People in the News (7/10/16): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (7/10/16): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The California Health Care Foundation has named PETER CURRIE senior vice president of program strategy and innovation. Currie, a licensed psychologist and behavioral health executive, currently serves as senior director of clinical transformation and integration for Inland Empire Health Plan in Rancho Cucamonga and, from 2009 to 2015, served as clinical director of behavioral health at Inland.

The Kresge Foundation in Troy, Michigan, has hired JENNIFER R. JARAMILLO as deputy to the president for talent and organizational development and BETHANY MILLER as a program officer on its Education team. Jaramillo joins the foundation from global professional services firm Accenture, where, as strategy senior manager, she co-led that organization’s global talent community. Miller, who spent two years at the Helios Education Foundation in Phoenix as an evaluation and research analyst and also worked for two Kresge grantees, the American Council on Education and the research firm MDRC, will manage a portfolio of investments for focused on getting more low-income, underrepresented, minority students into and graduating from postsecondary institutions in the U.S. and South Africa.

The Duke Endowment in Charlotte, North Carolina, has named PHILLIP H. REDMOND, JR. as director of its Child Care program area. Redmond, who joined the endowment in 2000 as an assistant director and was promoted to associate director of Child Care in 2006, will replace RHETT MABRY, who will become president of the endowment after Gene Cochrane retires on July 1. "Phil is a highly qualified member of our staff and we look forward to his continued leadership," said Mabry. "He understands the many challenges and opportunities in child welfare, and he has already made a significant impact in the field. Phil is deeply committed to strengthening families and advancing child well-being in the Carolinas."

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund in New York City has announced the election of RYAN CROCKER, HEATHER McGHEE, MIRANDA KAISER, and WYATT ROCKEFELLER to its board. Crocker, a former ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait, and Lebanon, is the dean and executive professor at the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, where he holds the Edward and Howard Kruse Endowed Chair. McGhee is president of Demos, a public policy organization working for equality in American democracy and economic opportunities, and is a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Civic. Kaiser, who previously served on the RBF board from 2006–2015, is co-president of the Refugee Center Online, a nonprofit that helps refugees and displaced persons successfully reintegrate in the United States, and also serves on the boards of the Rockefeller Family Fund and the David Rockefeller Fund. Rockefeller, a fifth-generation member of the family, is a filmmaker and investor.

The Ford Foundation has announced the election of GABRIELLE SULZBERGER to its board of trustees. Sulzberger, a general partner and investment manager of Rustic Canyon/Fontis Partners,  a private equity fund based in Pasadena, previously served as chief financial officer at a number of financial and retail companies and was a principal with several private equity funds, including New York-based BE/Greenwich Street Capital and HPB Associates and Boston-based Commonwealth Enterprise Fund and UNC Partners. She also served as interim CEO of the Johnson Products Company. Currently a member of the Massachusetts Bar, she graduated with a bachelor's degree from Princeton University, a JD from Harvard Law School, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

The Commonwealth Fund in New York City has announced the appointment of LOIS QUAM to its board of directors, effective next April. Until recently chief operating officer of the Nature Conservancy, Quam served as special advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, focusing on global health partnerships, and helped launch President Barack Obama’s Global Health Initiative at the Department of State, serving as executive director. Quam has been a member of the Council on Foreign Relations since 2007, is a former member of the board of editors of the British Medical Journal, and was a trustee of several nonprofit and academic institutions, including Macalaster College, the Committee for Economic Development, the George C. Marshall Foundation, and the National Wildlife Federation.

Citizen Schools, a national nonprofit that partners with middle schools in six states to provide an expanded learning day for students in low-income communities, has named GERRY McGRAW, chief financial officer at Fidelity Investments, and LAURA DeBONIS, an independent consultant, to its board of directors. McGraw has spent the past twenty years in senior leadership roles at Fidelity, becoming CFO and head of finance and brokerage operations in April 2016 after serving for nearly seven years as president of Fidelity Institutional. DeBonis has served on the Boston Public Library board of trustees and was appointed by President Obama to the National Archives’ public interest declassification board in 2015, where she co-chairs the technology working group. She previously worked at Google as director of book search library partnerships and also as a consultant to EF Education First. 

In other news, PND notes the passing of former Ford Foundation executive ALISON BERNSTEIN at the age of 69. Bernstein joined the foundation in 1983 as a program officer and worked there until 2010, with a break in the 1990s. During her years at the foundation, she led or vetted charitable programs in the arts, media, culture, and education; allocated tens of millions of dollars in grant awards; helped to start the foundation's International Fellowships Program; and became a vice president overseeing other grantmakers for the foundation's Education, Creativity and Free Expression Program. In 2011 she left Ford to became the director of the Institute for Women's Leadership at Rutgers University, where she promoted interdisciplinary study in the areas of women and health and women, media, and technology, and worked to finance a chair in Gloria Steinem's name devoted to media, culture, and feminist studies. "She was a lively and curious and wonderfully imaginative person," said Susan Berresford, the foundation's president for much of Bernstein's time there, "and this all came across in ten minutes." 

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