The Lemelson Foundation has announced the appointment of RACHEL JAGODA BRUNETTE as program officer in charge of grantmaking in its home state of Oregon. Brunette, who joined the foundation in June, has worked on STEM education policy in both the public and nonprofit sectors, as well as for a variety of organizations and agencies, including the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology, the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Department of Homeland Security, and the American Society for Engineering Education.
Grantmakers in the Arts has announced the appointment of JIM McDONALD as deputy director/director of programs. McDonald, who has over thirty years' experience in the arts field as a grantmaker, curator, administrator, and consultant, most recently served as senior program officer for arts and culture at the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation in Seattle. Earlier, he worked as public art director for the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and as curator of the Safeco Art Collection, and served as a founding board member of 4Culture and vice chair of the Artist Trust of Washington. McDonald will replace TOMMER PETERSON, who plans to retire on January 1, 2015, after fourteen years of service.
The SAMFund for Young Adult Survivors of Cancer has announced the appointments of PRESTON ISOM as associate director of development and KATIE NOVAK as community outreach coordinator, as well as the addition of COREY PETERSON to its board. Isom most recently served as associate director of development at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, while Novak served the organization in the community outreach coordinator position on a part-time basis. Peterson, currently a senior financial planner for Lenox Advisors in New York, has been involved with the fund since its inception in 2003.
The San Diego Center for Children has named MOISES BARON as its new chief executive officer. Baron, a psychologist, brings more than twenty-six years of clinical and administrative experience to the center. Previously, he served as assistant vice president for student affairs for student wellness at the University of San Diego and was director of the university's counseling center, an adjunct faculty member at USD's school of leadership and education sciences, and founder of the university's COMPASS Academic Center.
In other news, Independent Sector has announced the appointment of CANDY HILL as vice president for communications and marketing, effective August 25. Hill, most recently executive vice president of social policy and external affairs for Catholic Charities USA, previously served as CEO/president of Catholic Charities of Monroe County in Michigan, as diocesan director of agencies for the Archdiocese of Detroit, and as administrator for Michigan's department of human services.