People in the News (6/18/17): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (6/18/17): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation in Washington, D.C., has announced the election of WINELL BELFONTE and TORI O'NEAL-McELRATH to its board. Belfonte, a CPA and audit partner at CohnReznick, a national accounting and auditing firm, has almost thirty years of experience working with not-for-profit and for-profit clients and is a frequent speaker on not-for-profit and affordable housing issues. She also serves as treasurer for the DC Chamber of Commerce, is treasurer and a board member at the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers, and is an advisory board member of the New York National Housing Conference. O'Neal-McElrath is vice president of external affairs at public policy organization Demos, where she oversees the communications and development teams. Previously, she served as the director of institutional advancement at the Center for Community Change; was the founding principal of O’Neal Consulting, a full-service organizational development practice; and held senior positions with the San Diego Foundation, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, and the United Negro College Fund. She is also the author of Winning Grants: Step by Step, Fourth Edition, and co-authored Nonprofit 101: A Complete and Practical Guide for Leaders and Professionals and Winning Grants: Step by Step, Third Edition. The board also announced the election of JAMES J. SANDMAN, president of the Legal Services Corporation, as vice chair, and the re-election of WILLIAM DUNBAR, co-founder and managing director of Core Capital Partners, to a third three-year term.

Prudential Financial has announced the appointment of LATA REDDY as chair of the Prudential Foundation board. Reddy, currently head of corporate social responsibility at Prudential and president of the foundation, in which roles she will continue, is credited with leading Prudential's work to revitalize Newark, New Jersey, its hometown, through a combination of investments in the physical redevelopment of the city and support for programs that improve and strengthen economic and social conditions in the city. 

The Fred L. Emerson Foundation in Auburn, New York, has announced the election of five family directors and two independent directors to the foundation's board. The new family directors — W. ERIC EMERSON of Auburn, New York; GRACE E. FRANCESCHELLI of Alexandria, Virginia; WILLIAM  FRANCESCHELL of Auburn, New York; ALEX KINAL WAGNER of Brooklyn, New York; and ALIZA QUERNS of Auburn, New York — are great, great grandchildren of the family foundation's founder, the late Fred L. Emerson. They will be joined on the board by ELIZABETH A. AUGUST, a legal writing professor at Syracuse University's College of Law, and MICHAEL F. NOZZOLIO, a partner with the law firm of Harris Beach.

Northwestern University has announced the election of J. LANDIS MARTIN, chairman and managing director of Platte River Equity, LLC, a Denver-based private equity firm, as chair of the university's board of trustees, effective September 1. Martin will succeed WILLIAM A. OSBORN, who is retiring as chair but will stay on the board. Martin received an undergraduate degree in business administration in 1968 from the Kellogg School of Management and a JD degree from the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in 1973 and retired as chair and CEO of Denver-based Titanium Metals Corporation, one of the world’s largest producers of titanium metal, in 2005. He also chairs the board of Houston-based Crown Castle International Corporation, a communications tower owner and service provider.

The James Beard Foundation has announced the election of FREDERIC M. SEEGAL, a senior advisor at Peter J. Solomon Company, as chair of its board of trustees, effective immediately. Seegal, who has served on the JBF board for a decade, including the last five years as vice chair, will assume the role from EMILY LUCHETTI, a two-time James Beard Award–winning pastry chef, who will transition into the role of chair emeritus. An investment banker, Seegal previously was chair of the Parrish Art Museum, president of the American Ballet Theater, and a trustee of the New York City Center, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Neuberger Museum. 

Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia has announced the selection of SIDNEY R. HARGRO as its next executive director, effective July 24. In that role, Hargro, currently executive director of the Community Foundation of South Jersey, will lead a coalition of nearly one hundred and fifty grantmaking organizations that invest more than $500 million annually to enhance the quality of life in the greater Philadelphia region.

North Texas Community Foundation President and CEO NANCY E. JONES has announced that she will retire at the end of the year. The board also announced that executive vice president ROSE BRADSHAW will succeed Jones as the foundation's president and CEO, effective January 1, 2018. In Jones’s eight-plus years at the helm of the foundation, its assets have tripled from $90 million to more than $280 million. During her tenure, the foundation also achieved national accreditation, developed a full range of fundholder services, and partnered with local and regional private foundations to strengthen nonprofit organizations in North Texas. 

CHRISTY MORSE, chair and CEO of the Eden Prairie (MN)-based Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies — the umbrella entity comprising two grantmaking organizations funded by the late Margaret A. Cargill, the Ann Ray Foundation and the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation — has announced that she will step down after more than twenty years in leadership. Morse, who will continue serving as chair of the two foundations and as "CEO emeritus" of MACP until January 31, 2018, has overseen the growth of the organization from a $9 million Southern California-based foundation to a $7 billion global philanthropy that in 2016 awarded nearly 220 grants totaling $240 million. She will be succeeded as CEO by current MACP president PAUL BUSCH on July 1.

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