The Walton Family Foundation has announced that MONICA MEDINA will join the foundation as deputy director of its environment program, effective May 31. In that role, Medina, most recently senior director of international ocean policy at the National Geographic Society, will direct the foundation's oceans initiative, which invests in the United States, Mexico, Chile, Peru, and Indonesia to end overfishing, improve ocean health, and preserve coastal livelihoods.
The Helios Education Foundation has announced that VINCE YANEZ will join its staff as Vice President, Arizona Latino Student Success, on June 1. In that role, Yanez will work as part of the foundation's Community Impact team to improve academic preparedness and foster college-going and completing cultures for Arizona students, especially those in high-poverty Latino communities. Yanez comes to Helios from the Arizona Community Foundation, where he has served as executive director for education and public policy since 2013.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has announced that JAMES SHULMAN will join the foundation as a senior fellow in residence on May 16. In that role, Shulman, the founding president of Artstor, a nonprofit organization that makes more than two million images in the arts, architecture, and humanities available to nearly two thousand colleges, universities, and schools, will work on and write about topics of strategic importance, including high-impact philanthropy, the future of liberal arts colleges, and how digital technologies can support more diversity and inclusiveness.
The Henry Luce Foundation has announced the election of JOHN HAMRE and PAULINE YU to its board of directors. Hamre, president and CEO of the Center for Strategic and International Studies since 2000, previously served as U.S. deputy secretary of defense, as undersecretary of defense (comptroller), and as a professional staff member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Before becoming president of the American Council of Learned Societies in 2003, Yu served as dean of humanities in the College of Letters and Science at the University of California, Los Angeles and professor of East Asian languages and cultures (1994-2003), was founding chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of California, Irvine (1989-1994), and served on the faculty of Columbia University (1985-89) and the University of Minnesota (1976-85).
The Health Foundation of South Florida, the largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and well-being of residents and communities in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, has announced the election of MICHAEL DE LUCCA to its board of directors. De Lucca is president and chief executive officer for the Broward Regional Health Planning Council, where he directs a staff of approximately two hundred professionals and a budget of more than $100 million.
CHRISTOPHER BEDFORD, director of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, has been named the new director of the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Boston Globe reports. Bedford arrived at the Rose in 2012 "with a mandate to enliven the museum, and over the next four years…oversaw a variety of exhibits, presenting the works of [Mark] Bradford, Lisa Yuskavage, and Mark Dion" andalso helped secure a major donation of art from computer programmer and philanthropist Peter Norton. "Every time we have an exhibit now, it feels like you’re down in the Meatpacking District in New York," said the university's interim president, Lisa M. Lynch. "It's the place to be." Bradford will assume his new position at BMA on August 15.
The Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund has announced that Vice President of Finance MICHAEL BLAKE will step down in December. Blake, who has served in that role for twenty-two years, is, in addition, a past president of the Foundation Financial Officers Group and served as a senior Peace Corps official in Africa.
In other news, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced that BEVERLY BLAKE, its program director for Macon, will retire in June. Blake joined the foundation in 2004 and led its efforts to establish the College Hill Alliance in Macon with an initial $2 million investment from Knight. She also spearheaded a range of foundation initiatives and investments in the city, including the Knight Neighborhood Challenge, the Historic Macon Beall's Hill revitalization project, the Knight Cities Challenge, and the Downtown Challenge. From 2005-06, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Blake served as the foundation's interim program director in Biloxi, Mississippi. "Beverly has been a tireless and effective representative of the Knight tradition, working to build a stronger, more informed and engaged Macon," said Knight Foundation president Alberto Ibargüen. "She went straight at problems and went around them. Ultimately, she brought energy, vision, and resources to Macon and pride to Knight."