People in the News (7/9/17): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (7/9/17): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

Following a nationwide search, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in New York City has named ADAM FALK to be its next president, effective January 2018. Currently the president of Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, a role he has held since April 2010, Falk will succeed PAUL L. JOSKOW, who has been president of the foundation since 2008 and will be returning to research and teaching at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to moving to Williams, Falk was a faculty member at Johns Hopkins University for sixteen years, where he served as the James B. Knapp Dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, dean and vice-dean of the faculty, and a professor of physics. Falk holds a B.S from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a PhD from Harvard University, both in physics, and has been recognized with several professional awards, including an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship and a National Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore, Maryland, has announced the appointment of LISA HAMILTON as executive vice president and chief program officer and JOHN KIM as chief administrative officer. In those newly created roles, the two executives will work to facilitate strategic planning and collaboration within and beyond the foundation. Hamilton has been the foundation’s vice president of external affairs since 2011, overseeing its policy reform and advocacy, strategic communications, leadership development, equity and inclusion, organizational effectiveness, and national partnerships as well as its KIDS COUNT enterprise. In her new role, in addition to the external affairs portfolio, she will oversee the foundation’s research and evaluation and its programmatic activities. Kim has been the foundation’s chief of staff since 2012 and was named vice president in 2015, overseeing the office of the president of the foundation as well as human resources, organizational development, and knowledge management. Before joining the foundation, Kim was director of strategic initiatives and acting chief strategy officer at the Corporation for National and Community Service.  

The Boston-based Barr Foundation has announced that KATE DOBIN will join its Education Program on August 7 as a senior program officer. In that position, Dobin will be responsible for overseeing the foundation’s investments in high-quality K–12 options in Boston. She comes to the foundation from strategy consulting firm Parthenon-EY, where she currently serves as as vice president. Prior to joining Parthenon-EY, Dobin was a Boston Fellow with Education Pioneers, where she worked with NewSchools Venture Fund, a venture philanthropy firm working to reimagine public education.

The San Francisco Foundation has announced the appointment of DUNCAN ROBERTSON and SHERYL WONG as chair and vice chair, respectively, of its board of trustees. Robertson is a partner and chief financial officer at Paxion Capital, an investment fund, and previously served as chief financial officer of OpenTable, SnapStick, and Aricent. A member of the board of directors of, he holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Cape Town and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Wong, whose civic leadership includes work with education, arts, and health care organizations in the Bay Area, is a former board chair of the Oakland Museum of California Foundation, a current trustee of the UC Berkeley Foundation, and a director of the Bay Area Tumor Institute. The foundation’s outgoing board chair, ANDY BALLARD, has served on the board since 2008 and as board chair since 2012, and will continue to serve on the board.

The Boston-based John Merck Fund has announced RUTH HENNIG will be resigning as executive director of the foundation after twenty-nine years on September 29. Hennig was JMF's first staff person when she came on board in 1988 and, during her tenure, helped shape and implement the foundation's grantmaking programs, facilitated the next generation's increasing involvement and eventual leadership succession, and managed the foundation's ten-year spendout, which will conclude in 2022. "It has been the honor of a lifetime to contribute to the positive and often hard-fought changes that JMF has made in the world,” said Henning. "I leave JMF with mixed emotions but know that this is the right time to begin my next chapter. I also know that JMF is strongly positioned to continue having impacts in protecting human health and the environment during its final five years."

JMF also announced that CHRISTINE JAMES, who joined the foundation in 2008 as a program associate and currently serves as its director of programs, will become its second executive director. Prior to joining JMF, James served as executive director at EarthWorks in Boston and the Morris Farm Trust in Wiscasset, Maine.

"Adam Falk Named Next President of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation." Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Press Release 06/29/2017. "Casey Foundation Names Lisa Hamilton Executive VP and Chief Program Officer, John Kim Chief Administrative Officer." Annie E. Casey Foundation Blog Post 06/30/2017. "New Senior Program Officer to Join Barr’s Education Team." Barr Foundation Blog Post 07/05/2017. "Duncan Robertson and Sheryl Wong Appointed Chair and Vice Chair of the San Francisco Foundation Board of Trustees." San Francisco Foundation News Release 07/07/2017. "The John Merck Fund Announces Leadership Changes." John Merck Fund Email 06/29/2017.