The Detroit-based Skillman Foundation has named MARY COLOMBO as senior director, office of the president. Colombo previously served the foundation as director of evaluation and learning and has overseen its evaluation, learning, and performance monitoring activities since joining the foundation in 2005. In her new role, she will focus on strengthening internal organizational activities to ensure strong performance and impact as the foundation implements its Opportunity Agenda for Detroit Children. Colombo's appointment comes after the retirement of BILL HANSON, who served as the foundation's chief of staff for the last thirteen years.
The J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles has announced the appointment of LISA LAPIN as vice president of communications. Reporting to Getty President and CEO James Cuno, Lapin will be responsible for working collaboratively with the Getty's four programs to develop trust-wide communications strategies and communicate the Getty's institutional vision across digital, social media, and traditional platforms. , Lapin comes to the trust from Stanford University, where, as its chief communications officer since 2008, she expanded the overall use of communications technology, Web and social media programs and oversaw a transition from print to electronic daily news production. Prior to joining Stanford, she served as assistant vice chancellor for university communications at UC Davis (2004-2008), as director of UC Davis' news service (1999-2004), as a reporter and editor at The Sacramento Bee and a reporter for the San Jose Mercury News, and as a reporter/stringer for the Los Angeles national desk of the New York Times and a reporting intern at the business desk of the Los Angeles Times.
The Boston Foundation has announced SONI GUPTA, a longtime affordable housing advocate, as director of its Neighborhoods and Housing program. In her new role, Gupta, who comes to the foundation from Home Funders, an affordable housing collaborative where she has served as executive director since 2011, will drive the development, implementation, and evaluation of one of the foundation's strategic priorities: addressing the need for affordable homes for the people of greater Boston, with a special focus on deep affordability. She replaces REBECCA KOEPNICK, who left the Foundation in 2017.
Global financial services firm JPMorgan Chase & Co. has announced JANIS BOWDLER as the new president of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation. In that role, Bowdler will report to KAREN PERSICHILLI KEOGH, head of global philanthropy at the bank, and will be responsible for the foundation’s philanthropic investment strategy and day-to-day operations. Before joining JPMorgan Chase in 2013, Bowdler spent ten years in Washington, D.C. advocating on behalf of Latino families at UnidosUS (formerly the National Council of La Raza), and before that spent a decade in her native Northeast Ohio working to rejuvenate Cleveland’s East Side neighborhoods.
The San Francisco Foundation has announced the appointment of DAVID IBNALE and SAM RUIZ to five-year terms on its board of trustees. ibnAle, the founding and managing partner of Advance Venture Partners, has over twenty years of experience as an investor in emerging growth companies in the technology, commerce, and media sectors. Prior to that, he served as a managing director of TPG Growth, the growth equity and middle market investment platform of TPG, where he led the firm's global technology investing effort. He currently serves on the boards of Above Average, Hytrust, Nativo, Unified Enterprises, UrbanSitter, and UCT Holdings. Since 1980, Ruiz has served as the executive director of Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc., a multi-service nonprofit organization based in San Francisco's Mission district. He is, in addition, a former commissioner for San Francisco Recreation and Parks, a board member at Instituto Familiar de la Raza and the Chinatown Community Development Center, and a former San Francisco Foundation Koshland Fellow, past recipient of the Koshland Award, and former chair of the Koshland Committee.
The Skoll Foundation has announced the appointment of LINDSEY SPINDLE, president of the Jeff Skoll Group, to its board of directors. Before joining the Skoll Group, Spindle served as chief communications and brand officer at Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit focused on ending childhood hunger in America, and prior to that spent nearly twenty years in healthcare communications, policy, and government relations working for some of the nation's most respected commercial and nonprofit organizations, including Georgetown University, Avalere Health, Brookings, and Porter Novelli.
The Health Foundation of South Florida, which is dedicated to improving health in Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe counties, has announced the election of BOB DICKINSON to its board of directors. Before his retirement in 2007, Dickinson held positions with the Ford Motor Company, RCA, and Carnival Cruise Lines, where he was president and CEO. Dickinson also is chairman emeritus of Camillus House and a trustee for St. Thomas University in Miami.
The Community Foundations National Standards Board (CFNSB), a supporting organization of the Council on Foundations that works to advance the community foundation field through the administration of a robust national accreditation program, has announced four new board members. They are: SHARON E. BISHER, president and CEO, Hillsdale County Community Foundation; RHONDA GODWIN, director of administration and investments at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation; MONIQUE B. JONES, president and CEO of the Evanston Community Foundation; and SHEILA KINMAN, vice president for development of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties.
In other news,
In other news, PND notes the passing of veteran arts leader SAM MILLER at the age of 66. Miller began his career in theater and later worked as the founding managing director of the Arizona and Pennsylvania Ballets, and as managing director at Pilobolus. He then joined the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in 1987 and became its executive director in 1990. In the 1990s, Miller founded and directed Wesleyan’s Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance, became the executive director of the New England Foundation for the Arts, and later served as president of Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC). In 2010, he became president of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, leading the organization through notable expansions of its free cultural programming, including the River to River Festival, which he reinvented for a contemporary arts audience and a post-Sandy Lower Manhattan revival.
PND also notes the passing of Dallas philanthropist MARGARET MILAM McDERMOTT on May 3 at the age of 106. After working as a journalist and spending time in both Germany and Japan after the end of World War II, Margaret Milam married industrialist Eugene McDermott, a co-founder of Geophysical Services Inc. and its successor, Texas Instruments, in 1954. Eugene McDermott went on to serve as TI’s first board chair and continued as a director of the company until his death in 1973, while Margaret McDermott, in partnership with her husband, and, later their daughter, Mary McDermott Cook, became active in Dallas philanthropy. Through the Eugene McDermott Foundation, the couple made gifts totaling nearly $45 million to UT Southwestern Medical Center and were also generous supporters of the Dallas Museum of Art, the Meyerson Symphony Center, the AT&T Performing Arts Center, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, UT Austin, UT Dallas, the Hockaday School, and St. Mark’s School of Texas. In 2004, Mrs. McDermott received the UT System’s highest honor, the Santa Rita Award — an honor her husband received in 1969. "Margaret McDermott was a rare friend and visionary," said UT Southwestern president Daniel K. Podolsky in a statement on the medical center's website. "She will be missed by all who knew her, and I am challenged to express fully the gratitude we have for all that she has done. We are immensely grateful for Margaret and Eugene McDermott’s confidence in UT Southwestern, and for all that they did and stood for in this city, state, and nation. The McDermotts' deep commitment to UT Southwestern throughout the years has been essential to our ability to establish and maintain excellence in all facets of our mission, and their legacy of philanthropy has served as an important symbol to others of the importance of private enterprise and philanthropy in furthering the public good."