People in the News (3/19/17): Appointments, Promotions and Obituaries

People in the News (3/19/17): Appointments, Promotions and Obituaries

The William T. Grant Foundation in New York City has announced the appointment of ROSANNA AYBAR as vice president, finance and administration, succeeding DEBORAH McGINN, who is retiring, effective March 31. Aybar brings more than two decades of experience in the nonprofit field to the foundation, most recently as chief financial officer/chief administrative officer of the Posse Foundation, an organization that provides educational opportunities in communities across the U.S. Prior to joining Posse, Aybar served as accountant and assistant to chief investment officer and VP of finance at the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation.

The board of directors of the LEGO Foundation in Billund, Denmark, has announced the appointment of JOHN GOODWIN as its new CEO, effective April 1. Goodwin joined the LEGO Group in 2012 as chief financial officer and at the same time took on the responsibility of the Business Enabling area, including IT, Legal, Procurement, Business Services, CSR, and Corporate Affairs. After Hanne Rasmussen decided to step down as CEO of the foundation earlier this year, the board of the foundation approached Goodwin about the job and he accepted.

The board of directors of the New York Philharmonic has announced DEBORAH BORDA as its next president and chief executive officer, succeeding MATTHEW VanBESIEN who has held the chief administrative post since 2012, effective September 15. The board also announced that Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer BILL THOMAS will become executive director, effective May 1. Borda has served as president and CEO of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 2000, having previously served in the same capacity at the New York Philharmonic during the 1990s. Borda's return to the philharmonic will coincide with the arrival of JAAP VAN ZWEDEN as music director designate.

The board of directors of Concern Worldwide U.S., the U.S. affiliate of nonprofit international humanitarian organization Concern Worldwide in Dublin, has announced the appointment of current board member and JetBlue executive vice president JOANNA GERAGHTY as its new chair and COLLEEN A. KELLY, most recently managing director at brand experience agency SET Creative, as it new chief executive officer. Before joining JetBlue in 2005, Geraghty, who has served as a member of the Concern Worldwide U.S. board since 2014, was a partner in the litigation section at Holland & Knight in New York. She will succeed THOMAS J. MORAN, who has served as chair since 2001 and will continue to serve on the board. Kelly joins the organization from global brand experience agency SET Creative, where she served as managing director. Prior to that, she was a partner and managing director of Triptent and, concurrently, served as managing director of Product of the Year USA. Earlier, she spent more than a decade as a founding partner, media director, and director of business development for advertising agency Deutsch LA. She will succeed JACK HAIRE, who will return to the board, where he served for eighteen years before being named CEO a year ago.

ReFED, a collaboration of over thirty business, nonprofit, foundation and government leaders committed to reducing United States food waste in the United States, has named CHRIS COCHRAN, Walmart’s senior manager of corporate sustainability, as its first executive director, effective in April. At Walmart, Cochran led development of the company’s first end-to-end food waste model and its initiative to reduce food waste in its supply chain and also managed the company’s Direct Farm initiative, which formed long-term purchasing relationships with growers in Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Before joining Walmart, Cochran held positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York and CARE International in Honduras, where he worked on an agricultural development project that benefited seven hundred and fifty smallholder farm families. SARAH VARED, who has served as ReFED's interim director since its formation in early 2015, will continue to support the organization as needed in her role as a principal at MissionPoint Partners.

In other news, the Chicago Community Trust has announced that TERRY MAZANY, its president and CEO, will step down at the end of September after sixteen years at the trust, thirteen as president and CEO. Under Mazany's leadership, the foundation has doubled in size and more than tripled its grantmaking, significantly increasing its impact on metropolitan Chicago. "Terry has made a real and lasting difference for Chicago, transforming the trust into a dynamic and fast-growing community foundation that has become a significant force for good in Chicago," said Michael W. Ferro, Jr., chairman of the trust's executive committee. "The board is deeply appreciative of Terry's leadership, accomplishments, loyalty, and personal dedication to the trust and the communities we serve. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors." The executive committee of the trust will begin the search for the trust’s next CEO, who will be just the seventh leader in the 102-year history of the foundation.

The board of the Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C, has announced that WALTER ISAACSON plans to step down as the institute's president and CEO at the end of the year. Isaacson joined Aspen in 2003 after a distinguished career in journalism that included posts as managing editor of TIME magazine and as chairman and CEO of CNN. In his fourteen years at Aspen, Isaacson spearheaded efforts to develop the Aspen Ideas Festival and other public convenings, including a global leadership network of fellows; new policy programs focused on critical issues such as cyber security, health and medicine, and race and identity; and engagement; and an expansion of international partnerships operating throughout the world. His fundraising prowess also enabled an expansion and renovation of the institute’s Aspen Meadows campus in Aspen, Colorado; the addition of new talent to the organization's staff; and an expansion of international partnerships around the world. Post-Aspen, Isaacson will join the history department at Tulane University as university professor and will become an advisory partner at firm global financial services Perella Weinberg Partners, where he currently serves on the board.

PND also notes the passing of RICHARD MAGAT, writer, philanthropic leader, and good friend of the Foundation Center, on March 13 at the age of 87. Born in New Haven, Magat grew up in the Bronx, graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School and New York University, then worked as a newspaper reporter. In 1957, he began a 25-year career at the Ford Foundation, where he served as director of communications until 1982. Appointed president of the Edward W. Hazen Foundation in 1983, his initiatives there included the first study of black philanthropy with the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. During his time at Hazen, he also served as a senior consultant to the Council on Foundations, was a visiting fellow at Yale University's Program on Nonprofit Organizations and a visiting fellow at the Foundation Center, and served as editor-in-chief of the Landmarks in Philanthropy Project for Harvard University's Hauser Center on Nonprofit Organizations. Among his many publications, Magat co-authored "Community Control and the Urban School" (1970), about the 1968 New York City teachers strike and the Brooklyn community of Ocean Hill-Brownsville; "The Ford Foundation at Work: Philanthropic Choices, Methods and Styles" (1979); and "Unlikely Partners: Philanthropic Foundations and the Labor Movement" (1998).  He is survived by his wife of sixty-eight years, Gloria; his children, Gordon Magat (Beverly Feinberg) and Claudia Keenan (Jeffrey); and his grandchildren, Dylan Keenan (Laura Pisarello), Sam Keenan (Katie), and Daniel Magat.

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