People in the News (3/26/17): Appointments, Promotions, and Obituaries

People in the News (3/26/17): Appointments, Promotions, and Obituaries

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation in Baltimore, Maryland, has named CRAIG MELLENDICK as its new chief financial officer. In that role, Mellendick will work closely with the foundation’s board of trustees, investment and finance teams, and President and CEO Rachel Garbow Monroe to provide leadership and support to all financial activities of the foundation, one of the largest in the United States. Mellendick previously served as chief financial officer and chief administrative officer at Enterprise Community, a national nonprofit organization that creates opportunity for low- and moderate-income people through affordable housing, and, before that, held accounting and finance positions with two real estate investment trusts, General Growth Properties and the Rouse Company.

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in Menlo Park, California, has announced that KENT McGUIRE will be joining the foundation as director of its Education Program. McGuire comes to the foundation from the Southern Education Foundation, where he has served as president and CEO since 2010. Before that, he served as dean of the College of Education at Temple University and was a tenured professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies; served as assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Education from 1998-2001 and as an education program officer at the Pew Charitable Trusts; and was director of the education program at the Lilly Endowment. McGuire  currently serves on the boards of the Wallace Foundation, the Institute for Education Leadership, the New Teacher Project, and the Alliance for Excellent Education.

The Wichita-based Kanas Health Foundation has announced the promotion of DEANNA VAN HERSH to the position of vice president for programs. Van Hersh has served in various roles with KHF since joining the organization in 1998, including program officer, director of program planning and evaluation, and associate vice president for programs, and had been serving as interim vice president for programs since October.

The Nathan Cummings Foundation in New York City has announced the appointment of ARTEALIA GILLIARD as its first director of communications. Gilliard most recently served the in the Obama administration as deputy assistant secretary of transportation policy in the Department of Transportation. Prior to that, she worked in Alaska for the Bureau of Land Management, where she helped amplify the voices of local and Alaska Native communities in natural resource management and energy development decisions, and in Atlanta, where she led social justice and community outreach programs for the DeKalb County Solicitor-General and District Attorney and was a spokesperson for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during the height of the H1N1 pandemic flu crisis. 

The governing committee of the Columbus Foundation in Ohio has named DAN SHARPE vice president for community research and grants management. Sharpe joined the foundation in 2006 and has served as an associate, officer, and most recently as director of community leadership and nonprofit effectiveness in community research and grants management. A graduate of Leadership Columbus and a past co-chair of the Create Columbus Commission, he previously managed digital media for the foundation and served as project manager for easyColumbus, an engagement and retention effort for regional college students.

The Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, a global venture philanthropy firm with offices in Menlo Park and Boston, has announced that BILL RODRIGUEZ is joining the firm as a managing director, with primary responsibility for its international portfolio. A physician, entrepreneur, and global health leader, Rodriguez was a faculty member at Harvard Medical School, where he established a research program on diagnostics and operational research in global health before leaving to become chief medical officer at the William J. Clinton Foundation, where he helped broker pricing agreements of HIV drugs and diagnostic tests between African and Asian governments and the major suppliers. He also was the founding CEO of Daktari Diagnostics, a for-profit social venture focused on diagnosis of the diseases of poverty; served as chief medical officer for the Foundation for Innovative Diagnostics (FIND), a public-private partnership for global health based in Geneva, Switzerland; and has been an advisor to the World Health Organization, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, more than a dozen national government organizations, and numerous start-up for-profit and not-for-profit enterprises focused on global health and workforce training. Rodrigues resides in Botswana with his wife, Rebecca Luckett, an obstetrician-gynecologist, and their young daughter.

The Council on Foundations in Washington, D.C., has named JANELLE CARTER BREVARD as its new vice president of communications. A veteran of Washington communications and politics, Carter Brevard most recently served as director of communications and government affairs at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums, and before that led executive and leadership communications for Hilton Worldwide in McLean, Virginia, and Delphi Automotive in Troy, Michigan. She also served as senior advisor and speechwriter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, as deputy director of speechwriting at the Department of Commerce under then-Secretary Donald L. Evans, and as a speechwriter for former U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole (R-NC).

The Commonwealth Fund in New York City has announced the election of LAURA WALKER, president and CEO of New York Public Radio, to its board of directors. NYPR owns and operates eight public radio stations, including WNYC, the most-listened-to public radio station in the country, and WQXR, New York’s classical music station, and has been honored with ten Peabody Awards during Walker’s tenure. In 2008, Walker received the Edgar R. Murrow award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the industry's highest honor. She also received a Peabody Award for Broadcast Excellence during her tenure as a producer at NPR. Earlier in her career she worked at Carnegie Hall, the Sesame Workshop, the Boston Consulting Group, and Eurasia Press, as well as in print journalism.

The Rita Allen Foundation in Princeton, New Jersey, has announced the election of ANDREW K. GOLDEN, president of the Princeton University Investment Company (PRINCO), to its board of directors. Golden, who has served as president of PRINCO since January 1995, currently serves on fund advisory boards for several hedge fund, private equity, and venture capital managers, including Bain Capital, General Catalyst Partners, and Greylock Partners, and was a founding member of the Investors’ Committee of the U.S. President’s Working Group on Financial Markets. He also serves as a trustee of the Princeton Area Community Foundation and Rutgers Preparatory School.

The Fund for Our Economic Future, an alliance of funders dedicated to advancing economic growth and increased access to opportunity in Northeast Ohio, have elected SUZANNE RIVERA, vice president for research and technology management and an assistant professor of bioethics at Case Western Reserve University, as a new at-large representative to its executive committee. In addition to her university duties, Rivera serves on the national board of the Council on Governmental Relations and has served on the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections and on the Environmental Protection Agency's Human Studies Review Board. Previously, Rivera had university appointments at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and at the University of California-Irvine. The fund also announced the re-election of BRIAN FREDERICK, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Lorain County, as chair and MARK SAMOLCZYK, president and CEO of the Stark Community Foundation, as vice chair. Earlier this month, Frederick announced he would retire from the community foundation at the end of 2017 after nineteen years at the helm.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City has announced the appointment of STEPHANIE D'ALESSANDRO as Leonard A. Lauder Curator of Modern Art and Curator in Charge of the Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, replacing REBECCA RABINOW, who became director of the Menil Collection, in Houston, Texas, in July 2016. D’Alessandro comes to The Met from the Art Institute of Chicago, where she was internationally recognized for her exhibitions and publications on Matisse, Picasso, and other twentieth-century artists and pioneered new ways of audience engagement with modern art. D'Alessandro began her career at the Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, where she contributed to several projects on German modern art, and joined the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Art Institute in 1998, first as a Mellon Fellow (1998–2001), then as assistant curator (2001–04), associate curator (2004–07), and, in 2007, the Gary C. and Frances Comer Curator of International Modern Art.

The Philadelphia-based Barnes Foundation has announced the appointment of BARBARA WONG to the newly created position of director of community engagement. In that role, Wong will oversee family and community outreach initiatives,  work to forge partnerships with like-minded organizations around Philadelphia, and  lead efforts to improve accessibility in programming and content delivery for people with disabilities. Wong has more than twenty-five years of experience in public arts education and joins the Barnes from Providence CityArts for Youth, a nationally recognized community-based arts organization serving at-risk children, where she served as executive director for sixteen years.

In other news, PND notes the passing of longtime philanthropy leader PETER KAROFF on March 9 at the age of 79. In 1989, Karoff launched an "experiment" called The Philanthropic Initiative "to see if the idea of strategic philanthropy, when applied to a broader cohort of donors, could increase impact and encourage greater generosity." Over the years, according to his TPI colleagues Ellen Remmer and Leslie Pine, Karoff "worked tirelessly to lead, inspire, and challenge everyone around him to envision a better world, and to find ways to contribute to that endeavor." As another colleague commented, "I imagine he will be organizing the angels for a giving circle soon." Friends, colleagues, and acquaintances are invited to share their thoughts or memories at, while donations in his memory may be made to the Karoff Fund for Leadership in Philanthropy, c/o The Boston Foundation

"Weinberg Foundation Announces New Chief Financial Officer." Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation News Release 03/20/2017. "Kent McGuire to Join Hewlett Foundation as Education Program Director." William and Flora Hewlett Foundation News Release 03/21/2017. "Van Hersh Named KHF VP for Programs." Kansas Health Foundation News Release 03/21/2017. "Nathan Cummings Foundation Names Artealia Gilliard as its First Director of Communications." Nathan Cummings Foundation News Release 03/23/2017. "Dan Sharpe Named Vice President of the Columbus Foundation." Columbus Foundation News Release 03/20/2017. "Bill Rodriguez to Join the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation as Managing Director" Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Email 03/22/2017. "Janelle Carter Brevard Named Vice President of Communications." Council on Foundations News Release 03/20/2017. "Laura Walker Elected to Commonwealth Fund Board of Directors" Commonwealth Fund Email 03/24/2017. "Andrew Golden Joins Rita Allen Foundation Board of Directors." Rita Allen Foundation News Release 03/23/2017. "Fund For Our Economic Future Elects Suzanne Rivera of Case Western Reserve University to Executive Committee." Fund For Our Economic 03/23/2017. "Stephanie D’Alessandro Named Leonard A. Lauder Curator of Modern Art at The Met." Metropolitan Museum of Art Press Release 03/21/2017. "The Barnes Foundation Announces Barbara Wong as Its First Director of Community Engagement." Barnes Foundation Press Release 03/20/2017. "TPI’s Founder Peter Karoff" The Philanthropic Initiative Email 03/22/2017.