People in the News (5/7/17): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (5/7/17): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The trustees of the Johnson Family Foundation in New York City have announced that executive director ANDREW LANE is stepping down after ten years. Lane has been instrumental in creating strong bonds between the foundation and its various philanthropic and advocacy communities, and the foundation, in a statement, affirmed its commitment to that work and its grantees. Over the next few months, RICHARD BURNS will serve as interim executive director as the foundation’s trustees undertake an examination of the foundation’s structure to determine how best to maximize its impact against an ever-changing backdrop.  

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in Menlo Park, California, has announced ANDREA KELLER HELSEL as a program officer for western conservation in its Environment Program. Helsel comes to the foundation from the Western Conservation Foundation, where she most recently served as the organization's national director of strategy. Prior to that, she led the media relations team at the National Parks Conservation Association, where she helped secure critical federal funding and enhanced protections for America's national parks. Helsel also has worked in business-to-business and consumer marketing and public relations.

The Oakland-based California Health Care Foundation has announced the election of CAROLINA REYES, MD, to its board of directors. Reyes, a practicing physician recognized nationally for her work in maternal-fetal medicine, will be returning to California after seven years in the Washington, D.C., area, where she specialized in the care of high-risk pregnancies at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and, before that, at Virginia Hospital Center. During that time, she also served on the U.S. Preventive Health Services Task Force, which advises the Department of Health and Human Services on the effectiveness of preventive medications, medical screenings, and counseling. In addition to her new role with CHCF, Reyes, who is married to Xavier Becerra, the acting attorney general of California, also serves on the boards of Providence St. Joseph's Health and the Catholic Health Association.

During a board meeting hosted by the government of Rwanda, the board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria named AIDA KURTOVIC, its vice-chair for the last two years, to a two-year term as its new chair, succeeding NORBERT HAUSER of Germany, and JOHN SIMON as its new vice-chair. A native of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kurtović is executive director of Partnerships in Health, an organization in Sarajevo whose mission is assisting institutions to build capacity and achieve sustainable improvements in the quality of basic and essential health services. Ambassador Simon currently is founder and managing partner of Total Impact Capital, an impact investing firm, and has served as United States ambassador to the African Union and as executive vice president of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), where he championed efforts to develop a series of social development funds for Africa.

Robin Hood, the largest poverty-fighting organization in New York City, has announced WES MOORE, a nationally prominent social advocate, as its new chief executive officer. Moore, 38, is a social entrepreneur, decorated Army combat veteran, and best-selling author who founded and served as CEO of BridgeEdU, an innovative college platform that addresses the college completion and job placement crisis. He is also the host of Beyond Belief on the Oprah Winfrey Network and American Graduate Day on PBS, and has been featured in USA Today and on Meet the Press, the Colbert Report, and NPR, and other outlets.

The Markle Foundation in New York City has announced the appointment of BETH COBERT, former acting director of the United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and a long-time leader at McKinsey & Company, as chief executive officer of Skillful, a public-private partnership with LinkedIn, the state of Colorado, and local partners aimed at helping all Americans keep up with the transformations automation is bringing to the digital economy and connect them with good paying middle-skill jobs.  

ROSE ANN CLEVELAND, executive director of the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation in Washington, D.C., has announced that, after more than twelve years, she will be steeping down from her position in October to spend more time pursuing her own writing and other projects. 

In other notes, PND notes the passing of philanthropist and longtime Rockefeller Brothers Fund trustee ABBY O’NEILL at the age of 89. O'Neill, a great-granddaughter of John D. Rockefeller, was elected a trustee of the fund in 1958, the first member of her generation to serve on its board. She served as a trustee for thirty-nine years, longer than any but the founding trustees, before retiring from the board in 2000. O’Neill played a key role in shaping the long-range plan for the Pocantico Center, the Rockefeller estate in Westchester County now owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and managed by RBF as a conference center, cultural venue, and community resource, and was strongly supportive of the fund’s programs related to New York City, education, and Asia. "Abby connected so naturally with people, providing a role model for genuine relationships as well as philanthropic excellence," said Valerie Rockefeller Wayne, chair of the board of trustees and second cousin of Mrs. O'Neill. "Abby was prepared for every board meeting she attended and every social occasion she hosted, cheerfully setting a high standard professionally and personally. Being a woman leader when that was more of a challenge — and a mother of six, which is ever daunting — never slowed Abby. I will miss her as a loving relative, and honor her as an exceptional RBF trustee." O'Neill's daughters Catherine Broderick and Wendy O’Neill have previously served on the fund’s board of trustees, and her son Peter O'Neill currently is a trustee.

"Johnson Family Foundation Leadership Transition." Johnson Family Foundation Announcement 05/04/2017. "Andrea Keller Helsel Joins Hewlett Foundation as Program Officer for Western Conservation." William and Flora Hewlett Foundation News Release 05/04/2017. "Reyes to Join California Health Care Foundation Board of Directors." California Health Care Foundation Press Release 05/03/2017. "Global Fund Board Selects New Chair and Vice-Chair." Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria News Release 05/03/2017. "Wes Moore Joins Robin Hood as Chief Executive Officer." Robin Hood Press Release 04/25/2017. "Beth Cobert Named CEO of Skillfu." Markle Foundation Media Release 04/24/2017. "Rose Ann Cleveland Announces Future Plans." Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Announcement 05/04/2017. "The Fund Mourns the Loss of Abby O’Neil, Former Trustee and Board Chair, 1928-2017." Rockefeller Brothers Fund News Release 05/04/2017.