People in the News (7/30/17): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (7/30/17): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund in San Francisco has announced the hiring of JOHN GOVEA, a former senior program officer with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, as director of its Immigrant Rights portfolio and RAQUIBA LaBRIE, a former senior leader with the Open Society Foundations, as director of its Education Equity program. Govea joins the fund staff after ten years with RWJF, where he managed national programs and initiatives focused on childhood obesity and health equity. Born and raised in Bakersfield, he started his professional career as an attorney representing farmworkers in rural California. He has also worked on the staffs of the Community Foundation for Monterey County and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and was senior program officer with the State of California’s California Service Corps, where he oversaw implementation of the state’s AmeriCorps program. LaBrie joins the fund from L+M Development Partners in New York City, where she was director of community investment. Prior to that, she worked for thirteen years at the Open Society Foundations, managing grantmaking programs on racial justice, immigrant and LGBT rights, black male achievement, and neighborhood stabilization. She was raised in the Bay Area and started her career in a New York City-based law practice working with foundations and public charities.

The Boston-based Barr Foundation has announced the appointment of YVONNE BELANGER as its new director of learning and evaluation. Reporting to the vice president, Belanger will work with foundation leadership, program teams, and partners to develop and strengthen the foundation’s approaches to evaluating its impact, learning from its work, and sharing and applying that learning. Belanger comes to the foundation from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where since 2013 she has worked with program teams to develop evaluation frameworks and manage evaluations of innovative approaches to education under the Gates Foundation’s Postsecondary Success Strategy. Before joining Gates, she spent five years as a middle school math educator, followed by more than a decade in higher education in a variety of research and administrative roles. At Syracuse University, she managed nationally-funded digital library projects and conducted research on digital reference services, while as head of assessment for the Center for Instructional Technology at Duke University, her work included evaluations for the Duke Digital Initiative, the LINK Teaching and Learning Center, and the Duke iPod First Year Experience.

The Community Foundations National Standards Board (CFNSB), a supporting organization of the Council on Foundations, has announced three new board members: STEVEN COBB, vice president and CFO of the California Community Foundation; REVLAN HILL, executive director of the Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County; and SUSIE NELSON, executive director of the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley. They will replace EILEEN ELLSWORTH, president and CEO of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia; MARK SIDEL, Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law and Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and JONATHON LORENZO YORBA, immediate past president and CEO of the Community Foundation (Riverside California), all of whom recently finished their terms as board members. The organization also announced that HAZLE HAMILTON, executive vice president of the Community Foundation of Central Georgia, will stay on for another term as president.

The Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) has announced the election of PATRICIA COSTELLO SLOVAK as board chair and the election of four new members to its board of directors. Costello Slovak is a partner at Schiff Hardin LLP and will serve a two-year term as chair. The new board members are CARMIN AWADZI, founder and CEO of Magnolia Custom Homes; SUSAN M. KUROWSKI, a partner at Deloitte; GRETCHEN M. WOLF, a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; and ANN MARIE WRIGHT, chief operating officer for the North American Commercial Bank for BMO Financial Group. The board also voted to elect BLAIR WELLENSEIK as treasurer and KELLY SMITH-HALEY as secretary. 

The Television Academy Foundation has announced the appointment of JODI DELANEY as executive director, responsible for overseeing the foundation's daily operations and providing strategic leadership of its programs. Prior to joining the foundation, Delaney served as chief development officer at the Youth Policy Institute, a nonprofit focused on anti-poverty issues in Los Angeles, worked as Los Angeles program director for the Trust for Public Land, and served six years in former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson’s administration. She began her career in New York as development director for Dance Theater Workshop and was a producer for shows that appeared on ABC News, HBO, the History Channel, and Discovery Networks.

In other news, Waldron, a U.S.-based for-benefit consulting firm serving clients in the private and social sectors, has hired LUISA PERTICUCCI as a managing director responsible for its Effective Organizations and Executive Coaching practice. Perticucci brings more than fifteen years of experience to the firm, most recently as managing partner and impact strategist for Elixir. Earlier in her career, she served as country director for Lao PDR at Cord, a nongovernmental organization, where she worked to  establish multiple collective impact interventions affecting national education initiatives in Laos, as well as the development of the country’s first corporate social responsibility consortium and civil society collaborative.

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