CAROLINE KENNEDY, the first woman to serve as United States ambassador to Japan and the daughter of John F. Kennedy, the thirty-fifth president of the United States, has been elected to the board of trustees of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. From 2002 to 2013, Kennedy headed New York City’s Office of Strategic Partnerships and served as vice chair of the Fund for Public Schools. A lawyer as well as an author and editor, Kennedy has written eleven books and serves as president of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, chairs the Harvard Institute of Politics, is a trustee of the Asia Society, and serves as a director of the Boeing Company.
The Miami-based John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced the appointment of ADRIANA CISNEROS, CEO of international media and real estate group Cisneros, to its board of trustees. Before taking over as CEO in 2013, Cisneros led the group’s digital strategy and created the company’s three divisions: Cisneros Media, Cisneros Interactive, and Cisneros Real Estate. Cisnero serves as co-chair of Endeavor Miami, which promotes high-impact entrepreneurship, and is president of Fundación Cisneros, the family’s not-for-profit organization. She also serves on the boards of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Paley Center for Media, and MoMA’s Latin American Acquisition Fund and as an advisory board member of Wyncode and TheVentureCity, and recently joined the boards of the University of Miami and Parrot Analytics.
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace has announced the election of ROBERT B. ZOELLICK to its board of trustees. Zoellick served as president of the World Bank Group from 2007 to 2012. Prior to that, he served as the U.S. trade representative and then as deputy secretary of state during the George W. Bush administration. From 1985 to 1993, Zoellick served as counselor to the secretary of the treasury and undersecretary of state, as well as the White House deputy chief of staff. He currently serves as chair of AllianceBernstein, a global investment management firm; assists Brunswick Geopolitical as senior counselor; serves on the Board of Temasek, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund; and is a senior fellow at the Belfer Center at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
New York City-based FJC – A Foundation of Philanthropic Funds, one of the nation’s largest donor-advised funds, with more than $280 million in assets under management, has announced the election of JAMES (JIM) ROTHKOPF to its board of directors. Rothkopf, a CPA, has held senior financial and operating positions at the American Friends of Hebrew University, Hadassah, the UJA Federation of New York, the Peppers & Rodgers Group, Trinity Packaging Corporation, Clarkson Industries, and Esquire's Globe Book Division. Rothkopf received his MBA in Accounting from American University and a BA in history from New York University.
The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation in New York City has announced the appointment of longtime board member JOHN CROSSON as chair of its board of trustees and the election of five new trustees. The new trustees are JASON BURR, founder and CEO of SoT (Security of Things); JOSEPH MONK, senior vice president, financial services and president/CEO of State Farm Bank; CYNTHIA ROTH, president/CEO, West Virginia University Foundation; FRANK RUSSOMANO, president/CEO, US HealthConnect, Inc.; and JODI YELLEN, partner, Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff & Cohen.
New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy in Miami Beach, Florida, has announced the election of JUDITH RODIN to its board of trustees. A ground-breaking executive, Rodin was the first woman to lead an Ivy League institution (the University of Pennsylvania) and the first woman to serve as president of the Rockefeller Foundation. A research psychologist by training, she is also known for her work in the behavioral medicine and health psychology movements. Rodin will be joined on the NWS board by newly elected trustees TRACEY ROBERTSON CARTER, founding board chair of South Florida CARES, a group-mentoring initiative focused on the social and emotional wellness of challenged youth, and MARK KINGDON, an angel investor and former CEO of Linden Lab, the company that created Second Life.
The Rasmuson Foundation in Anchorage, Alaska, has announced that JAYSON SMART, a senior program officer at the foundation whose work has focused around innovative programs in arts and culture as well as education, has left the foundation to take a leadership position as arts and cultures program director at the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Rasmuson will be conducting a national search to find a replacement.
In other news, PND notes the passing of CHARLES C. BERGMAN, a founding organizer and longtime champion of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, last month at the age of 84. Bergman worked as an adviser to U.S. presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Jimmy Carter, and later headed the Institutes of Religion and Health, a psychotherapy training program, before working as a consultant on the formation of a charitable foundation following artist Lee Krasner’s death in 1984. The next year, Bergman took on the role of executive vice president of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and shortly after that became the foundation’s chair and CEO. According to a statement on the foundation’s website, it was largely because of Bergman that the foundation defined its mission as providing cash grants to worthy individual artists in need, and under his leadership the foundation awarded more than 4,400 grants totaling more than $71 million to artists in 77 countries.