The Grameen Foundation has announced the planned departure of its president and CEO, ALEX COUNTS, later this month. The foundation also announced the appointment of DAVID EDELSTEIN as interim president and CEO until a permanent successor for Counts is found. Counts began his international development career at Grameen Bank and launched the foundation in 1997 with $6,000 in seed funding from Muhammad Yunus. Under his leadership, the foundation has grown to $20 million in annual revenue and has more than two hundred employees supporting work in eight countries. It also has spawned several joint ventures, subsidiaries, and companies, including Grameen-Jameel Microfinance Ltd., Grameen Capital India, the Mifos Initiative, and, most recently, Taroworks LLC.
KYLE CALDWELL is leaving the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to lead the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University, Crain's Detroit Business reports. Caldwell, who will join the center on August 1, has directed Mott's Pathways to Opportunity program since 2013. Previously, he was president and CEO of the Michigan Nonprofit Association and led the ConnectMichigan Alliance. Under governors John Engler (Republican) and Jennifer Granholm (Democrat), Caldwell served as executive director of the Michigan Community Service Commission. In addition, he serves on the boards of several state and national organizations, including the National Council of Nonprofits, Independent Sector, Points of Light, and the Michigan Community Service Commission.
The Colorado Trust has announced the appointment of KRISTIN JONES as assistant director of communications. Jones previously served as a journalist for Rocky Mountain PBS I-News, the Center for Public Integrity, the Wall Street Journal, ProPublica, the South China Morning Post, and The Nation. "Kristin has extensive experience writing on health disparities and other topics related to the trust's efforts," said Ned Calonge, president and CEO of the Colorado Trust. "We have many important stories to tell about our emerging work in communities across Colorado, and Kristin's expertise will be essential to accomplishing this and advancing our health equity work."
The Jewish Communal Fund has announced the election of ELLEN ISRAELSON to the board of the Association of Advisors in Philanthropy. Israelson, the fund's vice president of philanthropic services and chief marketing officer, also serves as the fund's liaison to advisors, organizes CLE seminars with partnering organizations, and edits the JCF Advisor blog. Previously, she served as executive director of the Long Island Chapter of American Jewish Committee and as director of corporate and foundation giving at Hofstra University.
In other news, the International Rescue Committee has announced the appointment of TIMOTHY GEITHNER as chair of its advisory board, IRC Overseers. Geithner, who served as U.S. Secretary of the Treasury from 2009 to 2013,will continue to serve on the IRC board, which recently welcomed new board members PAMELA SAUNDERS-ALBIN, FRANCOIS-XAVIER de MALLMANN, and TOM NIDES, as well as returning board member TRACY WOLSTENCROFT. Geithner currently serves as president of private equity firm Warburg Pincus. Saunders-Albin is the wife of energy company magnate David Albin. De Mallmann is consumer retail group global co-head at Goldman Sachs International. Nides is chair of Morgan Stanley. And Wolstencroft is president and CEO of executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles.