People in the News (8/20/17): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

 People in the News (8/20/17): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The board of directors of the Phoenix-based Flinn Foundation has chosen TAMMY McLEOD, currently vice president for energy resource management at Arizona Public Service, as its new president and chief executive officer. Over nearly twenty-three years at Arizona’s largest public utility, McLeod has held several positions, culminating in her current position overseeing three company divisions: Energy Marketing and Trading Operations, 20-Year Energy Resource Planning, and Utility-Owned Solar. She also serves on the boards of directors of the Arizona Community Foundation; the Desert Botanical Garden (vice president); the Expect More Arizona (chair); the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (vice chair); and in an advisory capacity at the Kyl Center for Water Policy at the Morrison Institute at Arizona State University. McLeod will succeed JACK B. JEWETT, who served as president and CEO for eight years and broadened the foundation's focus with the creation of the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership, renewed its commitment to the biosciences, launched a grant program to support the financial and creative health of Arizona’s largest arts and culture organizations, and expanded the opportunities available through the Flinn Scholarship program.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York City has announced the appointment of DIANNE S. HARRIS as a senior program officer in its higher education and scholarship in the humanities program, effective November 1. In that role, Harris, dean of the College of Humanities and a history professor at the University of Utah, will work on a range of grants and research initiatives supporting undergraduate and doctoral education, advanced scholarship, and the public humanities. Prior to her appointment at the University of Utah, Harris was director of the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) and a professor of landscape architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is, in addition, a past president of the Society of Architectural Historians and currently serves on the boards of the National Humanities Alliance and the Utah Humanities Council. In 2016, she was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve on the National Council on the Humanities.

The Eugene and Agnes Meyer E. Foundation in Washington, D.C., has announced that MAEGAN SCOTT will be leaving the foundation after nearly a decade to pursue an opportunity in the field of organizational development. During her time at the foundation, Scott has served in a number of roles, starting as a temporary executive assistant, and in the last year and half she has worked closely with Meyer president Nicky Goren as the foundation has shifted its focus to racial equity.

The Schott Foundation for Public Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has announced the addition of MARK PALEY and ROGER VANN to its board of directors. Paley joined the Hyams Foundation in 2001 and before that was CFO at YouthBuild USA, where he helped to build the national youth servicing nonprofit intoto a nationally recognized network of groups working with out-of-school youth. His first position in Boston was with Boston Neighborhood Housing, which financed affordable housing rehab projects in three Boston neighborhoods. Vann has been executive director at State Voices since 2014 and previously served as COO and chief of staff for the national NAACP, where he planned and directed the organization’s successful 2012 civic engagement campaign. As a young NAACP leader in New Haven, Connecticut, Roger helped win critical victories on a range of issues, including living wage, public sector employment diversity, and police misconduct. In 1999, as president of the Connecticut NAACP, he led a statewide grassroots effort to win passage of one of the nation’s first laws addressing racial profiling. A lifelong champion of civil liberties, workers’ rights and reproductive freedom, Vann also has served as executive director of the ACLU of Connecticut, director of the African American Hiring Initiative for UNITE HERE, and director of a pioneering manhood mentoring program for Planned Parenthood of Connecticut.

The board of directors of New York City-based Grantmakers in the Arts has announced the selection of EDWIN TORRES, deputy commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, as the organization’s new president and CEO. Torres will become GIA's third CEO after current CEO JANET BROWN steps down at the end of 2017. Prior to joining the NYC Cultural Affairs office, Torres was an associate director with the Rockefeller Foundation and director of external partnerships for the Parsons School of Design at The New School. In addition, he served on the GIA board of directors from 2011 through 2016 and has served on the arts and culture team at Ford Foundation as well as on the staff of Bronx Council on the Arts. Torres holds a Master of Arts in Art History from Hunter College and a Master of Science in Management from The New School.

Following a nationwide search, PETER LANDGREN has been named president of the University of Cincinnati Foundation and vice president for advancement at the university. Landgren, an alumnus of UC’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), currently serves as interim senior vice president for academic affairs and provost of the university and previously served as dean of CCM (2011-16). 

The Rockland Center for the Arts (RoCA) in West Nyack, New York, has named DALY FLANAGAN as its new executive director, succeeding JULIANNE RAMOS, who retired in 2016. Flanagan, who has been serving as interim executive director since Ramos's retirement and before that served as the center's school director, received a bachelor’s degree of fine art in painting and printmaking from San Diego State University and a masters in arts administration in visual arts from Bank Street College of Education/Parsons School of Design in New York.

"Flinn Foundation Names Tammy McLeod New President and CEO." Flinn Foundation News Release 08/16/2017. "Dianne S. Harris Appointed Senior Program Officer at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation." Andrew W. Mellon Foundation News Release 08/14/2017. "Maegan Scott to Step Down From the Meyer Foundation." Meyer Foundation News Release 08/14/2017. "Schott Welcomes Mark Paley and Roger Vann to the Board of Directors." Schott Foundation for Public Education Press Release 08/14/2017. "Grantmakers in the Arts Selects Edwin Torres as New CEO." Grantmakers in the Arts News Release 08/16/2017. "Peter Landgren Named President of University of Cincinnati Foundation." University of Cincinnati Foundation Press Release 08/16/2017. "Daly Flanagan Named Executive Director of Rockland Center for the Arts." Rockland Center for the Arts Email 08/08/2017.