People in the News (7/23/17): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (7/23/17): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

COURTNEY CUFF, president and CEO of the Denver-based Gill Foundation, has announced that she is leaving the foundation in October after four years to lead a new campaign aimed at improving the lives of working families across America. At Gill, Cuff has led the charge as the LGBT movement shifted its focus from marriage to nondiscrimination, spearheaded a Southern strategy that forged alliances with businesses and people of faith, helped to create and launch Freedom for All Americans, and worked with the National Parks Service to study and designate multiple sites preserving the heritage of LGBT sites across America.

The Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment has welcomed two new vice presidents to its staff. BEN W. BLANTON, a partner with Faegre Baker Daniels in Indianapolis, will become vice president and general counsel, and PETER A. BUCK, the endowment’s controller and director of diversified investments, will assume a new role as vice president for investments. In addition to his more than thirty years of experience providing counsel to nonprofit organizations, Blanton has served on the boards of the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, the Clowes Fund, the Pacers Foundation, and Noble of Indiana. Buck joined the endowment in 2015 as controller after nearly fifteen years in public accounting and in 2016 was promoted to the position of director of diversified investments. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Indiana Society of Certified Public Accountants and serves on the audit and finance committee of United Way of Central Indiana.

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation in Oakland, California, has announced the appointment of TED RUSSELL as associate director of arts strategy and ventures. In that role, Russell will work with the art program’s director, Shelley Trott, to develop and implement new initiatives, manage the program’s portfolio, and advance learning and evaluation processes, including documenting and sharing knowledge about promising practices. Russell’s experience includes a decade as the senior program officer for the arts program at the James Irvine Foundation. Prior to that, he served in a variety of leadership and management roles at the Montalvo Arts Center, the San Francisco Symphony, La Jolla Playhouse, and Malashock Dance.

The Berggruen Institute in Los Angeles has announced the appointment of NILS GILMAN as its first vice president for programs. In that role, Gilman will lead a growing team in developing programs that enhance understanding of the present-day transformations in the human condition and the ethical choices and social challenges they pose. He comes to the institute from the University of California, Berkeley, where he served for three years as associate chancellor and chief of staff to Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks. He is, in addition, the author of Mandarins of the Future (on American policy intellectuals during the Cold War) and the editor of Deviant Globalization (on black market economies) and Staging Growth (on development policy). 

The Boston Foundation has announced the appointment of entrepreneur C.A. WEBB to a five-year term to its board of directors. Webb is the co-founder of Boston-based venture capital fund _Underscore.VC, which she left in February to pursue other ventures, and has also served as executive director of the New England Venture Capital Association. Webb currently serves on the board of the New England Venture Capital Association, the Alliance for Business Leadership, Resilient Coders, and MassRobotics and as an advisor on the Boston Board of Room to Grow. She also has played an active role in the development of the Boston chapter of Pledge 1%, a Boston Foundation-supported effort to expand the philanthropic engagement of startups and other players in the innovation economy.

The Boston-based Bridgespan Group has announced the appointment of FRED BLACKWELL, CEO of the San Francisco Foundation, to its board of trustees. In addition to his role at SFF, Blackwell has for more than twenty years championed greater opportunity and equity for all residents of the Bay Area. He currently serves on the board of the Independent Sector, Northern California Grantmakers, SPUR, and the dean’s advisory council for Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design and is a visiting professor in the department of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley and the co-chair of CASA.

After five years in the position, MATT HAGGMAN has resigned as the Knight Foundation’s program director for Miami, the Miami Herald reports. CHRIS CAINES, who has served as Haggman’s associate since January 2016, will assume Haggman’s responsibilities as Knight interim program director for Miami. Haggman, who told the Herald that the position with Knight “has been the best job I have ever had,” has been rumored to be considering a run for U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s District 27 seat, which will be up for grabs in November 2018.

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. has announced the appointment of KATHERINE CHARLET as inaugural director of its Washington-based Technology and International Affairs Program. Charlet has spent the past decade at the U.S. Department of Defense and the White House, most recently serving as principal director and acting deputy assistant secretary of defense for cyber policy, and has been on the frontlines of cyber policy development, serving in senior advisory roles on the Defense Science Board Task Forces on Cyber Deterrence and on the Presidential Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. She also served as director for strategic planning at the National Security Council. 

In other news, PND notes the passing of RAYMOND SACKLER, 97, on July 17 after a brief illness. For more than fifty years, Sackler, with his wife, contributed directly and through the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Foundations to areas spanning biomedical research, the physical and engineering sciences, and the arts. Along with his brother, Mortimer, he started a pharmaceutical business in New York City in 1952 that continues to operate in the U.S. and around the world, developing and marketing medicines, healthcare products and antiseptics for pain management, respiratory, gastrointestinal and other conditions. And with Mortimer and his other brother, Arthur, he later co-founded the Creedmoor Institute for Psychobiological Studies in New York City, where all three engaged in research in the biology of schizophrenia and psychosis. His philanthropy included the establishment and endowment of schools, institutes, centers, departments, endowed chairs, professorships, fellowships, and research awards in the biomedical and physical sciences, as well as lectureships at academic institutions around the world. Dr. Sackler earned honorary degrees from Tel Aviv University, the University of Connecticut, and Tufts University; was knighted by three European Countries; and was awarded the Honorary Knight Commander, Order of the British Empire, (KBE); Officier de la Légion d'honneur (France), and made an Officer in the Order of Orange Nassau (The Netherlands). He is survived by his wife Beverly and their two sons.

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