People in the News (4/22/18): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (4/22/18): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The Roy and Patricia Disney Family Foundation in Los Angeles has announced SHAWN ESCOFFERY as its new executive director. A nonprofit leader, social justice advocate, and professional photographer, Escoffery joins the foundation from the Surdna Foundation, where, as director of the Strong Local Economies program, he led the New York City-based foundation's efforts to create upward economic mobility among communities that have experienced historical economic barriers, including low-income people, communities of color, women, and immigrants.

The Champlin Foundation in Cranston, Rhode Island, has named NINA STACK as its next executive director. Currently president of the New Jersey Council of Grant Makers, Stack will succeed current executive director KEITH H. LANG, who is retiring on June 30. In her role as president of CNJG, Stack shepherded several leadership initiatives, including the creation of the Community Foundation of South Jersey, the Newark Philanthropic Liaison, and Facing Our Future, a landmark effort looking at the systemic, long-term fiscal challenges facing all levels of government in New Jersey. In announcing Stack's appointment, Champlin Foundation board chair R. Kelly Sheridan thanked outgoing Lang for his years of service. "We are very grateful for Keith's leadership over the past eighteen years. "We're also thankful that Keith provided us with ample time before his retirement to enable an effective transition as Nina relocates to Rhode Island to begin her work leading [the foundation]."

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has named AMY POLLACK as director of its Maternal, Newborn & Child Health program, effective May 7. Pollack has more than twenty-five years of experience in domestic and international health and joins the foundation from Medtronic, where she most recently served as chief safety officer.

The Baltimore-based Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation has announced EARL MILLETT as its newest program officer. In his new role, Millett will manage grants to nonprofits serving low-income and vulnerable populations. Prior to joining the foundation, Millett served as COO of Civic Works, a Baltimore-based nonprofit that transforms the lives of Baltimore residents through community service and skills development, and before that served with the Peace Corps in Ecuador as an environmental extension agent at the Charles Darwin Foundation.

The Denver-based Colorado Health Foundation has named CARLOS MARTINEZ as the newest member of its board of directors. Martinez is the executive director of the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado (LCFC), where he leads efforts to expand philanthropy by Latinos and support nonprofit organizations serving the Latino community in Colorado. Started as an initiative of the Rose Community Foundation, LCFC recently announced that it will transition to an independent grantmaking entity in 2019. Previously, Martinez, who is vice president of the Denver Public Library Commission, served as CEO of GLBT Community Center of Colorado.

The trustees of the Ruth Mott Foundation in Flint, Michigan, have announced the election of CHARLES MOTT MEYNET to the foundation's board. Meynet, 26, is the great-grandson of the late C.S. and Ruth Rawlings Mott and the grandson of board chair Maryanne Mott.  A 2014 graduate of Chapman University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in computer information systems, Meynet has served as board observer since 2015.

Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia has announced the election of a new slate of officers and directors for 2018-19. The newly-elected officers are JENNIFER PEDRONI, president (HealthSpark Foundation); ALDUSTUS (A.J.) JORDAN, vice president (Wells Fargo); and ASHLEY DEL BIANCO, secretary (Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia). AMY SNYDER (Connelly Foundation) will continue to serve as treasurer. The network also announced the election of six regional philanthropic leaders to  three-year terms on the board. They are CASEY COOK, executive director, Bread & Roses Community Fund; DIANA DOHERTY, manager, Seybert Foundation; DONNA  FRISBY-GREENWOOD, president/CEO, Fund For The School District of Philadelphia; UMI HOWARD, director, Lipman Family Prize; SHAWN McCANEY, executive director, William Penn Foundation; and KRISTINA WAHL, president, Barra Foundation.

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