People in the News (2/28/10): Appointments and Promotions

People in the News (2/28/10): Appointments and Promotions

The Baltimore-based Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation has announced the appointment of DONN WEINBERG as board chair, RACHEL GARBOW MONROE as president, and Judge ELLEN M. HELLER as trustee. Weinberg, a trustee since 2002, joined the foundation in 1993 as corporate counsel and currently serves on the boards of the Baltimore Community Foundation, the Philanthropy Roundtable, and the Jewish Funders Network. Monroe was the organization's first chief operating officer and previously served as the chief operating officer for the Associated Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and as the worldwide director of marketing for the international architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Judge Heller was appointed to the bench of the Baltimore City Circuit Court in 1986, where she served with distinction until her retirement in 2003, and was the first female circuit administrative judge appointed in Maryland.

The Washington, D.C.-based Carnegie Endowment for International Peace has announced that THOMAS DE WAAL and MATTHEW ROJANSKY have joined its Russia and Eurasia Program. Experts, respectively, on the Caucasus and U.S. and Russian national security and nuclear weapons policies, De Waal has worked as a journalist, writer, and NGO activist in the Caucasus and Russia, while Rojansky has served as executive director of the Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) since 2007.

The San Francisco-based Give2Asia Foundation has appointed AL NJOO to its board. NJOO is director of Nations Petroleum, a Canadian oil and gas exploration and production group, and a director at Merrill Lynch Indonesia. Previously, he worked as a corporate banker with Chase Manhattan Asia Bank in Jakarta and Hong Kong.

The Oakland-based Common Counsel Foundation has named RONALD M. ROWELL as CEO. Rowell most recently was the program officer for social justice at the San Francisco Foundation. He also has served as an officer for the Friendship House Association of American Indians, Northern California Grantmakers, Native Americans in Philanthropy, Funders for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Issues, and the French-American Cultural Society.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in Baltimore, Maryland, has named ROSLYN BROCK as board chair. Brock previously served the NAACP for twenty-five years in many capacities, including as a youth board member, youth and college state conference president, board member, and vice chair. She also created the annual NAACP Leadership 500 Summit.

New York-based Seedco has appointed BARBARA DWYER GUNN as president and chief executive officer. Gunn, a longtime nonprofit and government leader in New York City, most recently served as senior vice president for operations and government relations at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and earlier was involved in numerous capacities in the administration of former New York City mayor Edward I. Koch.

In other news, the Idyllwild Arts Foundation has announced the retirement of Idyllwild Arts president/headmaster and founding head WILLIAM M. LOWMAN, effective June 30, 2011. Lowman, an educator, administrator, musician, and patron of the arts, devoted his professional career to promoting the arts and arts education to students nationally and globally. As president/headmaster of Idyllwild Academy he led the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program, grew the annual budget to $15 million, and raised more than $50 million in support for the school.

"Barbara Dwyer Gunn Named President and Chief Executive Officer of Seedco." Seedco Press Release 02/23/2010. "Experts on Caucasus and U.S.—Russian national security join Carnegie Endowment." Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Press Release 02/24/2010. "Weinberg Foundation's New Leaders Take Charge." Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation Press Release 02/28/2010. "Give2Asia Announces Al Njoo to Join its Board of Trustees." Give2Asia Foundation Press Release 02/23/2010. "Idyllwild Arts Foundation Announces Retirement of Idyllwild Arts President William M. Lowman." Idyllwild Arts Foundation Press Release 02/19/2010. "Common Counsel Announces New CEO" Common Counsel Press Release 02/23/2010. "NAACP Elects Roslyn M. Brock To Chair Board Of Directors." NAACP Press Release 02/20/2010.