The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced several leadership transitions, effective immediately. They include the departures of MARTHA CHOE, chief administrative officer, and DICK HENRIQUES, chief financial officer, as well as the hire of LEIGH MORGAN as chief administrative officer (a new role) and the promotion of JIM BROMLEY to CFO. Choe, who joined the foundation in 2004, headed up its global operations, in which role she was responsible for human resources, grantee and partner engagement, site operations, and security and library services. Henriques has decided to leave the foundation after four years. Morgan, previously associate chancellor at the University of California, San Francisco, earlier served as head of human resources for biotech corporation Genentech. Bromley, currently the foundation's managing director of financial planning and global programs operations, joined the foundation in 2008; earlier, he was a consultant as well as president of Nordstrom, Inc.'s catalog and internet divisions.
The Ford Foundation has announced the appointment of SAMANTHA GILBERT as vice president of talent and human resources, a new position. When she joins the foundation in September, Gilbert will guide every aspect of its global human resources function, including human resources strategy, talent management and staffing, training and development, employee and retirement benefits, and compensation. She currently is chief human resources officer at the Rockefeller Foundation and earlier held managerial HR roles at Christie's International, the Jewish Museum in New York, and the New York City Department of Health. Gilbert began her career as a social worker in New York City public schools.
In related news, Consumer Reports will welcome MARTA L. TELLADO, currently vice president for global communications and a board officer at the Ford Foundation, as chief executive in September. "Marta is a transformational leader. She has a talent for innovation, a lifelong commitment to social justice, and a distinguished portfolio of accomplishments in mission-driven organizations," said Walter Bristol, board chair of Consumer Reports. "She is a strategic thinker with a deep understanding of how to build social movements in today's digital age." Tellado will succeed JAMES A. GUEST, who is retiring after leading the publication since 2001.
The Children's Aid Society has announced the appointment of PHOEBE BOYER as president and CEO, effective October 1. Boyer, who will be the first woman president of the organization, is currently executive director of the Robertson Foundation and served as executive director of the affiliated Tiger Foundation. Earlier, she was assistant executive director of Inwood House, a nonprofit in New York City, and worked in managerial roles at several New York City government agencies, including the New York City Department of Corrections and the Department of Transportation. She will succeed RICHARD BUERY, JR., who was tapped to become deputy mayor to New York City mayor Bill de Blasio earlier this year.
The Toyota U.S.A. Foundation has announced the appointment of MICHAEL ROUSE as president. Rouse, currently the Toyota company's vice president of diversity, philanthropy, and community affairs, will take on the role in addition to his current responsibilities. Rouse also serves on the boards of several Southern California organizations, including the Science Center Foundation, the Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation, California State University, the Dominguez Hills Foundation, the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Stop Cancer.
The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation in Vancouver, Washington, has announced that REUBEN ROQUEÑI, its first program director, is leaving on August 1 to join the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in Menlo Park, California. Roqueñi helped establish a grantmaking program at NACF that has been supporting American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian arts and cultures nationwide since 2010. “We wish him the best in this next phase in his life and look forward to working with him in the future," said NACF president/CEO T. Lulani Arquette. "He will remain a part of our national arts grantmaking family, as he is joining the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation."
The Rosenberg Foundation has announced the election of BENJAMIN TODD JEALOUS and KATE KENDELL to its board. Jealous, a partner at the Kapor Center for Social Impact, formerly served as president and CEO of the NAACP and of the Rosenberg Foundation. Earlier, he was founding director of Amnesty International's U.S. Human Rights Program, and spent fifteen years as a journalist and community organizer. Kendell is executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights; earlier, she was a corporate attorney and the first staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah.
The Melville Charitable Trust has announced the appointment of ROBERT M. HAGGETT to its board. Haggett, chief operating officer and executive vice president of the Newman's Own Foundation, earlier co-founded Haggett-Longobardi, a Connecticut-based CPA firm. He currently serves on the boards of the Discovery Center, the Hartford Marathon Foundation, and the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy.
In other news, Foundation Center (Philanthropy News Digest’s parent organization) has announced JOHN PATRICK BAILEY as director of its Cleveland office, effective June 2. Bailey, previously executive director of HomeAid Los Angeles/Ventura, has extensive operational and organizational management experience in the social sector and, in his new position, will be a key member of the center's social sector outreach division, which connects nonprofits to the resources they need to thrive.