The San Diego Foundation has announced the appointment of DUSTIN KINNEY as director of charitable giving and LESLIE LEVINSON as vice president and chief financial officer. Kinney, most recently regional sales trainer at Sleep Train Inc., co-founded nonprofit Road of Resistance, which works to raise awareness about the civil war in Myanmar and the use of child soldiers in the region. Levinson, most recently an executive at Pierce Education Properties, LP, previously served as chief financial officer of the San Diego State University (SDSU) Research Foundation and as CFO and senior vice president at Flagship Bank FSB.
Carnegie Corporation of New York has announced that THOMAS H. KEAN, a former governor of New Jersey, has returned as board chair. Kean, who was first elected to Carnegie's board in 1990, served as board chair until March 2012, when he took a hiatus and became an honorary trustee. He succeeds JANET ROBINSON, former president and CEO of the New York Times Company, who is stepping down from the board after serving as a trustee for eight years, the maximum. "We are indebted to Janet...[and] grateful for her immeasurable insights into our education program and our journalism initiative, as well as for her work with the Investment Management Committee and the Planning and Finance Committee, which she chaired," said Carnegie Corporation president Vartan Gregorian. "Her contributions to our discussions and our deliberations will be missed, but we are confident that she will continue to be part of the Carnegie family."
The Donors Forum in Chicago has announced the planned retirement of president and CEO VALERIE S. LIES. Lies, who plans to step down in June, has led the organization for twenty-seven years. In addition, she co-chairs the Illinois Attorney General's Charitable Advisory Council; serves on the Governor's Task Force on Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Enterprise Development; and is a board member at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. Lies has twice been named to the Nonprofit Times' "Power and Influence Top 50" list. "There is no doubt: we will miss Valerie greatly, but we are excited about her next chapter," said incoming Donors Forum chair Donald Cooke. "Because of Valerie's excellent leadership we are extremely well positioned to implement [our] new strategic plan — a plan that will increase the collective ability of philanthropy and nonprofits to improve lives and strengthen communities."
In other news, ActionAid has announced the appointment of MARIE BRILL as executive director. Brill has worked for the organization since 2010, starting as a senior policy analyst and most recently serving as interim executive director. Earlier, she served as deputy director of Africa Action, as executive director of the Jubilee USA Network, and as co-director of Quest for Peace at the Quixote Center.