People in the News (8/27/17): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (8/27/17): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation in Flint, Michigan, has announced that TIM EDER is joining the foundation as a program officer in its Environment Program. In his new role, Eder will manage a grantmaking portfolio that focuses on addressing freshwater challenges, particularly those in the Great Lakes basin. Eder joins the foundation from the Great Lakes Commission, where he has served as executive director since 2006 and has played a key role in efforts to address critical Great Lakes issues, including invasive species, water quality, and economic development. Prior to joining GLC, Eder held a variety of regional and national positions with the National Wildlife Federation. TOM CRANE, deputy director of the commission, will serve as interim executive director until it hires Eder’s replacement.

JAY KENNEDY has joined the Duke Endowment in Charlotte, North Carolina, as a program officer in its health care area. Kennedy previously worked as a rural hospital program manager for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, where he oversaw the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Grant Program, the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program, and the N.C. Statewide Telepsychiatry Program, and served as chief operating officer for the Maria Parham Medical Center in Henderson. His tenure with the center also included service as executive director for its employed physician network and as executive director of Four County Health Network, Inc., a subsidiary of Maria Parham. 

The Houston Endowment has announced that MANDY CHAPMAN SEMPLE joined the endowment earlier this month as director of learning and evaluation. Semple comes to the endowment from the Corporation for Supportive Housing, where, as director of local systems transformation, she worked to advance the field of social system transformation. Previously, she worked as a special assistant for homeless initiatives under Mayor Annise Parker, in which capacity she helped lead the effort to transform the homeless response system in the greater Houston area.

The United Way of Miami-Dade has announced the appointment of MARIA C. ALONSO as president and chief executive officer. A Bank of America executive since 1995 and respected civic leader, Alonso has chaired the boards of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and New World School of the Arts, co-chaired the board of the One Community, One Goal initiative at the Beacon Council, and served on the boards of the Miami Foundation, Camillus House, the Miami Dade College Foundation, the March of Dimes, and Teach For America. 

The Blue Shield of California Foundation (BSCF) has announced the appointment of THERESA FAY-BUSTILLOS as its chief program director. Fay-Bustillos previously served as president and CEO of Community Initiatives, a fiscal sponsor organization that supports, champions, and provides services to unincorporated nonprofit projects that benefit the San Francisco Bay Area, and prior to that was managing director at Ideal Philanthropy & Sustainability, a global consultancy specializing in strategic planning, research, and measurement. She also has served as a senior consultant with the International Finance Corporation; as vice president, worldwide community and corporate sustainability for Levi Strauss & Company and executive director of the Levi Strauss Foundation; and as vice president of legal programs for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF).

TOM WATERS, a veteran fundraiser and nonprofit executive, has joined Volunteers of America as its new senior vice president of development. Waters has extensive experience in fund development, including a thirteen-year tenure at United Way Worldwide and stints with Habitat for Humanity International and other nonprofits. 

In other news, the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law has announced that CORNELL WILLIAM BROOKS, former president and CEO of the NAACP, will join the center as a senior fellow in September. Brooks served as the eighteenth president of the NAACP, leading the organization from 2014 through 2017. Under his leadership, the organization scored a number of significant wins, including eleven legal victories in twelve months against voter suppression laws nationwide. Prior to joining the NAACP, Brooks served as president and CEO of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, as executive director of the of the Fair Housing Council of Greater Washington, as senior counsel with the Federal Communications Commission, and as a trial attorney with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. A graduate of Yale Law School, he also holds a master of divinity from Boston University School of Theology and a BA from Jackson State University.

"Great Lakes Expert Joins Mott’s Environment Program." Charles Stewart Mott Foundation News Release 08/22/2017. "The Duke Endowment Names New Health Care Program Officer." Duke Endowment Email. 08/08/2017. "Houston Endowment Names New Director of Learning and Evaluation." Houston Endowment News Release 08/08/2017. "Maria C. Alonso Named President and CEO at United Way of Miami-Dade." United Way of Miami-Dade News Release 08/24/2017. "Blue Shield of California Foundation Announces New Chief Program Director." Blue Shield of California Foundation Email 08/17/2017. "Volunteers of America Names Tom Waters New Senior Vice President, Development." Volunteers of America Email 08/25/2017. "Rev. Cornell William Brooks Joins Brennan Center as Senior Fellow." Brennan Center for Justice Press Release 08/22/2017.