People in the News (3/12/17): Appointments and Promotions

People in the News (3/12/17): Appointments and Promotions

The Ford Foundation has announced the appointment of PRADEEP NAIR as regional director for its office serving India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. In that role, Nair will guide the foundation's operations in New Delhi, serving three countries with a staff of more than thirty. Nair previously served as India country director for the U.S.-based Institute for Sustainable Communities, where he established the organization's India office and was instrumental in forming relationships with the government of India, the private sector, and NGO communities across Asia. Earlier, as director of President Bill Clinton's Climate Initiative in India, he helped grow the regional chapter of the global cities network, which is chaired by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg; helped foster investments in clean energy by India's large state governments; and advised government agencies in India on key health and environmental policies. Nair will assume his new position at the end of March, succeeding DAVID HULSE, who since November 2015 has served as interim director of the foundation's New Delhi office while continuing to lead its office in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, which focuses its efforts on the late Ralph Wilson’s home and adopted home regions of southeast Michigan and western New York, has announced that with the addition of eight new staff members, it has filled all seventeen of its staff positions. The new hires include three program officers: KIMBERLY FAISON, SUSAN DUNDON, and MALIA XIE; communications officer CARLY STRACHAN; research associate AVERY EEINIGENBURG; and administrative assistants EBONY ANNETTE JONES, AMY PARTRIDGE, and DONNA SALIVE.

The San Diego Foundation has announced that XAVIER LEONARD has joined the foundation as director of the Malin Burnham Center for Civic Engagement (CCE), which works to bring about sustainable change and measure the quality of life across San Diego County. A former public technology and data strategist for the City of San Diego Civic Innovation Lab and a co-founder of FAB LAB San Diego, Leonard also served as a chairperson for the California Broadband Policy Network, where he advocated for inclusion of community-based organizations as beneficiaries of California's Teleconnect Fund and for policies aimed at improving access to Internet technologies and digital opportunities for underserved communities.

Politico reports that former President Barack Obama has appointed YOHANNES ABRAHAM as a senior adviser to the Obama Foundation. In what is expected to be at least a six-month stint as the top deputy to foundation chief executive officer DAVID SIMAS, Obama's former White House political director, Abraham, a former chief of staff to top Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, will help run day-to-day operations at the foundation, focusing on building the structure and recruiting and managing the staff.

The Robin Hood Foundation, the largest poverty-fighting organization in New York City, has announced the appointment of five new board members. The new board members are KAYA HENDERSON, former chancellor of DC Public Schools; JOHN KING, JR., former secretary of education under President Barack Obama and current leader of the Education Trust; JOEL S. MARCUS, chairman, chief executive officer, and founder of Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. and Alexandria Venture Investments; DAVID SALTZMAN, the organization’ co-founder and former executive director; and MARTA TIENDA, Maurice P. During ’22 professor of demographic studies, professor of sociology and public affairs at Princeton University, and former director of the Office of Population Research. The organization also announced that MICHAEL WEINSTEIN, its chief program officer for fourteen years, will be leaving in March to become executive director of Impact Matters, a global impact assessment charity. In his new role, Weinstein will help charities around the world implement the rigorous metrics he created at Robin Hood. Following Weinstein's departure, EMARY ARONSON, a key member of the Robin Hood staff for nearly two decades, will serve as acting chief program officer.

JOHN D. NASH, president and CEO of Franciscan Children's in Boston, has been elected to the board of trustees of the Children’s Hospital Association, the national voice of more than two hundred children's hospitals nationwide. Nash has more than thirty years of healthcare experience, including twelve years as the executive vice president and chief operating officer at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Prior to joining Franciscan Children's, he served as associate vice president and chief operating officer at the Boston University National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories and served two years as senior vice president and general manager at University Hospitals of Cleveland.   

In other news, the Phoenix-based Flinn Foundation has announced that JACK B. JEWETT will retire as president and CEO at the end of September. Jewett was hired as the foundation’s second CEO in 2009 after previously serving on the Arizona Board of Regents (1998-2006), including a term as president; serving five terms in the Arizona House of Representatives (1983-1992); holding senior public policy and government relations positions with Tucson Medical Center for thirteen years; and serving as president of Territorial Newspapers, a family-owned publishing and printing company in Tucson. Under Jewett’s leadership, the foundation established the nonpartisan Arizona Center for Civic Leadership and its flagship Flinn-Brown Academy, whose network of current and future state-level leaders today numbers two hundred and sixty members; launched a Bioscience Entrepreneurship Program to benefit promising Arizona startup firms; updated Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap; launched a new direction in arts giving focused on bringing financial stability to organizations; celebrated the foundation's fiftieth anniversary; and enhanced the foundation's Scholars Program by offering professional internships to scholars at leading Arizona businesses and organizations. "Jack has provided tremendous leadership to the foundation and to Arizona over many years," said Dr. David J. Gullen, chair of the foundation's board of directors. "Flinn's new initiatives during his tenure have complemented and strengthened the foundation’s longtime goals and programs." Russell Reynolds Associates has been hired by the foundation to conduct a national search to replace Jewett. 

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