The Meyer Foundation in Washington, D.C., has announced the hiring of NADINE DUPLESSY KEARNS as its new DC program director. In that role, Kearns will develop and manage a grant portfolio that addresses the foundation’s goals in housing, education, employment, and asset building, and will identify opportunities to expand its work in advocacy, capacity-building, convening, and collective action in the District. Kearns brings over twenty years of experience in nonprofit leadership, management consulting, and economic development to the foundation, most recently as the founder of AccessEd, a consulting practice serving organizations committed to preparing low-income students to graduate from college. Prior to founding AccessED, she served as vice president of operations for the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI ) and as executive director of New Community for Children, a DC-based nonprofit that provides comprehensive educational enrichment programs.
The Seattle-based Ballmer Group, the chief philanthropic vehicle of former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and his wife, Connie, has announced that ANDREA (ANDI) SMITH will be joining the organization’s philanthropy team as executive director of its Washington state work. In that role, Smith will be responsible for developing a strategic plan that advances the organization’s existing regional grantmaking and civic activism, identifying new partnership opportunities, and coordinating with its national work and regional efforts in Los Angeles County and the Detroit tri-county region. Smith previously was executive director of external affairs for Washington governor Jay Inslee and prior to that served Inslee as a senior policy advisor, advising him on an array of human services issues, including child welfare, mental health, substance abuse, developmental disabilities, cash and nutritional assistance, homelessness and housing, and veteran’s issues. Before that, she worked for the Washington State House of Representatives as the lead policy analyst for higher education issues.
The Kresge Foundation in Troy, Michigan, has announced ANNA CRUZ as a strategic learning and evaluation officer in its strategic learning, research, and evaluation practice. An anthropologist, Cruz joins the foundation from Harder+Company Community Research in San Diego, where she was a research consultant and frequently worked with foundations and other social-sector clients on developmental evaluation, community engagement, and strategy development. Prior to her career in evaluation, Cruz worked for the Public Law Center in Orange County, California, where she advised clients of their legal rights and gave presentations on domestic violence, HIV/AIDs and immigration issues.
The Science Philanthropy Alliance, a Palo Alto-based organization that provides advice and learning opportunities for individual philanthropists and foundation staff on how to support basic research, has announced that Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation president and CEO CLAIRE POMEROY will join its board of directors. Pomeroy currently serves on the board of trustees for the Morehouse School of Medicine and on the board of directors for the Sierra Health Foundation, the Foundation for Biomedical Research, iBiology, Inc., the New York Academy of Medicine, the New York Blood Center, and Becton Dickinson.
ELLEN STOFAN, consulting senior scientist at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, has been named the John and Adrienne Mars Director of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, effective April 30. Stofan, the first woman to hold the position, comes to the museum with more than twenty-five years’ experience in space-related organizations and a deep research background in planetary geology. She was chief scientist at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (2013–16), serving as principal advisor to former Administrator Charles Bolden on NASA’s strategic planning and programs and also supported NASA’s overall science programs in heliophysics, Earth science, planetary science, and astrophysics. She began her career at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California, and in 1994 became JPL’s chief scientist for the New Millennium Program, where she managed a team of about a hundred scientists working on new technologies. Subsequently, she moved to a position at University College London, where she continues to be an honorary professor, and in 2000 was named a vice president and senior scientist at Proxemy Research, a consulting firm in the Washington area specializing in planetary research.
And the board of directors of PICO National Network, the nation’s largest network of faith-based groups and congregations, has announced the selection of the REV. ALVIN HERRING as its new executive director. Just the third executive director in the organization’s forty-year history, Herring will succeed SCOTT REED, who is retiring on June 1, after a forty-year tenure with the organization. Herring, currently the director of racial equity and community engagement for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, previously held positions as PICO’s director of training and formation, dean of students/assistant vice president for student life at the University of Louisville, executive director of the Working Interfaith Network, and executive director of the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice.