The Robert Sterling Clark Foundation has announced the planned retirement of president and CEO MARGARET AYERS, effective July 1. Ayers, who has led the foundation for thirty-eight years, will continue to serve in a consulting capacity through February 2014. The foundation also announced the promotion of senior program officer LAURA WOLFF to acting director, and program officer ROSLYN BLACK to its International Arts Engagement program, which she will lead; Wolff and Black will continue to co-direct the foundation's Reproductive Rights program. "Peggy has had an enormous impact upon issues of both national and local importance," the foundation said in a statement. "She has participated in shaping the field of reproductive rights through her passionate advocacy. She has helped arts organizations find paths toward sustainability in difficult financial times. When very few foundations and policy makers felt that culture could be an instrument of international understanding, she found a way to energize cultural diplomacy...[and] in New York, she has strived to make municipal and state agencies more equitable and accountable to the public."
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced the appointment of MICHAEL D. BOLDEN as editorial director, a new position. Bolden, a twelve-year veteran of The Washington Post, earlier served in editorial and production roles at the Miami Herald and worked for the Times-Picayune and Northwest Florida Daily News.
The Lyda Hill Foundation has announced the appointment of NICOLE G. SMALL as president. Small, currently CEO of Dallas' Perot Museum of Nature and Science, earlier held positions at McKinsey & Co. and several technology and venture capital firms. "With relentless focus and keen intelligence, Nicole planned and completed one of the nation's foremost nature and science museums," said Lyda Hill. "Her work over the years has inspired millions of visitors to rediscover the joy and wonder of science, which so closely parallels the work of my foundation."
The Brooklyn Community Foundation has announced the appointment of CECILIA CLARKE as president and CEO. Clarke, founding executive director of the Sadie Nash Leadership Project, an educational organization for low-income young women, previously led the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, served as associate director of the Drawing Center, and managed government fundraising at the Brooklyn Museum; she began her career as a social worker. She succeeds MARILYN GELBER, who will step down as president on June 30.
The Blandin Foundation has announced the appointments of KANDACE CREEL FALCÓN, WILLIAM MAKI, and BRIAN McINNES to its board, effective January 2014. Falcón, an alumnus of the foundation's Leadership in Ethnically Diverse Communities program, is assistant professor of women's and gender studies at Minnesota State University Moorhead and co-leads Third Side Media, a skill-sharing network that leverages new media technologies for social justice. Maki, vice president of finance and administration at Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College, earlier held various jobs at the Northeast Higher Education District, Itasca Community College, and Duluth Community College. McInnes, an enrolled member of the Wasauksing First Nation, leads the Minnesota Indigenous Youth Freedom Project and is an assistant professor in the University of Minnesota Duluth's Department of Education.
The St. Baldrick's Foundation has announced the appointment of CHARLES M. CHAMNESS as board chair. Chamness, president and CEO of the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, earlier worked for ten years in Washington, D.C., serving in the first Bush administration as deputy assistant secretary of public affairs under HUD Secretary Jack Kemp, as a press secretary on Capitol Hill, and in other public- and private-sector positions. He also serves as board chair of insurance company NAMICO and on the board of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation has announced the appointments of TODD BOEHLY and ALEXANDER NEMEROV to its board. Boehly, president of financial services firm Guggenheim Partners, earlier worked at Whitney & Co. and Credit Suisse First Boston. Nemerov, the Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities in the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University, earlier served as department chair of art history at Yale University and taught at Stanford University.
In other news, the John R. Oishei Foundation has announced that its vice president, PAUL T. HOGAN, has been selected to serve on the strategic advisory panel for the Cultural Data Project, which had been operated by the Pew Charitable Trusts but this year became an independent 501(c)(3). Hogan, who joined the foundation in 2001 as a program officer, has worked in the nonprofit sector for eighteen years in the arts, adult education, research, and community health and healthcare. He co-chaired the New York State CDP Task Force for the last four years and is a published poet.