People in the News (6/3/18): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (6/3/18): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, in Baltimore, Maryland, has announced DARIUS GRAHAM as its newest program director. In that role, Graham will be responsible for refining and communicating the foundation's place-based philanthropic strategy for Baltimore and developing metrics for measuring the foundation's impact. He will also work with other program team members to foster collaborations with the city’s philanthropic, government, and business sectors and neighborhoods and community groups. Prior to joining the foundation, Graham served as director of student ventures at Johns Hopkins University, where he led various entrepreneurship and innovation initiatives, including FastForward U and the Social Innovation Lab. Prior to that, Graham founded the DC Social Innovation Project, a nonprofit that provided funding and pro bono assistance to innovative, grassroots community initiatives in Washington, DC. Graham is a former social-entrepreneur-in-residence at University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business and has served as a mayor-appointed commissioner on the District of Columbia Commission on National & Community Service.

ALEX M. JOHNSON has joined the California Wellness Foundation as program director in its preventing violence program area. Johnson comes to the foundation from Californians for Safety and Justice in Los Angeles, where as managing director he led the organization’s efforts to end to over-incarceration and advance a renewed focus on safety priorities rooted in prevention and health. Before that, he worked as executive director of Children’s Defense Fund-California, where he led statewide advocacy, policy, program and organizing efforts to ensure access to quality affordable health coverage and care for children and low-income families, reform the juvenile justice system, promote educational equity, end child poverty, and improve outcomes for children of color.

The Kinder Foundation in Houston, Texas, has announced SARAH NEWBERY as its new director of parks and the appointment of GUY HAGSTETTE as vice president of parks and civic projects. Prior to joining the foundation, Newbery served as project director for Memorial Park at Uptown Houston, where she managed the planning process for the Memorial Park Master Plan in close partnership with Memorial Park Conservancy and Houston Parks and Recreation Department, and was a principal at Curtis & Windham Architects, where she was responsible for the development of an integrated landscape architecture studio within the practice. In his new role, Hagstette, who joined the organization in 2016 as director of parks and civic projects, will continue to direct the foundation’s mission for Houston’s parks and greenspaces as well as its focus on community and civic projects. Most recently, he facilitated the foundation’s $70 million gift to accelerate the Memorial Park Master Plan. To date, the foundation has committed over $175 million to parks and greenspaces in Houston.

The Ball Brothers Foundation in Muncie, Indiana, has named MICHELLE STEPHENSON as executive assistant and communications coordinator. Stephenson previously coordinated volunteer programs, managed property, supported financial executives, and assisted fundraising professionals at the Ball State University Foundation and Ball State University Alumni Center, and prior to that served as a loan officer and branch manager for Pacesetter Bank.

World Vision U.S. has announced the selection of EDGAR SANDOVAL as its new president and chief executive officer, effective October 1. Sandoval, who has served as the organization’s chief operating officer for the past three years, will succeed RICH STEARNS, who is retiring at the end of 2018. Before joining World Vision, Sandoval spent twenty years in various leadership positions with Procter & Gamble.

The National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ) in Boston has announced that ELIZABETH COTE MD, MPA, will join its executive team as chief health ifficer. In that role, Coté, a Harvard-trained physician, will provide medical and public health leadership to NICHQ programs and advance the organization’s mission as a leader in children’s health. Coté most recently worked for the Indian Health Services (IHS) as the clinical director for the Micmac Service Unit, serving a Native American community in northern Maine and earning national recognition from IHS for reducing opioid prescribing by 70 percent and tripling the number of patients treated for substance abuse. She also has led health initiatives in France, Haiti, India, and Iraq  and in 2011 was appointed as a White House Fellow by President Barack Obama.

Journalism veteran SAMIRA SINE has joined Common Sense, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in the twenty-first century, as its New York director. In addition to hosting a travel and food show that airs on TLC and Apple TV, Sine has more than fifteen years' experience as a writer, on-air broadcaster, and producer at the BBC's World Business Report, Reuters' Television News, and the Huffington Post and has lived in Mumbai, Hong Kong, and New York City.

In other news, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) has announced board president ROBERT J. FISHER as its next board chair, succeeding CHARLES R. SCHWAB, who has served as chair since 2007. DIANA L. NELSON, currently vice chair, will assume the role of president, while CHARLES M. COLLINS will assume the role of vice chair. The museum also announced the appointment of KATHRYN A. HALL, GINA PETERSON, and KOMAL SHAH to the three-year terms on the board and the selection of JULIE MEHRETU as artist trustee. In 2017, Mehretu’s monumental commission HOWL, eon (I, II) went on display in the museum’s Walter and Evelyn Haas, Jr. Atrium.  In addition, collectors VICKI and KENT LOGAN, who have given SFMOMA more than three hundred and thirty works since 1997, will join the board as honorary trustees. All changes and appointments are effective July 1.

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