People in the News (5/27/18): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (5/27/18): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation in New York City has announced the appointment of ELIZABETH DUGGAL as deputy director and chief operating officer, succeeding MARC STEGLITZ, who is retiring in June after sixteen years. Duggal, who comes to the Guggenheim from the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, where she has served as deputy director since June 2014, will oversee all operations of the Guggenheim’s landmark museum in New York, as well as administrative responsibilities for overseas affiliate museums and global projects. Before joining the Smithsonian, Duggal was an executive for the British Museum Development Trust in London and held positions in several financial institutions, including Fidelity Investment Services Ltd. and American Express Europe Ltd.

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund in New York City has announced the appointment of MIA VUKOJEVIC as program director for its Western Balkans Program. Vukojević’s career in public service spans nearly twenty-five years and five continents, and includes service at the Oak Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland, where since 2015 she has served as a program officer for the Issues Affecting Women Program; the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, where she was a monitoring and reporting officer for the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine; and as executive director for the Trag Foundation in Serbia, an RBF grantee that supports active citizen participation in social and democratic institutions and acts as a hub for local civil society organizations. Vukojević began her career at Oxfam Great Britain and then Oxfam Canada.

The Surdna Foundation has announced the hiring of JOSHUA ELLIOTT as human resources and administration manager, in which role he will be responsible for all aspects of human resources, including employee development, organizational culture, recruiting, training and benefits. Elliott most recently served as human resources manager for LifeH2H, a company providing medical care to people in the comfort of their own homes. 

CLARENCE G. NEWSOME, a former president of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and  Shaw University, has been elected a trustee of the Duke Endowment in Charlotte, North Carolina. A triple alumnus of Duke University (BA ’72, MDiv ’75, PhD Religion ’82), Newsome served as the thirteenth president of Shaw University from 2003 until 2009 and as president of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, from 2013 to March 2017. The center, which opened in 2004 as a history museum, shares stories of freedom’s heroes, from the era of the Underground Railroad to contemporary times, and convenes dialogue on freedom and human rights.

The Daniels Fund, a private charitable foundation dedicated to making life better for the people of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming, has announced the election of MARGARET KELLY to its board of directors. Kelly, who retired as CEO of RE/MAX, LLC in 2015, was appointed to the board of directors of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank – Denver Branch in 2010 and became chair in 2015. Kelly received the Warren Bennis Leadership Award in 2014, was named one of the Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Denver in 2013, and was named one of the Outstanding Women in Business by the Denver Business Journal in 2012.

The Council on Foundations in Alexandria, Virginia, has named RUTH LaTOISON IFILL as its new vice president of diversity, equity, and inclusion. In that role, Ifill will lead the council’s efforts to develop and implement strategic initiatives, tools, educational programs, and opportunities that foster a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion among philanthropic organizations nationwide. Ifill joins the council from Goodwull Industries International, where she served as manager of national career development services for veterans and military family members and spearheaded initiatives to improve organizational understanding of and engagement with diversity and inclusion issues internally and in programmatic implementation. A military spouse, Ifill also led a $5 million initiative to support veterans and military family members as they transitioned to civilian life after military service.

The National Recreation and Park Association in Ashburn, Virginia, has announced the election of CAROL COLETTA to a three-year term on its board. A senior fellow with the Kresge Foundation’s American Cities Practice, Coletta currently is on loan to the Memphis River Parks Partnership as the organization’s president and CEO. Prior to her service with Kresge, Coletta served as vice president of Community and National Initiatives for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as president and CEO of CEOs for Cities, as executive director of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, and as host and producer of Smart City, a nationally syndicated weekly public radio show.

The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group has announced that its founding executive director, THOMAS C. SKALAK will step down on May 31 in order to pursue new scientific leadership opportunities. Skalak was recruited by Paul Allen and Allen Institute CEO Allan Jones in 2015 from the University of Virginia with the vision of creating a broad portfolio of external bioscience investments. The outcome was the creation in 2016 of the Frontiers Group, which works to uncover and promote the emerging frontiers of science, identify pioneering explorers who are creating new knowledge, and produce important solutions that make the world better. Starting in 2018, the Allen Institute is moving towards a greater focus on integrating its substantive intramural programs with extramural research, and Skalak has decided to seek creative growth opportunities elsewhere. “Under Tom Skalak’s leadership, the frontier scientific impact produced by the Allen Distinguished Investigators has been exceptionally high,” said Allen Institute CEO Jones. “Dr. Skalak has brought substantial new partnerships to our organization, at both the individual and institutional level, through his outstanding professional and scientific network. He spearheaded our first Bioscience and Philanthropy Summit in 2017, which attracted attendees representing over $350B in private capital. We are grateful for his leadership and have benefited from his ability to curate talent, judge frontier ideas, create and execute international-scale science programs, and act as an ambassador for our major initiatives.”

"Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation Welcomes Elizabeth Duggal as Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer." Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation Press Release 05/24/2018. "Mia Vukojević Joins the RBF to Lead Western Balkans Program." Rockefeller Brothers Fund News Release 05/18/2018. "Joshua Elliott Joins Surdna as Human Resources & Administration Manager." Surdna Foundation News Release 05/22/2018. Crystal Parker. "Dr. Clarence Newsome Elected Trustee of the Duke Endowment." Roanoke-Chowan News Herald 05/21/2018. "Margaret Kelly Elected to Daniels Fund Board of Directors." Daniels Fund News Release 05/24/2018. "Council on Foundations Names New Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion." Council on Foundations News Release 05/22/2017. "Carol Coletta Elected to Serve on the National Recreation and Park Association’s Board of Directors." National Recreation and Park Association Press Release 05/24/2018. "Executive Director of The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group to Depart." Paul G. Allen Institute Press Release 05/24/2018.