The Walton Family Foundation in Bentonville, Arkansas, has announced that KYLE PETERSON will join the foundation as executive director in September. Peterson, a managing partner and board member of nonprofit consulting firm FSG, will be the third individual in foundation history to hold the position. "Kyle is an innovative, entrepreneurial, and idea-driven executive who will lead the foundation as we continue to focus on addressing important social issues through our philanthropy," said Carrie Walton Penner, chair of the foundation’s board of directors. "[He] shares the principles that have guided our work for nearly thirty years – a focus on individual empowerment and delivering long-lasting results. His fresh thinking and cross sector experience will lead the foundation as we further our scope and impact." Peterson will succeed BUDDY PHILPOT, who is stepping down after fifteen years as executive director to take a position with Walton Enterprises.
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has announced DEBRA JOY PEREZ as chief evaluation and learning officer, in which role she will work closely with the foundation's grantmaking teams to advance the organization’s work in science, environmental conservation, and patient care in the Bay Area. Most recently vice president of research, evaluation, and learning at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, where she led performance measurement, evaluation, research, data development, knowledge management and learning, Perez previously served as assistant vice president for research and evaluation at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization, has named KIMBERLY (KIM) HAMILTON as its chief impact officer, In that role, Hamilton, who comes to the organization from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will lead programs in the areas of feeding and ending hunger, research, collective impact, and nutrition and also will be responsible for knowledge management. The organization also announced that KEITH D. MONDA, a former president and COO of Coach, Inc., has been elected to chair its board of directors, succeeding JAN PRUITT, president and CEO of the North Texas Food Bank, who has chaired the Feeding America board since 2014. Monda's term will run for a year but can be renewed.
The Boston Foundation has announced SANDRA EDGERLEY as its new chair, effective June 30, and LINDA MASON as its new vice chair. Edgerley, a former consultant, manager, and director at Bain & Company, served for five years as chair of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston and has served on numerous other boards, including City’s Year’s and the board of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay, Horizons for Homeless Children, and Be The Change. A member of the TBF board since 2010, Edgerley will succeed current Chair MICHAEL KEATING, who is retiring after having served on the foundation's board since 2004. Mason, chair and co-founder of Bright Horizons, a worldwide provider of worksite childcare and early education, will succeed PAUL LA CAMERA, who is retiring from the TBF board after eleven years of service.
The Markle Foundation in New York City has announced that KATHLEEN MURPHY has joined its board of directors. Named one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in American Business by Fortune and one the 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance by U.S. Banker, Murphy is president of personal investing at Fidelity Investments, where she also leads the company’s digital strategy.
The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) has announced that its board has unanimously selected MAURICE JONES as its new president and CEO. Jones, who currently serves as Virginia’s secretary of commerce and trade, will replace MICHAEL RUBINGER, a community development pioneer, who is stepping down on September 6. Jones, only the fourth CEO in LISC”s 36-year history, previously served as deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) overseeing operations for the agency’s 8,900 staff, was commissioner of Virginia’s Department of Social Services and deputy chief of staff to former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner, and worked during the Clinton Administration on legal, policy and program issues at the Treasury Department, where he also helped manage a then-new initiative called the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) fund.
The Wounded Warrior Project has announced the appointment of MICHAEL S. LINNINGTON as chief executive officer. Linnington, a 35-year veteran of the military whose career includes three tours in combat operations and command positions in assignments around the world, is joining WWP from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), where he was appointed director by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter in 2015.
In other news, PND notes the passing of philanthropist MARJORIE FISHER at the age of 92. Fisher was married for fifty-two years to Michigan industrialist Max M. Fisher and became founding chair of the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation following her husband's death in 2005. During her six-year tenure as chair, the foundation committed more than $70 million in grants to nonprofits working in the areas of Jewish issues; health/HIV/AIDS; education; arts and culture; and strengthening youth and families. Fisher also privately funded many efforts through her private foundation, the Marjorie S. Fisher Fund at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, including Grow Detroit's Young Talent, a public-private effort to provide summer jobs programs for Detroit-area youth; the 2014 RiseDetroit Challenge on crowdfunding website CrowdRise; and the Women's Caring Program. "Mother always said all giving starts with your heart, and then you use your head," her son, Phillip Fisher, told Crain's Detroit. "So bright and brilliant was that statement, because philanthropy is all about the heart. And she had the biggest heart of anyone I ever knew."