The Center for Effective Philanthropy has announced the appointment of MARY KAY LEONARD as its first director of advisory services. Leonard has more than thirty years of experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, most recently as an independent consultant, and previously held leadership positions at several organizations, including the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, Community Builders, Inc., United Way of America, and United Way of Massachusetts Bay. Earlier, she served as commissioner of the Massachusetts Office for Children, as chief legal counsel for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, and as an adjunct faculty member at the UMass-Boston and Northeastern schools of law. Leonard currently serves on the boards of the United Way of Mass Bay Merrimack Valley, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Mass Foundation, and Imagine Tolerance.
The Science Philanthropy Alliance, a coalition of nonprofits and foundations dedicated to increasing investment in basic science research, has announced the appointment of MARC KASTNER as its first president, effective March 15. Kastner, a physicist who has served on the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 1973, most recently as dean of science, also was nominated by President Obama to serve as director of the Office of Science at the Department of Energy. "This is a critical time for basic science, with federal support declining in real terms, even as the need for this research is more important than ever for providing the basis of new advances in medicine and technology, providing a deeper understanding of our place in the universe, and attracting young people to study mathematics and science," he noted. "While philanthropy can never replace federal support for basic research, its role has always been key to progress in science, and that role is now growing. I deeply appreciate this extraordinary opportunity to fulfill the alliance's goal of both broadening and deepening the nation's philanthropic support for science."
Commonfund has announced the hire of CELESTE R. BARONE as chief financial officer for its wholly owned subsidiary, Commonfund Capital. Barone, previously managing director of finance and chief compliance officer for Pomona Capital, earlier held financial management positions at several firms, including LyonRoss Capital, Dillon, Read & Co., and Drexel Burnham. She will succeed LINDA COSTA, who is retiring but will remain with the firm as treasurer through early summer. In July, Barone will hold both the CFO and treasurer titles.
In other news, the Alliance for Nonprofit Management has announced the elections of ANNIE HERNANDEZ and TERRY HORTON to its board. Hernandez is the inaugural program director for youth philanthropy at the Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation and also leads its Youth Philanthropy Connect (YPC) effort as well as NextGen programs. Previously, she served as program director for the Lumpkin Family Foundation, one of YPC's core partners, developed the Good Works Connect network in Illinois, and served in a variety of roles with public and nonprofit institutions, including a nonprofit management support organization, the State of Indiana's rural affairs department, and the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership at the University of Georgia. Horton, nonprofit services senior program manager at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University, also provides program management support to several Michigan-based foundations and serves as an adjunct professor in nonprofit governance and strategic planning at GVSU’s School of Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration. Earlier, she worked in Alaska as senior consultant to the Foraker Group, was executive director of a local Habitat for Humanity affiliate, and served as resident director for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, where she consulted for nonprofit organizations in Central Asia and Russia.