The Otto Bremer Foundation in St. Paul, Minnesota, has announced the appointment of DIANE BENJAMIN as program officer. Benjamin comes to the foundation from the Frameworks Institute in Washington, D.C., where she was a senior associate and developed publications and online training tools as director of the Interpretation Unit. Prior to that, she served as the director of Minnesota KIDS COUNT at the Children's Defense Fund of Minnesota for nearly a decade.
The St. Paul-based Bush Foundation has named ELLI WICKS HAERTER as liaison for its activities in North Dakota and South Dakota. Haerter most recently was the tribal liaison/staff assistant in the South Dakota office of U.S. Senator Tim Johnson, where she maintained extensive relationships with nine tribal nations that share geography with South Dakota and surrounding areas.
The Washington, D.C.-based Carnegie Endowment for International Peace has named MARK VAN PUTTEN as a visiting scholar. Van Putten, a professional with more than twenty years of experience in environmental causes, founded ConservationStrategy in 2003 and earlier served as president of the National Wildlife Federation, where he worked to restore the Everglades, protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, reform environmentally damaging practices of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and increase funding for state fish and wildlife programs.
The SCORE foundation in Sarasota, Florida, has named MARK DOBOSZ as president. Dobosz, a nonprofit professional and author, served as the executive director for the foundation for eight years, and prior to that held posts at the Out-of-Door Academy, the Mercy Health Care System, Easter Seals, and the Friends School in Detroit, among other independent school appointments. He serves on the boards of several professional and nonprofit organizations and has received the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Circle of Excellence in Fundraising Award.
In other news, PND notes the passing of CREED BLACK. A veteran newsman who helped transform the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation into a major philanthropic enterprise, Black served as the foundation's president and CEO from 1988 to 1999 and oversaw the move of its headquarters from Akron to Miami. Under his leadership, the foundation's endowment grew to almost $1.2 billion, its grantmaking budget rose from $16 million to $42 million, and its staff increased from five to thirty. His legacy as a philanthropic leader includes the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, the Knight Chairs in Journalism program, and the National Community Development Initiative.