Carnegie Hall has announced the election of ROBERT F. SMITH as board chair. A board member since 2013 and the first African-American chair at Carnegie Hall, Smith is co-founder and CEO of Vista Equity Partners and founder of the Fund II Foundation, which works to preserve the African-American experience; safeguard human rights; provide music education; preserve the environment while promoting the benefits of the outdoors; and sustain critical American values such as entrepreneurialism. At Carnegie Hall, Smith has supported the expansion of Link Up, which develops music curricula for more than ninety orchestras; PlayUSA, which provides low-income and underserved students access to musical instruments and instruction; and the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. Smith's election follows a year of turmoil at Carnegie Hall during which the previous board chair, Ronald O. Perelman, clashed with executive and artistic director Clive Gillinson and gave up his chairmanship after less than a year; Mercedes T. Bass has been serving as acting chair.
The National Center for Family Philanthropy has announced the election of four new members to its board — SANDY CARDIN, KELLY NOWLIN, and RICK WILLIAMS, who joined in April, and DAVID WEITNAUER, who will begin his term in October. Cardin is president of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. Nowlin serves as a family trustee of the Surdna Foundation. Williams is CEO of the Silicon Valley-based Sobrato Family Foundation. And Weitnauer is president of the Atlanta-based R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation.
The Denver-based Daniels Fund has announced the election of LEROY J. WILLIAMS to its board. Currently vice president and corporate officer for information technology and services for the Ball Corporation, Williams previously served as chief information officer, secretary of technology, and executive director for the Department of Labor and Employment in Colorado governor Bill Owens' administration.
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden has announced the election of board member and art collector DANIEL H. SALLICK as its board chair, succeeding Peggy Burnet, who will remain on the board. Sallick, who worked in political communications before co-founding Home Front Communications in 1998, has served on the Hirshhorn's board since 2010. The Hirshhorn also welcomed Phoenix-based art collector and investor ADAM SINGER as a new board member.
The United Way of San Diego County has announced the appointment of LAURIE COSKEY as president and CEO. An ordained rabbi with a doctorate in leadership studies, Coskey served for the past fifteen years as executive director of the Interfaith Center for Worker Justice, a multi-ethnic nonprofit focused on improving the lives of low-wage working families.
In other news, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Chevy Chase, Maryland, has announced the appointment of DAVID E. CLAPHAM, M.D., Ph.D., as vice president and chief scientific officer, effective September 1. Currently an HHMI investigator at Boston Children's Hospital, Clapham will succeed Erin O'Shea, who in February was named president of HHMI.