People in the News (8/16/15): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (8/16/15): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The Ruth Mott Foundation has announced the appointments of ASHLEY PHIFER as assistant collections and exhibitions manager and SHERYL JOHNSTON as executive assistant. Phifer, who joined the foundation in May, has worked in the museum and historic home field for almost a decade; her most recent position was assistant curator at the Flint Institute of Arts. Johnston, most recently supervisor of donor services at Michigan Blood in Saginaw, previously worked for direct support nonprofits in the areas of vision impairment and early childhood development.

Goldman Environmental Prize communications coordinator ELIZABETH MEANS has announced her departure on the grantmaker’s blog. Means, who joined Goldman in 2010 as an administrative assistant and became a communications associate in 2011, also is the owner of event design firm Pop Fizz Weddings. She will be succeeded by ALEX WILLIAMS, the Goldman Prize’s new communications associate.

The Public Welfare Foundation has announced the appointment of ANA YANEZ-CORREA as program officer for its criminal justice area, effective November 2. Yáñez-Correa, currently executive director of the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, previously served as chief of staff for a Texas state legislator and as policy director for the Texas League of United Latin American Citizens.

The Center for Cultural Innovation has announced the appointment of ANGIE KIM as president and CEO. Kim, who has led the organization on an interim basis since July 2014, joined its board in 2009 and was elected board chair in 2010. In addition, she currently serves on the boards of the American Alliance of Museums' Center for the Future of Museums and California Arts Advocates/Californians for the Arts.

The Terra Foundation for American Art has announced the appointment of ANNE MUNSCH as chief financial officer. Munsch previously served as CFO of the Peabody Essex Museum and as director of institutional resources — and later CFO — at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Munsch will succeed DON RATNER, the foundation’s executive vice president and CFO, who plans to retire at the end of this year.

The Children’s Partnership has announced the appointment of MAYRA E. ALVAREZ as president. Alvarez is currently finishing a multiyear portfolio of assignments at the United States Department of Health and Human Services, including service as director of the State Exchange Group at the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, associate director of the Office of Minority Health, and director of public health policy in the Office of Health Reform. Earlier, she worked in the offices of Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-IL), then-Rep. Hilda L. Solis (D-CA), and then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL). Alvarez will succeed WENDY LAZARUS and LAURIE LIPPER, who co-founded the organization in 1993 and have served as co-presidents since then.

In other news, PND notes the passing of SUSAN NEWHOUSE, the wife of publishing magnate Donald Newhouse and longtime chairwoman of the Fresh Air Fund, which provides free summer experiences in the country to New York City children from low-income neighborhoods, at the age of 80; and noted activist JULIAN BOND, who over the course of a half century in the public arena helped lead the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee during the civil rights struggles of the 1960s, was elected to four terms in the Georgia House of Representatives and six terms in the Georgia Senate, co-founded (with Morris Dees) the Southern Poverty Law Center, ran for (and lost, to fellow civil rights activist John Lewis) a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, and served as chairman of the NAACP (1998-2010), at the age of 75.

"The Ruth Mott Foundation Adds Two New Staff Members" Ruth Mott Foundation Press Release 08/13/2015. "Farewell From Goldman Prize Staffer Liz Means." Goldman Prize Blog 08/12/2015. "Public Welfare Foundation Selects New Criminal Justice Program Officer." Public Welfare Foundation Press Release 08/10/2015. "Angie Kim to Serve as President and CEO of Center for Cultural Innovation." Center for Cultural Innovation Press Release 08/10/2015. "Mayra E. Alvarez, Key Obama Administration Appointee, Takes Top Post at the Children’s Partnership." Children's Partnership Press Release 08/07/2015. "Susan Newhouse, Who Guided Fresh Air Fund, Dies at 80." New York Times 08/15/2015. "Julian Bond, Charismatic Civil Rights Leader, Dies at 75." New York Times 08/16/2015.