People in the News (5/15/16): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (5/15/16): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

MELANCA CLARK, a U.S. Justice Department official, has been named president and CEO of the Hudson-Webber Foundation and will join the foundation in August, the Detroit Free Press reports. As chief of staff of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, a grantmaking component of the DOJ, Clark has been responsible for the administration of nearly $1 billion in grants. Prior to serving in the Obama administration, Clark served with the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law, was a John J. Gibbons Fellow in Public Interest and Constitutional Law at the Gibbons Law firm, and was a Skadden fellow and assistant counsel with the economic justice group of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. Clark's father, Ed, is a well-known abstract expressionist painter with ties to Detroit. 

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Buhl Foundation has named DIANA BUCCO as its next president, effective July 1. Currently a vice president at the foundation, Bucco will succeed FREDERICK THIEMAN, who will take a newly created position based at the foundation, the Henry Buhl Jr. Chair for Civic Leadership. Since 2014, the foundation has focused much of its grantmaking on spurring community revitalization in the eighteen city neighborhoods north of the Allegheny River, an effort that Bucco is expected to continue.

The California Endowment has announced the appointment of HANH CAO YU as its chief learning officer, effective July 5. In that position, Yu, a nationally recognized researcher and evaluator, will be responsible for leading the endowment’s learning and evaluation activities. Prior to her appointment, Yu served as vice president at Social Policy Research Associates in Oakland, where her responsibilities included setting strategic and budget priorities, developing an organizational learning agenda, providing oversight of external strategic digital communications, and staff development. During her twenty years at SPRA, she also served as division director of philanthropy, equity and youth.  Yu earned her doctorate at Stanford University in education administration and policy analysis.

The Barnes Foundation has announced the appointment of SHELLEY BERNSTEIN as deputy director for digital initiatives and chief experience officer, a newly created position in which she will be tasked with embedding visitor-centered thinking into every aspect of the foundation’s work. Bernstein joins the foundation after seventeen years at the Brooklyn Museum, where she most recently held the position of vice director of digital engagement and technology. In 2010, she was named one of the "40 Under 40" by Crain's New York Business for her work on the museum's digital strategy and approaches to social media. 

Creative Capital, an artist support and professional development organization, has named SUSAN DELVALLE as its new president and executive director, effective June 1. Delvalle, who most recently served as director of the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling in New York City and, before that, as director of external affairs and development at El Museo Del Barrio, also in New York City, will succeed RUBY LERNER, the organization’s founding president and executive director, who announced in 2015 her intention to step down from that role after seventeen years. "It has been a privilege and an honor to lead Creative Capital for nearly two decades," said Lerner. "I'm extremely proud of the work we’ve done to help artists realize their visions and develop the skills and know-how to sustain their careers into the future. [And] I feel completely confident handing over the reins to Suzy at this exciting juncture for [the organization]." 

In other news, PND notes the passing of MICHAEL RATNER, president emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights. An attorney, writer, speaker, educator, and activist, Ratner was a founding member of the Guantanamo Bay Bar Association, a group of attorneys from around the country working pro bono to provide representation to post-9/11 detainees at the U.S. military base at Guantanamo, and helped found the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights. On its website, Atlantic Philanthropies noted that "For forty-five years, [Ratner] brought cases with the Center for Constitutional Rights in U.S. courts related to war, torture, and other atrocities, sometimes committed by the U.S., sometimes by other regimes or corporations, in places ranging from El Salvador, Grenada, Nicaragua, Cuba, Haiti, Puerto Rico, and Guatemala, to Yugoslavia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Iraq, and Israel. [His] passion was not just for the law but for the struggle for justice and peace."

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