The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation has announced the appointment of WENDY GUILLIES as president and CEO. Guillies has worked for the foundation for fifteen years, most recently as acting president and CEO, and is credited with helping to drive the success of its strategic plan and Global Entrepreneurship Week initiative. She is, in addition, a passionate supporter of the Kansas City community and serves on the boards of KCSourceLink and Kauffman FastTrac, the foundation's longest-running entrepreneurship education program. In 2014, Guillies was appointed to the board of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and was selected for the 2014 class of Kansas City women executives by Ingram's magazine.
The El-Hibri Foundation has announced the appointment of FARHAN LATIF as president. Latif, previously chief operating officer and director of policy impact at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, earlier spent more than a decade in higher education promoting access for underrepresented, low-income, and first-generation students. As social entrepreneur and interfaith leader, Latif also founded Strategic Inspirations, a social impact consulting firm, and has worked with state and national faith-based organizations such as the American Jewish Committee Detroit and the Michigan Muslim Community Council's Building a Shared Future project to promote religious understanding and inclusion.
The Tow Foundation has announced the appointment of EILEEN WISEMAN as director of strategic initiatives, effective August 3. In that newly created role, Wiseman will manage the foundation's existing strategic initiatives portfolio, which includes programmatic investments in cultural institutions, higher education, and medical innovation. She also will collaborate with the foundation's director of justice programs to support current and develop new cross-disciplinary projects and research and manage new grants and program strategies. Most recently director of development at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut, Wiseman earlier served as executive and artistic director of the Westport Arts Center, was ideas curator for the 2009 International Festival of Arts & Ideas, and was a manager with the New York Revels.
The American Brain Foundation has announced the appointment of JANE RANSOM as executive director. A veteran fundraising executive with leadership experience at several nonprofits, including the Girls Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania, the International Women's Media Foundation, and Women and Foundations/Corporate Philanthropy, she will succeed CATHERINE M. RYDELL, who spearheaded the American Academy of Neurology's recent move to expand the American Brain Foundation, and who will continue to serve as executive director and CEO of AAN. "We plan to position the American Brain Foundation for major growth so that we can invest major funding in cutting-edge medical research needed to cure a whole constellation of brain diseases, including Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, ALS, and many others," said Ransom.
The Jewish Women's Fund of Atlanta has announced the appointment of RACHEL WASSERMAN as its first executive director, effective July 1. Wasserman, who became the fund's part-time director in 2012, is an experienced nonprofit leader and last year was named one of Atlanta's "40 under 40" Jewish leaders by the Atlanta Jewish Times.
The United Nations Foundation has announced the appointment of HANS VESTBERG to its board. Vestberg is president and CEO of telecommunications giant Ericsson, where he has worked since 1988. An advocate for the potential of mobile technologies and broadband to tackle some of the world's most urgent challenges, Vestberg is a founding member of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development and serves on the leadership council of the United Nation's Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
In other news, Stanford University has announced that its president, JOHN HENNESSEY, plans to step down next summer. Hennessey, an award-winning computer scientist who has led the university for fifteen years, joined Stanford's faculty in 1977 as an assistant professor of electrical engineering and later served as dean of the university's department of computer science and school of engineering. "John Hennessy has modeled what it means to be a visionary higher education leader for the twenty-first century," said Steven A. Denning, the university's board chair. "He has guided Stanford to be an exemplar of what a modern university must aspire to be." Provost JOHN ETCHEMENDY will stay on in that position for up to a year but is not a candidate for the position of president. Hennessey has not said anything specific about his future plans but has expressed interest in stayng involved with teaching, research, and higher education.