The Minneapolis-based McKnight Foundation has announced the appointments of BECKY MONNENS as international program officer and SHAINA BRISCOE as grants administration associate. Monnens has worked in McKnight's international program for more than three years and before that worked at several nonprofits that provide aid to low-income populations in South America. She is a former employee of Mano a Mano International Partners in Mendota Heights and the Carmen Pampa Fund in St. Paul. Briscoe, who joined the foundation's staff in February 2011, previously worked in community relations at Target Corporation and managed grant requests for the Minnesota Wild's Community Giving Fund.
The Miami-based John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced the appointments of ERIC NEWTON as senior adviser to the president, MICHAEL MANESS as vice president of the foundation's journalism and media innovation program, and RISHI S. JAITLY as program director for Detroit. Newton has spent the last ten years leading Knight's journalism program and before that was founding managing editor of the Newseum in Washington, D.C.; he began his journalism career as a newspaper editor in Northern California and was managing editor of the Oakland Tribune. In his new role, Newton will work with foundation colleagues to pursue strategic partnerships and will serve as a magnet for new ideas across all of the foundation's programs. Maness, most recently vice president of innovation and design for Gannett, also served as vice president of strategic planning for Gannett's newspaper division and helped launch and manage several local news sites across the company. Jaitly, a former Google executive and social entrepreneur, launched and led Michigan Corps, a leadership network working to advance education and entrepreneurship in the state; he will continue his association with the organization as board chair.
New York City-based Atlantic Philanthropies has announced the appointment of EDITH ASIBEY as chief communications officer. Asibey, who joined Atlantic as a communications executive in 2009, has more than fifteen years of experience managing domestic and international communications campaigns around a range of local and global issues, including education, health, and the environment. Prior to joining Atlantic, she was president of Asibey Consulting, a strategic communication and advocacy firm that worked with several foundation and nonprofit clients, and developed two popular guides: Are We There Yet? A Communications Evaluation Guide and Continuous Progress.
The Duke Endowment in Charlotte, North Carolina, has announced the appointment of TAMIKA D. WILLIAMS as a program officer in its child care program area. Williams, most recently associate director of AdoptUSKids' National Resource Center for Recruitment and Retention of Foster and Adoptive Parents, earlier worked at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services' division of social services and at the Durham County Department of Social Services.
In other news, the New York City-based Rockefeller Foundation has announced that managing director ARIEL PABLOS-MÉNDEZ has been nominated by President Obama to the post of assistant administrator for global health at USAID. Currently a professor of clinical nedicine and epidemiology at Columbia University, Pablos-Méndez has led the foundation's global health strategy vis-a-vis the transformation of health systems in Africa and Asia since 2007. From 2004 to 2007, he served as director of knowledge management at the World Health Organization in Geneva, where he established WHO's first eHealth unit, while from 1998-2004 he worked at Rockefeller on public-private partnerships related to diseases of poverty, AIDS care in Africa, and the Joint Learning Initiative on Human Resources for Health.