeing that firm's strategic marketing strategy and execution. In both roles, she worked closely with executive leaders at hospitals and health systems.
In other news, Blackbaud, Inc., a leading cloud software company in the social-good space, has announced that KEVIN GREGOIRE will join the company in April as group president overseeing its Enterprise Market Group (EMG) for North America. Gregoire comes to the company from Fiserv, a global provider of financial services technology solutions, where he worked for sixteen years and played a leadership role in the company's growth. He is also a veteran of the United States Army, where he served as lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers, and has a BS from the United States Military Academy as well as an MBA from the F.W. Olin School of Business at Babson College