People in the News (2/26/17): Appointments and Promotions

People in the News (2/26/17): Appointments and Promotions

The Philadelphia-based William Penn Foundation has named SHAWN McCANEY as its new executive director. In that role, McCaney, who has served as interim executive director of the foundation since November, will oversee its operations, investments, and $112 million annual grantmaking and evaluation budget. McCaney joined the foundation in 2003 and most recently served as director of its national initiatives and Creative Communities grant program, leading some of its most notable work, including the Civic Vision for the Central Delaware, which highlights public access to the waterfront as an organizing principle for redevelopment of the Delaware River Waterfront; a $25 million grant to the 21st Century Libraries Initiative, which helped transform five neighborhood libraries across the city to better serve community needs; and the foundation's historic $100 million grant to support the Rebuilding Community Infrastructure initiative, which will transform the city's parks, playgrounds, libraries and recreation centers into new centers of community. Prior to joining the foundation, McCaney served as associate principal and director of planning for Kise Straw & Kolodner, was a planner with Remington & Vernick Engineers, and served as a consulting planner to a number of municipalities in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.

The Wallace Foundation in New York City has named GISELLE "GIGI" ANTONI as its new director of learning and enrichment, succeeding NANCY DEVINE, who is retiring. In her new role, Antoni, currently president and CEO of Big Thought, a Dallas-based nonprofit that creates partnerships designed to close the opportunity gap through creative out-of-school time programs, will supervise a unit of five staff and lead an interdisciplinary team responsible for strategy and implementation of initiatives in areas such as social and emotional learning, summer learning, and afterschool system-building. Antoni has served as the leader of Big Thought and its predecessor organization, Young Audiences of North Texas, for twenty-one years; before that, she spent five years as its artistic director and, prior to that, was a teaching artist for Children's Arts and Ideas.

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation has announced the addition of JAMES JACOBS as a senior advisor. In his new part-time role, Jacobs will advise on strategic decisions and investments the foundation looks to make in its "Young Adults and Working Class Families" focus area, including finding opportunities and programs that provide skills training and education that create pathways to good paying jobs and increased independence in both Southeast Michigan and western New York. Jacobs comes to the foundation from Macomb Community College in in Warren, Michigan, where he spent fifty years of his career and had served as president since 2008. Prior to his appointment as president of MCC, Jacobs served as director for the Center for Workforce Development and Policy and as associate director of the Community College Research Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College. 

The Weingart Foundation in Los Angeles has announced the appointment of MIGUEL SANTANA to its board of directors. Currently president and CEO of the Los Angeles County Fair Association, Santana is highly regarded in both the Los Angeles City and County governments, having previously served as the City of Los Angeles' administrative officer, where he oversaw the city's $8.1 billion budget, labor negotiations, and debt management and helped it navigate the 2008 financial crisis and recession that followed. Prior to his work with the city, Santana served as a deputy chief executive officer for Los Angeles County, providing oversight for all its social service departments. He also currently serves on the boards of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the United Way of Los Angeles.

KARIN RISI, a managing director of the Vanguard Group in Malvern, Pennsylvania, has been elected to the board of trustees of Vanguard Charitable, a national donor-advised fund that is celebrating its twentieth anniversary. Risi leads Vanguard's Retail Investor Group, which provides investment products, brokerage services, and advice and wealth management services to Vanguard's individual investor clients. A breast cancer survivor and advocate for those affected by the disease, she also serves as the board chair for Unite for HER, a nonprofit that supports breast cancer patients in southeastern Pennsylvania.

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace has announced the addition of PENNY PRITZKER, former U.S. secretary of commerce, to its board of directors. Pritzker served as U.S. secretary of commerce from 2013 to 2017, leading the Obama administration’s trade and investment promotion efforts, including the expansion and institutionalization of the SelectUSA initiative, the first federal program to attract foreign direct investment to the United States. She also chaired the U.S.-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue (S&CD) and spearheaded the administration’s efforts to build stronger bilateral ties with Mexico through her leadership of the High Level Economic Dialogue. Earlier this month, Pritzker, who in her twenty-seven years in the private sector before joining the Obama administration started five companies and led dozens of businesses, returned to her role at PSP Capital Partners as chair. She is also active in philanthropic, civic engagement, and policy efforts and founded and served as advisory board chair of Skills for America’s Future, a national initiative aimed at preparing workers with in-demand skills. She is, in addition, the inaugural recipient of the "Commercial Diplomat of the Year Award" from Foreign Policy magazine; and is a past recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service.

The National Committee for Responsible Philanthropy has announced that JENNIFER CHOI will join the organization as vice president and chief content officer, effective March 15. In that role, Choi, currently a program officer at the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, will oversee the creation and distribution of NCRP's content, which for more than forty years has helped push foundations to be more accountable, transparent, and responsive to the needs of underserved communities. Prior to joining the Chicago-based foundation, Choi was director of institutional initiatives at Chicago Public Media and held various staff positions at a number of nonprofits, including the Illinois College of Optometry, Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago, and Korean American Women in Need (KAN-WIN). She also currently serves on the boards of the Chicago chapter of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), the Illinois chapter of Common Cause, and Chicago Women in Philanthropy.

The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles has announced the election of WILLIAM R. FEILER as chair of its board of trustees. Feiler will succeed LAWRENCE A. RAUCH, who recently completed his second consecutive two-year term as chair. Feiler, a private investor, is a former managing director and founding member of Bel Air Investment Advisors LLC and, prior to starting Bel Air in 1997, worked for Goldman Sachs in Los Angeles for fourteen years.

In other news, global humanitarian organization Save the Children has announced the election of JILL BIDEN as chair of its board of trustees in the U.S. Biden will succeed ANNE MULCAHY, former CEO of Xerox, who has served as the organization's chair since 2010. For the past eight years, Biden served as second lady of the United States, traveling to nearly forty countries and almost every region of the world, while continuing to teach as a full-time English professor at Northern Virginia Community College. "I am very honored to join Save the Children, an organization whose mission so closely aligns with my life's work, ensuring children have a strong start in life, an opportunity to learn and protection from harm," said Biden. "I know the importance of instilling a love of learning at an early age, and that's one reason I became an educator. I've seen firsthand the inspiring ways Save the Children staff, here in the U.S. and around the world, are going above and beyond to help transform children’s futures. It is a privilege to be a part of the team."

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