PAUL BREST, president for the past twelve years of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in Menlo Park, California, has posted an open letter on the foundation's Web site announcing his planned retirement. Next year Brest will turn 72, the age at which foundation board members (including the president) traditionally have retired. A search committee comprised of board members Byron Auguste, Walter Hewlett, Mary Jaffe, Rick Levin, and Steve Neal as well as foundation vice president Susan Bell has been formed. Brest plans to return to teaching once his successor has been found.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has announced the planned departure of SYLVIA MATHEWS BURWELL after ten years of service. Burwell, founding president of the foundation's Global Development Program, previously served as the foundation's chief operating officer and oversaw the opening of its first office outside of Seattle, in Washington, D.C. She plans to spend more time with her family.
The St. Louis-based Missouri Foundation for Health has announced the appointment of ROBERT HUGHES as president and CEO. Hughes, a visiting research professor at Rutgers University's Center for State Health Policy and Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, earlier was vice president and chief learning officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He succeeds founding president and CEO James R. Kimmey, who is retiring at the end of 2011.
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation in Los Altos, California, has announced the appointment of CRAIG NEYMAN as vice president and CFO. Neyman, a CPA, most recently served as chief investment officer and vice president of the Nature Conservancy and earlier was CFO at the Marguerite Casey Foundation. He currently serves as a trustee for Plymouth Housing Group, a Seattle-based charity working to eliminate homelessness.
The Atlanta-based Arby's Foundation has announced the appointment of KATE ATWOOD as its first executive director. Atwood, most recently a partner at Atlanta-based cause-related marketing firm Bcauz Marketing, is also founder of Kate's Club, an organization that works to help bereaved children and teens.
In other news, New York City-based Girl Scouts of the USA has announced the appointment of ANNA MARIA CHÁVEZ as president. Chávez, currently CEO of the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, previously served as deputy chief of staff for urban relations and community development for former Arizona governor Janet Napolitano. Her past service in the public sector includes the roles of in-house counsel and assistant director for the Division of Aging & Community Services at the Arizona Department of Economic Security, senior policy advisor to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney E. Slater, chief of staff to the deputy administrator at the U.S. Small Business Administration, and chief of staff for the SBA's Office of Government Contracting and Minority Enterprise Development. She replaces Kathy Cloninger, who is retiring after leading the organization for eight years.