People in the News (8/14/16): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (8/14/16): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced that JAI WINSTON will join the foundation as director of its St. Paul program, effective September 30. An experienced strategic planning and development professional, Winston has served, since 2014, as associate of strategy and corporate development in the office of the chairman at Ariel Investments, a minority-owned money management firm in Chicago. Previously, he served on the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee in the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, working as a liaison to the White House, cabinet members, and agency chiefs of staff; as the Illinois deputy finance director for President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign; and as North Carolina deputy finance director for the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee. A graduate of Howard University, Winston serves on the board of the Illinois Humanities Council and is a member of the Lookingglass Theater and buildOn junior boards.

The San Francisco-based James Irvine Foundation has announced that CHARLES FIELDS is joining the foundation as chief of staff and planning. In that role, Fields, who previously served as a senior program manager for the California Endowment, will oversee implementation of the foundation’s strategy and planning of its initiatives. Before joining the endowment, Fields worked for the Marguerite Casey Foundation, where he managed a $29 million portfolio of grants focused on community economic development, civic engagement, educational equity, violence prevention, and family support; as an initiative coordinator and neighborhood and community development fellow at the San Francisco Foundation; as a social action and policy coordinator for the National Community Building Network in Oakland; as an empowerment zone coordinator for the Transportation Resource Information Project in Cincinnati, Ohio; and as an organizer and economic development specialist for Welcome House (Northern Kentucky Welfare Reform Task Force) in Covington, Kentucky. He currently serves as chair of the Edward W. Hazen Foundation and was recently awarded a German Marshall Memorial Fellowship to Europe.

The Chicago-based Joyce Foundation has announced the appointment of TRACIE D. HALL as director of its Culture Program. Hall, currently deputy commissioner of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, will join the foundation in mid-November after she finishes readying Chicago’s Public Art Plan and Year of Public Art initiative for launch later this year. In the library field, Hall has held leadership roles at several institutions, including the American Library Association and the Queens Library in New York City, and has served on the task force for the Museums, Libraries and 21st Century Skills study issued by the Institute of Museum and Library Service. A playwright, poet, and fiction writer, she holds degrees from the University of California, Yale University, and the University of Washington. She will succeed ANGELIQUE POWER, who recently was named president of the Chicago-based Field Foundation.

The foundation also announced the appointment of SAMMER GADKAREE  as senior program officer, in which role he will work with the foundation’s Employment Program and Joint Fund for Education and Employment. A consultant to both Joyce and the Civic Consulting Alliance specializing in workforce development, education issues, and philanthropic strategy, Gadkaree previously served as associate vice chancellor for adult education with the City Colleges of Chicago and worked as a business analyst for Discovery Communications and McKinsey and Company.

The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation in Ardmore, Oklahoma, has hired MYRIAH JOHNSON as an agricultural economics consultant in its Agricultural Division. In that role, Johnson, a native of Perry, Oklahoma, will assist agricultural producers and land stewards with education and advice on the many agriculture-related financial decisions they need to make. 

The Seattle-based Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation, which works to advance sustainable change in public education, supportive care, theater enrichment, and career pathway, has announced that MARK F. DEDERER will join the foundation as its new executive director, effective September 12. Dederer will join the foundation from Wells Fargo, where he currently serves as senior vice president for community affairs and the Wells Fargo Foundation. He will succeed COLLEEN OLIVER, who left the foundation in July to join the New Teacher Center.

Living Cities in New York City has named RIP RAPSON, president and CEO of the Kresge Foundation, to a three-year term as chairman of its board of directors. In that role, Rapson will shape and guide the organization's strategic direction and efforts to improve the lives of low-income people in America's cities. "In his ten years leading Kresge, Rip has transformed it into one of the most important foundations in the world with an urban grantmaking and social investment portfolio that is second to none," said Living Cities' president and CEO Ben Hecht. "As Living Cities enters our twenty-fifth year, we are taking stock of how to partner with others to build a new urban practice that delivers dramatically better results for low-income people. I can think of no better partner in leading this than Rip."

The Nonprofit Finance Fund in New York City has announced the appointment of OMMEED SATHE as chairman of its board of directors. A leader in U.S. community finance, Sathe, a member of the NFF board since October 2015, is vice president of Prudential Financial’s Impact Investments group in the Office of Corporate Social Responsibility, overseeing a portfolio set to double to $1 billion over the next five years.

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust in Vancouver, Washington, has announced that JEFFREY D. PINNEO will become a trustee of the foundation on September 1, succeeding LYNWOOD W. SWANSON, who will become trustee emeritus after twenty-nine years of service to the trust. Pinneo comes to the trust after his recent retirement as president and CEO of Medical Teams International. Previously, he served twenty-nine years with Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, nine of those as president and CEO of Horizon. In addition to his corporate and nonprofit leadership experience, Pinneo has served on the boards of the Seattle Pacific University School of Business, Washington State University School of Business, Pacific Continental Bank, and the Seattle Hospitality Group.

The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in Baltimore, Maryland, has announced that its executive director, ALAN W. COOPER, will retire in May 2017. As executive director of MAAF since 1994, Cooper has been responsible for all aspects of the organization's leadership and oversight, resulting in substantial growth in programs and services that have had impact for audiences and artists in the mid-Atlantic region and beyond. Said MAAF board chair E. SCOTT JOHNSON in making the announcement: "Alan has served the arts community for over thirty-four years, devoting the last twenty-three years to providing visionary leadership at the helm of [the] Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. [His] integrity, breadth of knowledge, collaboration with funders, and tireless work to advance the foundation's mission have made [it] a leader in regional, national, and international arts programming. His commitment to diverse artistic expression and belief in the arts as an agent of change have made him a champion of artists, arts organizations, and audiences, and his impact will remain with us for many years to come. Alan is leaving the foundation in a strong position, with an experienced staff, a dedicated board of directors, and a renewed strategic plan. I am grateful for his years of leadership and friendship, and wish him all the best for a long and happy retirement."

In other news, PND notes the passing of ARTHUR M. SUSSMAN, a former vice president at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (2001-11), at the age of 73, due to complications associated with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Born in Brooklyn, Sussman graduated in 1963 from Cornell University, where he met his wife of fifty-two years, Rita Padnick, and from Harvard Law School in 1966. He then worked for the New York law firm of Cahill-Gordon and was a partner in the Chicago law firm of Jenner & Block, before serving as legal counsel for Southern Illinois University (1977-79) and general counsel and vice president for administration at the University of Chicago (1979-2001). As a vice president at the MacArthur Foundation, Sussman helped shape the foundation’s grantmaking in support of human rights and international justice, biodiversity preservation, and arts and culture in Chicago, and at different points of his career he served as chair of the Illinois Humanities Council and the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis and served on the boards of the Albany Park Theatre Project, the Dramatists, and Columbia College. "His advice and good instincts about people and programs sharpened [the foundation's] work," said former MacArthur president Jonathan Fanton. "He was always open to new ideas, new voices, and fresh perspectives."  Sussman is survived by his wife, son Eric and daughter-in-law Carrie, daughter Johanna Ilfeld and son-in-law Jeff Ilfeld, brother Edward, and six grandchildren.

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