People in the News (9/12/10): Appointments and Promotions

People in the News (9/12/10): Appointments and Promotions

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in Menlo Park, California, has announced the appointment of MARGOT FAHNESTOCK, as an officer in its population program. An expert in reproductive health and family planning policy, Fahnestock previously managed West Africa field operations for a health policy initiative at the Futures Group. At Hewlett, she will be responsible for grantmaking to reduce unintended pregnancies and ensure reproductive rights in developing countries, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Fahnestock succeeds Nicole Gray, whose eight-year term ended in July.

The Bush Foundation in Saint Paul, Minnesota, has announced that JANE LEONARD has joined its Leadership/Community Engagement team, where she will help redesign public services to ensure the future vitality of communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Leonard previously served as president of Minnesota Rural Partners, Inc. and has held leadership positions in the Minnesota state government.

The San Francisco-based Public Policy Institute of California has announced the election of MARIA BLANCO to its board. Currently the executive director of the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity at UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law, Blanco has also served as executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, an attorney with Equal Rights Advocates, and co-founder of the California Coalition for Civil Rights.

The Eurasia Foundation in Washington, D.C., has announced the election of JAN H. KALICKI and DANIEL A. WITT as board chair and vice chair, respectively. Kalicki is a counselor for international strategy at Chevron Corporation and senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Previously, he served in the Clinton Administration as counselor to the U.S. Department of Commerce, a White House ombudsman, and a Foreign Service officer. Witt is president of the International Tax and Investment Center and previously served as executive director of the U.S. Tax Foundation.

The Boston-based Philanthropic Initiative has announced the appointment of CYNTHIA GIBSON as senior vice president. The founder of Cynthesis Consulting, a practice that provides strategic planning and other services to philanthropic institutions and nonprofits, Gibson will work to expand TPI's networks and client base. Previously, she served as a program officer at Carnegie Corporation of New York.

The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy at the University of Southern California has announced the appointment of FRED ALI as chair and MARGO LEONETTI O'CONNELL, LISA FREDRICKS PARKER, and TRENT STAMP as members of its board of advisors. Ali is president and CEO of the Weingart Foundation, chairs the board of Southern California Grantmakers and serves on the advisory board for the Center on Educational Governance at the University of Southern California. O'Connell is a trustee and president of the Leonetti/O'Connell Family Foundation and a trustee and the immediate past chair of the California Science Center Foundation's board of trustees. Parker is president and executive director of the Lawrence Welk Family Foundation. Trent Stamp is executive director of the Eisner Foundation, which he joined in 2008 after serving as founding president of Charity Navigator.

The Minneapolis-based Native Americans in Philanthropy has announced the appointment of CARLY HARE as executive director. Hare most recently served as director of development for the Native American Rights Fund. Her earlier positions include director of programs at the Community Foundation Serving Boulder County. She previously served on NAP's board and currently is on the advisory committee for the Denver Foundation's Inclusiveness Project as well as the Chinook Fund's board.

The New York City-based Primary Care Development Corporation has announced the election of DONALD ASHKENASE and TANYA SHAH to its board. Ashkenase has served as chief financial officer at the Montefiore Medical Center, where he currently holds the position of special advisor to the president. He has also served as CFO of the Long Island Jewish Medical Center and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation. Shah is a principal of the Boston Consulting Group's New York office and a member of its healthcare practice, where her experience includes planning and strategy design for pharmaceutical companies. Earlier she held marketing positions with Pfizer and Guidant.

In other news, John Kluge, listed as the wealthiest man in America by Forbes in 1989-91, died September 7 at the age of 95. Kluge built his investment in a New York radio station into a broadcasting empire that he sold in 1986 and which would later form the core of the Fox television network. His philanthropic activities included donating the historic Morven Farm, valued at $45 million, to the University of Virginia; more than $100 million to Columbia University for minority scholarships and faculty diversity efforts; $60 million to the Library of Congress; and $1 million to create scholarships for those denied an education when public schools shut down in the late 1950s to avoid racial integration.

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