The Ford Foundation has appointed ACHMAT DANGOR as head of its office for southern Africa, which is based in Johannesburg and serves South Africa, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe. Dangor, a writer, poet, and advocate for human dignity, is a globally renowned supporter of social justice and the cause of freedom. He currently is CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation and has served in leadership positions at UNAIDS, the World AIDS Campaign, and the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund.
The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation in San Francisco has announced that THOMAS C. LAYTON, its president for the past thirty-eight years, will retire at the end of the 2013. STACIE MA'A, who has served the foundation since 1999, will succeed Layton.
The New America Foundation has named ANNE-MARIE SLAUGHTER as its next president, effective September 1. Slaughter will succeed Steve Coll, who stepped down as president at the end of March after five years. A professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University, Slaughter is a board member of the nonpartisan public policy think tank and was the first woman to serve as director of public policy at the U.S. State Department, where she served from 2009 to 2011.
The California Autism Foundation has named JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER as its new CEO. Rockefeller, director of social venture initiatives at the Clinton Health Access Initiative, also has served as executive director of the Regional Cancer Foundation and as managing director of the International Federation of Institutes for Advanced Studies.
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has named ELLEN CLEAR as program officer for its local grantmaking program. Clear has eighteen years of experience working in the philanthropic sector, including more than four years as vice president at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. In her new role, she will oversee more than $8 million annually in grantmaking in the areas of the arts, children and youth, conservation and science, food and shelter, and population and reproductive health.
The Foundation Center has announced VIVIANA BIANCHI as director of partnerships and JEN BOKOFF as director of GrantCraft. Prior to joining the center, Bianchi served as director of development at the Inter American Press Association and held partnership development positions at StoryCorps, People for the American Way Foundation, the National Council of La Raza, and AFS Intercultural Programs. Bokoff most recently served as a program officer for the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund and before that was a paralegal specialist for the Internal Revenue Service.
In other news, the Lois and Richard England Family Foundation has announced the passing of its founder, RICHARD ENGLAND. The former chairman of building goods supplier Hechinger Co., England and his wife established the foundation in 1990.