The W.K.Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan, has announced the appointment of ALVIN HERRING as director of racial equity and community engagement. In that role, The Reverend Herring will provide strategic oversight to a programming team and grant portfolios related to racial equity, racial healing, and community engagement and will also actively guide the integration of community engagement and racial equity into all aspects of the foundation’s national grantmaking strategy and place-based efforts in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, and New Orleans. Herring previously was executive director of the Working Interfaith Network in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; a community organizer for the Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Community Organization in Richmond, California; principal and lead consultant for Side By Side in Alameda, California; executive director for the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice in Louisville, Kentucky; and dean of students/assistant vice president for student life at the University of Louisville. He was also a founding partner of the Fusion Partnership in Baltimore, Maryland, and served as chief operating officer for the National Coalition Building Institute in Washington, D.C.
The Pittsburgh-based Heinz Endowments has named MICHELLE FIGLAR as vice president of learning, a new position. Currently deputy secretary for the state of Pennsylvania’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning in the Department of Human Services and Education, Figlar has worked in education for three decades, including nearly tenyears as executive director of the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children. Prior to that, she worked for Head Start in Chicago; as a preschool special education teacher near Cleveland; as a Vista volunteer in rural northern California; and for a national child care resource association in Washington, D.C.
The Western Union Foundation has announced the appointment of ELIZABETH ROSCOE as executive director. Roscoe, who joined Western Union in 2013 and most recently served as head of global product marketing, brand and communications for Western Union Business Solutions, has twenty years of marketing experience in financial services and consumer goods and previously served in marketing roles at American Express, PepsiCo, Sainsbury's, Campbell’s Soup Company, and Nestle.
The San Francisco-based Jim Joseph Foundation has announced the election of LAURA LAUDER, co-founder of the Laura and Gary Lauder Family Venture Philanthropy Fund and Lauder Partners, and RACHEL LEVIN, executive director, Righteous Persons Foundation, to its board of directors.
The Nellie Mae Education Foundation, the largest philanthropic organization in New England focused exclusively on education, has named DANIA VAZQUEZ and PRABAL CHAKRABARTI to its board of directors. Vazquez, headmaster of Margarita Muñiz Academy, a Boston Public Schools Innovation School and the first dual language high school in the district, has extensive experience as an educator and practitioner, most recently as associate executive director at the Center for Collaborative Education in Boston. Chakrabarti, senior vice president at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston in the Regional and Community Outreach department, previously worked at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, where he led a research effort under Michael Porter to measure economic competitiveness in America’s inner cities, and also co-wrote the United Nations Development Programme report “Unleashing Entrepreneurship: Making Business Work for the Poor.”
In other news, the National Council of Nonprofits in Washington, D.C. has announced the election of TRISHA LESTER, LISA MARUYAMA, and DOUG SAUER to its board. Lester is acting president of the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits. Maruyama is president/CEO of the Hawai`i Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations. And Sauer is CEO of New York Council of Nonprofits. The council also appointed RENNY FAGAN, president/CEO, Colorado Nonprofit Association, as chair; DONNA MURRAY-BROWN, president/CEO, Michigan Nonprofit Association, as vice chair; ANNE HINDERY, CEO, Nonprofit Association of the Midlands, as treasurer; and Sauer as secretary.