People in the News (01/06/19): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (01/06/19): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund in San Francisco has named CATHY CHA as its new president. Cha joined the fund's staff in 2003 and over the past two years has served as vice president of programs as part of a planned leadership transition. According to a post co-authored by the fund's board, she "brings a record of collaborative results and a passion for fairness and justice to her new role" and will continue to be "a strategic, effective, and powerful champion for people and communities aspiring to enjoy the opportunities and freedoms inherent in the American promise."     

The board of trustees of the Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has announced the appointment of DAVID M. BEACH as president and chief executive officer. A native of Baton Rouge and a graduate of the United States Military Academy, Beach served most recently as a vice president in the Trust Department at Hancock Whitney Bank, serving clients across south Louisiana. The board also announced that former president DANIEL J. BEVAN, who retired at the end of 2018, will remain as a trustee following his retirement and that JAN S. ROSS has been promoted to the position of executive vice president-philanthropy. In that role, Ross, who joined the foundation in 2000, will lead all engagements with the foundation's various philanthropic, community, and nonprofit partners.

The William T. Grant Foundation in New York City has announced the addition of FABIENNE DOUCET and RICHARD MURNANE to its program team. Doucet has taken a leave of absence from her position as associate professor of early childhood education and urban education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She also was an affiliated faculty member with the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Institute for Human Development and Social Change, and the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools. In addition to her extensive scholarly publications, she is finalizing a book to guide practitioners in developing strong relationships with immigrant families, as well as an edited volume that highlights research on family-school partnerships within diverse ethnocultural communities. Murnane is the Thompson Research Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Over the last forty years, he has studied the relationships between the U.S. economy and U.S. educational system. Most recently, he and economist Greg Duncan, a William T. Grant Foundation trustee, co-led a large research project examining the respects in which growth in family income inequality in the U.S. has affected educational opportunities for children from low-income families and the effectiveness of alternative strategies for improving life chances for these children. Products of the project included the edited volume, Whither Opportunity (Russell Sage, 2011), and Restoring Opportunity (Harvard Education Press and Russell Sage, 2014). His many books include The Impact of School Resources on the Learning of Inner City Children (Ballinger, 1975), Who Will Teach? (Harvard University Press, 1991), Teaching the New Basic Skills (Free Press), The New Division of Labor (Princeton University Press, 2004), and Methods Matter (Oxford U. Press, 2011).

The John R. Oishei Foundation in Buffalo, New York, has announced the promotion of CURTIS W. ROBBINS to the position of director of strategy, research and evaluation. Robbins has served as the foundation’s full-time knowledge management officer since 2013 and had previously served in a shared knowledge management position between the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo and the Oishei Foundation beginning in 2010.

The Tucson-based Women's Foundation of Southern Arizona has announced the selection of AMALIA LUXARDO as its new chief executive officer. A first-generation immigrant, Luxardo previously served as director of philanthropy at the Florence Project, where in 2018 she helped raise more than $6 million in response to the family separation crisis and nearly doubled the organization's programmatic budget. Earlier in her career, she served the broader Hispanic/Latino community in Washington, D.C., as a researcher and policy advisor on immigrant rights and issues surrounding the socioeconomic impact of immigrants in the community.

In other news, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C., has announced that BRETT McGURK will be joining the organization as a non-resident senior fellow in its Middle East program. McGurk recently served as special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS at the U.S. Department of State and previously served in senior positions in the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations, including as special assistant to President Bush and senior director for Iraq and Afghanistan, then as deputy assistant secretary of state for Iraq and Iran, and as special presidential envoy for the U.S. campaign against the Islamic State under President Obama. 

"Welcoming the Fund’s New President." Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund Blog Post 01/04/2019. "Wilson Foundation Announces Appointment of David Beach as President and CEO." Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation Email 01/02/2019. "William T. Grant Foundation Welcomes Two New Members to Program Staff." William T. Grant Foundation Email 01/02/2019. "Curtis W. Robbins Promoted to Director of Strategy, Research and Evaluation." John R. Oishei Foundation News Release 01/03/2019. "Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona Hires Amalia Luxardo." Inside Tucson Business 01/04/2019. "Brett McGurk to Join Carnegie Endowment for International Peace as Nonresident Senior Fellow." Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Press Release 01/03/2019.