People in the News (9/20/15): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (9/20/15): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The Blandin Foundation has announced the appointment of BRIAN NICKLASON as board chair. Nicklason, a Minnesota businessman, has been a trustee for the foundation since 2007 and currently chairs its investment committee. Nicklason will succeed outgoing chair MIKE JOHNSON. “[Nicklason] represents a deep loyalty to the entire Itasca area and knows the opportunities and challenges ahead,” Johnson noted.

Omidyar Network has announced the addition of LORRAINE McDONOUGH to its leadership team in the role of partner, in charge of investment management, legal, and finance functions. McDonough, most recently vice president of corporate development at eBay, previously held similar positions at Charles Schwab & Co. and Liberate Technologies. Earlier, she was vice president and counsel at Credit Suisse First Boston, senior corporate counsel at Oracle, and an associate at Shearman & Sterling.

Aspen Institute has announced that RAJIV VINNAKOTA will join its senior management team as executive vice president to establish a new department focused on urban and rural youth engagement and leadership. In his new role, he also will oversee the Aspen Challenge, Teen Socrates, and AspenX. Vinnakota, co-founder of the SEED Foundation, is a Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network and a member of the fifth class of Aspen-Pahara Education Fellows.

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation has announced that its president, MICHAEL RUBINGER, will resign in June, 2016. Rubinger, who joined LISC as one of its original staff members in 1980 and has led the organization for seventeen years, is a leader in the housing and economic development fields. Early in his career, he helped to administer the Ford Foundation’s community and economic development initiatives, worked on housing and employment programs for the Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation, and was assistant commissioner for the New York City Department of Employment under Mayor Ed Koch. Later, he served as executive vice president of the Pew Charitable Trusts, and has participated in White House meetings on the topics of poverty and economic mobility.

Consulting firm TCC Group, a B Corp, has announced the appointment of MELINDA FINE as director of philanthropy and strategic partnerships. Fine, most recently vice president of grantmaking charity NEO Philanthropy, has over thirty years of experience in philanthropy and nonprofit strategy/management. She previously directed NEO's education portfolio as well as its Communities for Public Education Reform Fund, a national funders' collaborative. Earlier, Fine ran her own consulting firm, providing strategic planning, program development, organizational learning, and research and evaluation services to foundations, nonprofits, and government agencies in the fields of education, youth leadership, and civic participation.

In other news, PND notes the passing of DICK DONAHUE, longtime board member of the Joyce Foundation, at the age of 88. Donahue’s career included service as an aide to President John F. Kennedy, as an attorney, and as president/CEO of NIKE, Inc. “Dick was among the early leaders at Joyce who established the foundation's high ethical standards, our capacity to take on big issues, and willingness to take on high risk projects,” said Joyce Foundation president Ellen Alberding. “He had an extensive and impressive career…and was a devoted American in the best sense of those two words.”

PND also notes the passing of philanthropist LARRY PHILLIPS, at the age of 88. Phillips, CEO of fashion conglomerate Phillips-Van Heusen, collaborated with Brandeis University professor LAWRENCE SIMON to create American Jewish World Service in 1985 and was its first financial investor and board chair. AJWS has posted a video tribute to Phillips on its web site.

"McDonough to Join Omidyar Network as Partner." Omidyar Network Press Release 09/16/2015. "Blandin Foundation Trustees Check in With Itasca Residents, Choose New Board Leader." Blandin Foundation Press Release 09/15/2015. "Rajiv Vinnakota to Join Aspen Institute." Aspen Institute Press Release 09/05/2015. "CEO of LISC to Step Down in 2016." Local Initiatives Support Corporation Press Release 09/17/2015. "Philanthropy Welcomes New Leadership." TCC Group Press Release 09/16/2015. "The Passing of Former Board Member Richard K. Donahue." 09/17/2015. "AJWS Remembers Founder Larry Phillips." American Jewish World Service 09/11/2015.