The Nathan Cummings Foundation in New York City has announced that LOREN S. HARRIS will join the foundation as vice president of programs, effective May 18. Currently a director of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan, where he manages a $25 million grantmaking portfolio focused on advancing the economic security of low-income children and families across the country, Harris began his career as a program director for the Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center in East Harlem, went on to found KIREN Legacy Enterprises, a social enterprise focused on improving the impact of institutional and individual philanthropy, and served as a program officer for the Ford Foundation's Asset Building and Community Development Program and as an associate program officer for the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation's Pathways Out of Poverty Program. A graduate of the City University of New York, Queens College, he sits on the board of directors of the New York City-based Levitt Foundation and is working toward his MBA at the at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business.
The Laura and John Arnold Foundation in Houston has announced that MATT ALSDORF has been selected to serve as the foundation's vice president of criminal justice. Alsdorf, who joined LJAF in 2011, has helped oversee the development and implementation of the foundation's pretrial risk assessment tool, which is being used or has been adopted by more than thirty jurisdictions, and has played a significant role in building the foundation's portfolio of investments in a number of of areas, including crime prevention, diversion, body-worn cameras, and other reforms at the front end of the criminal justice system.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has named RHEA C. WILLIAMS-BISHOP as director of its Mississippi and New Orleans programs, effective May 16. Currently director of the Center for Education Innovation in Jackson, Mississippi, a nonprofit education intermediary focused on impacting and transforming education through engagement and innovation, Williams-Bishop previously held a variety of positions at the Children's Defense Fund.
New Profit, the Boston-based venture philanthropy fund, has announced that MARCO DAVIS, former Deputy Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, has joined the firm as a partner. In that role, Davis will provide strategic insight and advice to New Profit's Focus Funds, field leadership, and portfolio investing practices and identify opportunities for engaging new populations and communities, increasing pipeline diversity, and enhancing equity and inclusiveness in the social entrepreneurship space. Before joining the Obama administration, Davis held leadership roles at Ashoka's Youth Venture and the National Council of La Raza.
The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) has announced MICHAEL KISER as its new vice president of marketing and communications, effective May 16. A higher education professional with an extensive background in communications and marketing, Kiser currently is vice president for marketing and communications at Lafayette College and before that served as vice president for communications at Colby College and director of development communications at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, after beginning his career in education at Randolph Macon Woman's College.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum has announced that its longtime director, ELIZABETH "BETSY" BROUN, is retiring at the end of the year. Broun joined SAAM in 1989, and her tenure there has been "marked by groundbreaking exhibitions, digital innovation, new educational opportunities, and a push to broaden [the museum's] collections of contemporary, folk, self-taught, African American, Latino, and new media arts.
In other news, HENRY S. BEUKEMA, executive director of the Pittsburgh-based McCune Foundation, has announced that he'll be stepping down after twenty-four years in the position in October. In a tribute on the Pittsburgh Foundation blog, Maxwell King, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Foundation, praised Beukema as "the very best kind of curmudgeon – brilliantly insightful, and very contrarian in the way he assesses potential," adding that "[w]ith vision and style, Hank has made a career of making life better for people in Pittsburgh. In doing so, he paved the way for companies like Google and Uber — organizations that look for quality-of-life amenities and a deep, local talent pool when deciding where to locate." Beukema will be succeeded by his colleague, LAUREL RANDI, who joined the foundation in 2006 and is responsible for grantmaking across its four program areas — education, human services, culture, and civic — as well as representing the foundation in the community.