The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced the election of DANIEL HUTTENLOCHER, founding dean and vice provost of Cornell Tech, as the next chair of its board of directors, effective January 1, 2018. Huttenlocher, who has served on the MacArthur board since January 2010, helped found Cornell Tech, the technology graduate school created by Cornell University in New York City, and prior to that worked at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) and served as chief technology officer of Intelligent Markets. In addition to his service on the MacArthur board, he also currently serves on the board of Amazon, Inc. and Corning, Inc.
BARRY RASSIN of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, has been selected by the nominating committee to become president of Rotary International for 2018-19. A Rotarian since 1980, Rassin has served the organization as director and is vice chair of the Rotary Foundation board. In 2010, he received the Service Above Self Award, the organization's highest honor, for his work leading Rotary’s post-earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. Rassin's nomination follows the death of Sam F. Owori in July, just two weeks into Owori’s term as Rotary International president-elect.
Stanford University has announced the addition of FELIX J. BAKER and JERRY YANG to its board of trustees. Baker, who began his career as a fund manager in 1994, co-founded Baker Brothers Investments with his brother, Julian, in 2000. A Stanford alumnus who earned a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1991 and a doctorate in immunology in 1998, Baker has been involved in the university's interdisciplinary sciences programs since 2003 and has served on the task force of Stanford Neurosciences Institute and Stanford ChEM-H. Yang co-founded Yahoo! in 1995, served as chief executive officer of the technology company from 2007 to 2009, and served on its board and as a member of its executive team until 2012. In 2012, he founded AME Cloud Ventures, which vests in seed-stage to later-stage technology companies focused on gathering or creating unique data at every stage of the data stack. At Stanford, Yang served on the board of trustees from 2005 to 2015 and currently is a member of the advisory board of the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program and the director's advisory committee for the Cantor Arts Center and serves on the School of Engineering’s Accelerator Task Force.
The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities in Washington, D.C., has announced the appointment of ALEXANDRA CAWTHORNE and DANIEL E. DAWES to its board. Cawthorne is program director for human services at the National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices, responsible for the center's portfolio of projects relating to human services policy and systems. Prior to joining NGA, Cawthorne was a research associate at the Center for American Progress and worked for the U.S. Senate Committee on banking, housing, and urban affairs and for the Congressional Hunger Center, serving as a Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow. Dawes, a health care attorney, is the executive director of government relations, health policy, and external affairs at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. He has written several publications on health care reform and health equity, the most recent titled 150 Years of Obamacare.
The Detroit Children's Fund has named JACK ELSEY as its first executive director. Elsey comes to the fund from the Education Achievement Authority, where as chief schools officer he led efforts that spurred students in Detroit to outperform state academic averages, reduced suspensions by 30 percent, and created small learning communities within schools aimed at improving their culture. Prior to that, he served as chief innovation and incubation officer for Chicago Public Schools; as chief schools officer at Detroit Rising College Prep Schools; and as assistant superintendent of Detroit Public Schools (2011-12).
The Marion County Healthcare Foundation in South Carolina has announced the appointment of PETE MAZZARONI as its new executive director. A 25-year veteran of the healthcare industry, Mazzaroni has served in a number of leadership roles for global pharmaceutical company Roche, most recently as head of external relations and communications. He also has served on several nonprofit foundation boards, including the Florence-Darlington Technical College Foundation and the Governor’s School for Math and Science.