People in the News (4/12/15): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (4/12/15): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced the appointment of STEVEN RICE as chief human resources officer, effective July 6. Rice, most recently executive vice president of human resources at computer network equipment manufacturer Juniper Networks, also chaired that company's foundation. Earlier, he was vice president of human resources and global operations at Hewlett-Packard. “Steven brings more than thirty years of experience designing innovative human resource strategies for global organizations,” said Leigh Morgan, the foundation's COO. "He will lead our efforts to attract, develop, and retain an engaged and diverse workforce dedicated to advancing the work of the foundation."

The McKnight Foundation has announced the appointment of NA ENG as communications director, effective May 4. Eng has nearly fifteen years of experience as a news and documentary producer at PBS, NBC, and CNBC and as a global communications executive and strategic communications lead at a number of nonprofits, including the American Refugee Committee, the Minnesota Council on Foundations, and Mercy Corps. Her honors include an Emmy Award for a story on the lives of the working poor in Alabama, an Edward R. Murrow Award for an investigation into the growth of private prisons, a Fulbright Scholarship, an International Reporting Project Fellowship, and a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans.

The Bush Foundation has announced the appointment of ANITA PATEL as leadership programs director, responsible for both the Bush Fellowship and Leadership Network Grant programs. Patel has served for the past ten years as vice president of racial justice and public policy programs at the YWCA of Minneapolis and has been recognized for her community service with the Hubert H. Humphrey Public Leadership award, Minnesota Business Magazine's Top Six Business Leaders Under 30 award, and a Top Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotan award from the Minnesota Jaycees. She also serves on the boards of the Charities Review Council and the Minnesota Humanities Center.

Tiffany & Co. has announced the appointment of ANISA KAMADOLI COSTA as chief sustainability officer, a new position. Costa, who has played an integral role in developing the company's corporate responsibility program over the past twelve years, will retain her position as president and chair of the Tiffany & Co. Foundation.

The Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation has announced the election of CHARLENE M. DUKES to its board. Dukes, president of Prince George's Community College, previously served as dean of students at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pennsylvania. "Her perspective as a life-long educator and her experience partnering with business and government made her an ideal candidate," said board chair Joshua B. Bernstein. Dukes currently  serves on the boards of the Prince George's County Chamber of Commerce, the Harlem Renaissance Foundation, and the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, and is president of the Maryland State Board of Education.

The Rosenberg Foundation has announced the appointments of CLARA J. SHIN as board chair, SARAH STEIN as vice chair and secretary, and MARCO HELLMAN as second vice chair. Shin, who has served on the foundation's board since 2007, is a partner of Covington & Burling LLP and previously served as a special assistant and fellow in the White House Office of the Chief of Staff and as a law clerk to Judge Dorothy W. Nelson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Stein, president of Hall Capital Partners LLC, earlier worked at Goldman Sachs & Co. and the Fisher Family Foundation and taught English in Guangzhou, China. Hellman is founding managing partner of HMI Capital and spent most of his career at Hellman & Friedman LLC.

The Caring for Colorado Foundation has announced the elections of PAUL MAJOR , AN NGUYEN, and CARL CLARK to its board. Major is president and CEO of the Telluride Foundation. Nguyen, a practicing dentist and community health supporter, is vice-president of dental services at Clinica Family Health Services. Clark is president and CEO of the Mental Health Center of Denver and the current board chair of the Colorado Behavioral Health Care Council.

The American Cancer Society has announced the appointment of GARY M. REEDY as chief executive officer. Recently retired from Johnson & Johnson after a thirty-seven-year career in the healthcare industry that included executive positions at SmithKline Beecham and Centocor, Reedy has fifteen years of experience as a volunteer leader with ACS, including service as board chair. He also serves on the boards of directors of Emory & Henry College, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, and the Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund, and was a charter member of the CEO Roundtable on Cancer. Reedy will replace JOHN SEFFRIN, who has served as CEO of the organization since 1992.

Grand Valley State University has announced the appointment of JASON FRANKLIN as the first W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy. Franklin previously served as executive director of Bolder Giving, which Melinda Gates credited as an inspiration for the Giving Pledge, and was an adjunct professor at New York University's Wagner School of Public Service. He also served in various roles for the 21st Century School Fund, the Rockefeller Foundation's Next Generation Leadership Network, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Office of National AIDS Policy, and the Oregon Commission on Children and Families. 

In other news, PND notes the passing of LEONARD AUBE, executive director of the Annenberg Foundation, earlier this week. Aube, whom the foundation honored on February 11 with a street naming gift at the AltaSea revitalization project in San Pedro, California, joined the foundation in 2003 as managing director and was promoted to executive director in 2009. "Leonard was a crucial partner to me," said Wallis Annenberg, the foundation's president, executive director, and board chair, in an online statement. "He led us as we gave over $2 billion to more than 2,500 nonprofits around the world. He played a central and indispensable role in the creation of LA n Sync and Alchemy, and spearheaded major projects for the trustees....His joy in serving was inspiring; his boundless energy and enthusiasm were a wonder to behold." The foundation recently established a Facebook page for shared thoughts and memories of Aube and announced the appointment of managing director CINNY KENNARD as executive director.

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