The Akonadi Foundation, an Oakland-based family foundation, has announced the appointment of VANESSA CAMARENA-ARREDONDO as program officer for its Beloved Community Fund, which supports free public art and cultural events that celebrate communities of color in Oakland. Camarena-Arredondo joins the foundation with more than twenty years of experience working for social equity in communities of color, most recently as executive director of Studio Grand, a multidisciplinary art space in Oakland. Prior to that, she served as arts and culture fellow at the San Francisco Foundation, where she made over two hundred grants and helped to raise $1.5 million to support Bay Area artists and arts nonprofits.
The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation in Morristown, New Jersey, has announced MEGHAN JAMBOR as interim informed communities program officer and communications director. Currently serving as the foundation’s communications manager, Jambor will assume the responsibilities of MOLLY DE AGUIAR, who recently was named managing director of the News Integrity Initiative at the Tow-Knight Center at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Before joining the Dodge Foundation, Jambor was the local editor at the Daily Record, a community newspaper serving Morris County.
The Ford Foundation in New York City has announced the appointment of AI-JEN POO to its board of trustees. A well-established advocate for women, immigrants, and low-wage workers, Poo currently is the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and co-director of Caring Across Generations, a national coalition of two hundred advocacy organizations working to transform the long-term care system for aging Americans, people with disabilities, and their caregivers. A 2014 winner of a MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Award, Poo has been recognized as one of Newsweek’s 150 Fearless Women, Fortune’s 50 World's Greatest Leaders, and Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and is the author of The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America.
The Boston-based Barr Foundation has announce the appointments of M. LEE PELTON and SUSAN TIERNEY to its board of trustees. Elected to three-year terms starting in September, they will join the foundation’s founding trustees, Barbara and Amos Hostetter, and president Jim Canales. A well-respected thought and innovation leader, Pelton became president of Emerson College in 2011 after thirteen years as president of Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. In addition, he chairs the board of the Boston Arts Academy and serves on the boards of the Museum of African American History, Trinity College, and WGBH. An expert on energy policy and economics, Tierney is a senior advisor at Analysis Group, where she was managing principal from 2003 through 2014. She previously served as commissioner of the Department of Public Utilities under former Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis, as secretary of environmental affairs under former governor William Weld, and as assistant secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Energy under President Bill Clinton. In addition, she chairs the board of ClimateWorks and the External Advisory Board of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and is a director of the World Resources Institute.
The William T. Grant Foundation in New York City has announced the appointments of KENJI HAKUTA and MARK SOLER, both longtime advocates for vulnerable children and youth, to its board of trustees. Hakuta has been on the faculty at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education since 1989 and is an expert in the areas of bilingualism and the acquisition of English by immigrant students. His many research papers and books include Mirror of Language: The Debate on Bilingualism and In Other Words: The Science and Psychology of Second Language Acquisition. Soler is the executive director of the Center for Children’s Law and Policy. From 1978 to 2006, he held a range of positions, including president, at the Youth Law Center, a national public interest law firm, where he and his colleagues worked in more than forty states on juvenile justice, child welfare, health, mental health, and education issues. He has, in addition, written more than twenty articles and book chapters on civil rights issues and the rights of children and has taught at Boston College Law School, the Washington College of Law at American University, Boston University School of Law, the University of Nebraska Law School, and San Francisco State University.
The Bonfils-Stanton Foundation in Denver, Colorado, has announced the election of HAROLD R. LOGAN, JR. as chairman of its board, succeeding J. LANDIS MARTIN, who stepped down from the board in May. Logan, lead director of Cimarex Energy Co. and InfraREIT Inc., and chair of Suburban Propane Partners, has served on the foundation’s board since 2004.
The Chicago-based Poetry Foundation has announces the appointment of CECILIA CONRAD, PhD, to its board of trustees. Conrad is a managing director at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, where here portfolio includes the MacArthur Fellows Program, the MacArthur Award for Effective and Creative Institutions, and 100&Change, a new program that will make a single grant of $100 million to a project that promises measurable progress in solving a critical problem. Before joining the foundation in January 2013, Conrad had a distinguished career as both a professor and an administrator at Pomona College, joining the economics faculty in 1995 and contributing to the curriculum of interdisciplinary programs in women’s studies, public policy, and black studies. In 2002, she was named California's Carnegie Professor of the Year, a prestigious national award that recognizes faculty members for their achievement as an undergraduate professor.
The National Audubon Society in New York City has announced the appointment of RICHARD H. LAWRENCE, JR., founder of the Overlook Investment Group, to its board of directors. A native New Yorker who lives in San Francisco with his wife, Dee, Lawrence is a founding director of two environmental nonprofit organizations: Proyecto Mirador Foundation, established in 2004, has built more than 145,000 fuel-efficient stoves in rural communities across Honduras; and Cool Effect, established in 2015, is a nonprofit crowdfunding platform with over 130,000 members that allows individuals to support the world’s highest quality carbon reduction projects.
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has announced the election of ALLISON BERG, TROY CARTER, and CARTER REUM to its board, bringing to fifty-one the number of voting trustees on the board. Berg is a modern and contemporary art collector, attorney, philanthropist, and freelance journalist who covers art and design. Carter is the founder and CEO of Atom Factory and co-founder and managing partner of Cross Cultures Ventures. He also serves Spotify as its global head of creator services, overseeing the company's relationships with artists, songwriters, and record companies. Reum, an entrepreneur with a background in consumer products brands, co-founded M13, a Los Angeles-based brand development and investment company that accelerates businesses at the nexus of consumer products, technology, and media.
In other news, the Boston Globe reports that Harvard University president DREW GILPIN FAUST, the university’s twenty-eighth president and the first woman to lead the 380-year-old institution, plans to step down in June 2018 after eleven years. Her departure coincides with the end of the university’s most recent fundraising campaign, which has raised $8 billion to date. Bill Lee, senior fellow of the Harvard Corporation, the university’s governing body, credited Faust with strengthening the university on many fronts but highlighted two: helping Harvard become more diverse, largely through a new financial aid policy that does not leave graduates saddled with debt, and dismantling bureaucratic silos so that students and faculty from across the university can work together more closely. "At the broadest level, [her accomplishment] is bringing Harvard together as a single institution and opening it up more broadly to faculty and students who may not have been part of the Harvard community before," said Lee. An historian of the Civil War and Virginia native, Faust will take a year-long sabbatical after her departure from Harvard to focus on academic work.