The Boston Globe reports that GE executive ANN KLEE has been selected to replace DEBORAH ELAM as president of the GE Foundation after Elam, a thirty-year veteran of the company, retires at the end of the year. In that role, Klee, who is in charge of environmental health and safety for GE and is managing its relocation to Boston, will oversee the company’s five-year, $50 million commitment to philanthropic causes in Massachusetts, mostly in Boston, with a focus on the city’s public school system.
The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation has announced the appointment of NICOLE TZETZO as vice president of finance and administration and LAVEA BRACHMAF as vice president of programs. Tzetzo most recently served as a partner at Bond Schoeneck & King in Buffalo, where she specialized in counseling clients in the nonprofit sector, and currently serves on the board of trustees for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. Brachman, a nationally recognized expert on urban policy and practice, with a focus on older industrial cities, has more than twenty years of experience in organizational development, management, policy reform, and fundraising and most recently helped found the Greater Ohio Policy Center in Columbus, Ohio.
The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy has announced the appointment of DAVID DAVISON as interim president, following the recent departure of MAGGIE OSBORN. Davison, who recently retired as president and CEO of the American Savings Foundation, served on the board of CCP for several years, including a stint as its chair from 2009-11. He will stay on as president of the council until a new president is named.
The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County has announced that JOSIE HEATH, president of the foundation since 1995, will retire at the end of the year. Before joining the foundation, Heath served as Boulder County commissioner (1982-1990), the second woman elected to serve in that position, and served in the Carter administration as the regional director of ACTION, the federal agency for national service. She also taught at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government (1991) and later served as assistant to the director of the White House Office of National Service in the Clinton administration. Heath was a candidate for the U.S. Senate in 1990, winning the Democratic primary, and was also a Senate candidate in 1992.
The Dallas Museum of Art has announced the appointment of AGUSTIN ARTEAGA as its Eugene McDermott Director, effective September 1. Currently director of the Museo Nacional de Arte (MUNAL) in Mexico City, Arteaga served for nine years as executive director and CEO of the Museo de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico and from 2000-2002 was the founding director of the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires Fundación Costantini in Argentina. He has organized more than one hundred exhibitions over the course of his career, including major monographic presentations of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Diego Rivera; survey exhibitions of French Impressionism and Old Master works; and thematic exhibitions that have stretched across centuries and cultures.
In other news, PND notes the passing of GERRY PRATT at the age of 88. Pratt was the last trustee named in the will of Fred G. Meyer and the last living, and longest serving, original trustee of the Portland (Oregon)-based Meyer Memorial Trust. Born in 1927, Pratt was a foreign correspondent and reporter for the Oregonian, a contributor to the public radio program “All Things Considered,” host of the television program “Town Hall,” and a columnist for the Community Press, a Portland newspaper. He went on to work in leadership roles in Meyer’s enterprises and served as a Meyer trustee over three decades. According to a notice on the trust’s website, Pratt once described the role of philanthropy this way: “There is very little the trust can do to shape society, but it can sometimes point the way by lighting up neglected corners of need. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of making only safe grants, but that really negates the purpose of a foundation. What we do is like a flashlight in a dark room. We can help find the light switch. We are successful when we do that, not by adding light to an already bright room.”