People in the News (3/25/18): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (3/25/18): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The New York City-based Teagle Foundation has announced that ANDREW DELBANCO will succeed JUDITH SHAPIRO as president, effective July 1. Delbanco, the Alexander Hamilton Professor of American Studies at Columbia University, where he has taught since 1985, has been a member of the Teagle Foundation board since 2009 and has served as chair of its program committee since 2014. A distinguished scholar and the author of many books, including College: What it Was, Is, and Should Be (Princeton University Press, 2012), Melville: His World and Work (Knopf, 2005), and The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America’s Soul from the Revolution to the Civil War (to be published this fall by Penguin Press), he has been honored with the Great Teacher Award by the Society of Columbia Graduates, elected to the American Philosophical Society, and awarded a National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama. Shapiro, who has served on the foundation's board since 2009 and was named president in 2013, will continue her involvement in various nonprofit boards and committees, including the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Scholars at Risk, and University of the People.

The Sierra Club Foundation in Oakland, California, has announced the appointments of STEPHANIE STUCKEY, JILL SOFFER, and JOEL SANDERS to its board of directors. Stuckey is chief resilience officer for the City of Atlanta, where she works in conjunction with the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities Campaign. She previously served as executive director for fourteen years at GreenLaw, an environmental public interest law firm based in Georgia. Soffer, a current board member of the Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund and the Wilderness Workshop, is a Colorado-based philanthropist with a keen interest in the environment, carbon reduction, and sustainable farming. Sanders, a retired partner at the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, remains active in the legal community as a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley-School of Law. He also serves on the boards of the East Bay Community Law Center and the Berkeley Center for Law, Business, and the Economy.

The Lustgarten Foundation in Woodbury, New York, has announced the appointment of KENNETH GOODMAN and WILLA SHALIT to its board. Goodman has been director of the Department of Radiology and an attending physician at St. Francis Hospital, New York State’s only specialty designated cardiac center, since 1988. Prior to joining the staff of St. Francis, he served as chief of diagnostic radiology and chief of uroradiology at the State University of New York (SUNY) Stony Brook. Shalit is an author, artist, and philanthropist; a co-founder of Let’s Win, an affiliate organization of the foundation that was created in 2015; and a co-founder and principal of RTM Ltd., a consulting firm serving clients in business, finance, healthcare, environmental services, and philanthropy. Her work has been the subject of an Emmy Award-winning PBS television special and has gotten global media coverage from the New York Times, NBC, CBS and ABC, among others.

The organization also announced the appointment of DAVID TUVESON, MD, PhD, as its chief scientist. Tuveson is the director of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) Cancer Center and oversees the Lustgarten Foundation's Dedicated Research Laboratory at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. He previously served as the organization's research director.

Animal welfare organization the Best Friends Animal Society in New York City has announced that JULIE CASTLE will take over as CEO effective April 16. Castle joined the organization in 1994 as its seventeenth employee and has helped it grow from a single no-kill animal sanctuary in the Utah desert into a national leader in animal welfare with eight hundred employees, $130 million in annual revenue, and a goal of ending the killing of pets in U.S. shelters by 2025. She will succeed current CEO GREGORY CASTLE, who has led the organization since 2009 and will transition to other responsibilities while continuing to serve on the organization's board. 

The D.C.-based National Environmental Education Foundation, a congressionally-chartered organization charged with reaching all Americans with environmental knowledge they can use in their daily lives, has announced the selection of MERI-MARGARET DEOUDES as its next president and CEO, succeeding DIANE WOOD, who announced her intention to retire last August. Deoudes brings more than two decades of nonprofit experience to the organization, most recently as president and CEO of EarthShare, a consulting firm that develops engagement and philanthropy programs focused on creating tangible progress around sustainability for its business partners.  

The Allen Institute, an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit research organization founded by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen, has announced that conceptual artist TAVARES STRACHAN is joining the institute as its first artist-in-residence. In that role, Strachan, who will be on site every month throughout 2018, will interact with scientists across multiple fields, from neuroscientists and cell biologists to bioengineers and computational modelers. "Art and science both rely on design, imagination, and inspiration,” said Tom Skalak, the institute’s executive director. “Having a world-class conceptual artist like Tavares at the institute will allow for mutual exploration of new territory. Tavares is accustomed to crossing boundaries and has an instinct for direct lines to provocative actions that have produced works of great beauty and reflectiveness."

The Public Welfare Foundation in Washington, D.C., has announced that ANA YANEZ-CORREA, director of its Criminal Justice Program, will be leaving the foundation on March 31 to become director of community engagement for Harris County Precinct One in Harris County (Houston), Texas. Yàñez-Correa joined PWF in 2015 after spending ten years building and running the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition (TCJC), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advanced significant bipartisan justice reforms in Texas.

The Ruth Mott Foundation in Flint, Michigan, has announced that its president, HANDY LINDSEY, JR. will retire in November. As president, Lindsey, 65, was instrumental in the development of the foundation’s long-term strategic plan and has overseen a number of initiatives and projects benefiting the Flint community. They include the opening of a foundation office in North Flint, the implementation of a funding plan for the Flint water crisis, and the creation of staff positions that brought new expertise to and expanded the foundation's presence in the community. Before joining the foundation, Lindsey served as CEO of the Field Foundation of Illinois, as president and CEO of the Cameron Foundation in Virginia, and as executive director of the East St. Louis Community Foundation. He will continue to lead RMF for the next eight months as the board conducts a national search for his successor.

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