The Buffalo-based Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation has announced several additions to its executive management team. The new appointments include AMBER SLICHTA as vice president of programs, JAMES BOYLE as vice president of programs and communications, and MAURA DEWAN as director of programs and strategy. Slichta comes to the foundation fronm the Health Foundation for Western & Central New York, where she has worked since 2004, most recently as its vice president and interim president. Boyle has more than twenty years of experience in communications and marketing in the Detroit area and comes to the foundation from the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan, where he served as senior program officer. In her new role, Dewan, who joins the team after spending thirteen years working as a foundation coordinator in the Governor's Office of Foundation Liaison in Lansing, Michigan, will focus on the foundation’s partnership development, strategic initiatives and process management needs.
The Kenneth Rainin Foundation in Oakland has announced the appointment of LAURA WILSON as its first director of health strategy and ventures. In that role, Wilson, who joins the foundation from London-based Barts Charity, will direct the foundation's Health program and work closely with leading medical and scientific researchers to inspire cutting-edge Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) research.
The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has announced that AIDIL ORTIZ HILL is joining the trust as its Health Care Division program officer. In that role, Aidil, co-founder of Youth Empowered Solutions (YES!) and team lead for that organization's Substance Abuse Prevention work, will maintain relationships with various groups — including nonprofits, hospitals, government agencies and local schools — and will convene community and nonprofit leaders in the state around specific issues and manage the trust's Healthy Places NC initiative in Halifax, Rockingham, Edgecombe, and Nash counties.
The Fred L. Emerson Foundation, a private family foundation that provides support to not-for-profit organizations in Auburn, New York, and the surrounding central New York region, has announced the appointment of Hamilton College president JOAN HINDE STEWART to its board. "Her experience as a distinguished leader in higher education and upstate New York will greatly benefit the Emerson Foundation and our philanthropic work," said the foundation's president, Anthony D. Franceschelli. "As a family foundation, we know that it can be very beneficial to have independent directors who bring complementary skills and backgrounds to our board. We are grateful for Joan's willingness to serve."
The board of trustees of the Noguchi Museum in New York City has announced the appointment of MALCOLM C. NOLEN as chair. Nolen, managing director at Signal Equity, joined the museum's board in 2007 and has served as its vice chair since 2010. He will succeed DAVID D. HOLBROOK, who joined the museum's board in 2001 and has served as its chair for six years.
The National Book Foundation, presenter of the National Book Awards, has announced the appointments of CHERYL COHEN EFFRON and JENNIFER RUDOLPH WALSH to its board. Effron, a member of the New York City Planning Commission, oversaw the creation of Chelsea Market as president of ATC Management. Walsh is the head of the Worldwide Literary Department at William Morris Endeavor (WME) and founder of the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award.
In other news, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has announced that ANDREW WATT is stepping down as president and CEO of the organization after ten years of service. Watt joined AFP as vice president for international development in 2006, was promoted to the position of chief programs officer in 2008, and was named president and CEO in 2011. "Andrew leaves an enviable legacy that has brought immeasurable benefit to professional fundraisers the world over," said AFP board chair Patrick Feeley. "His emphasis on public policy, education, and ethics has fortified bonds between fundraisers and philanthropists. Additionally, he has supported the fundraising community by creating strong agendas for advocacy and for diversity and inclusion." JASON LEE, a twelve-year AFP employee and its general counsel, has been appointed interim president and CEO.