The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation in Los Angeles has announced the appointment of BETH deHAMEL as vice president of operations and chief financial officer. In that role, deHamel will oversee the development and implementation of core systems and processes at the foundation, including the organization’s financial, information technology, and facilities operations. DeHamel most recently served for more than a year as interim chief executive officer at Mercy Corps and before that was the humanitarian organization’s chief financial officer. Prior to joining the humanitarian organization, she was chief financial officer at TriMet, the Portland Oregon public transit agency, and an investment banker at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and Paine Webber.
The Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation has announced the appointment of PATRICE CROMWELL as vice president of its Center for Economic Opportunity. Cromwell previously served as the foundation’s director of youth opportunity and led its Learn and Earn to Achieve Potential (LEAP)TM initiative, a multi-state effort to help youth who are homeless or who have had child welfare or juvenile justice system involvement succeed in school and at work. Cromwell previously served as director of the foundation’s Baltimore Civic Site team and was an executive on loan, partnering with former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley to boost human services agencies' abilities to achieve key results. Cromwell joined the foundation in 2005 from the Open Society Institute – Baltimore, where she served as associate director.
The Kenneth Rainin Foundation in Oakland, California, has announced the promotions of SHELLEY TROTT to the position of chief program officer and TED RUSSELL to the position of director, arts strategy and ventures. As its first employee, Trott has been integral in the growth and evolution of the foundation and its three program areas. Under her leadership, the foundation’s Arts program established an international reputation for taking smart risks, and Trott herself was instrumental in establishing the Community Arts Stabilization Trust, a collaborative model that secures permanent affordable space for arts and cultural organizations, earning her the Council on Foundation’s Robert W. Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking. Since he joined the foundation as associate director in 2017, Russell, a nationally recognized leader in the field and board chair of Grantmakers in the Arts, has developed and implemented initiatives to support Bay Area artists, including a learning community of artis-led organizations that are testing ideas to strengthen nonprofit operating models, and created the Arts program's first comprehensive evaluation framework to ensure that the foundation’s grants are aligned with its goals.
The Simons Foundation has announced that EERO SIMONCELLI will head up the new Center for Computational Neuroscience (CCN) within the foundation's Flatiron Institute in New York City. Joining existing Flatiron Institute centers devoted to computational problems in astrophysics, biology, mathematics and quantum physics, the center will use and develop computational models that help us understand how brains work. A computational neuroscientist himself, Simoncelli received his BA in physics from Harvard University in 1984 and his PhD in electrical engineering and computer science in 1993 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before joining NYU in 1996, he was a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and, for twenty years, an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He currently is an investigator with the Simons Collaboration on the Global Brain, a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the winner of an Engineering Emmy for developing a method of measuring the visual quality of images.
In other news, the board of directors of the Hudson River Foundation has announced the appointment of JONATHAN G. KRAMER as the foundation’s executive director, succeeding CLAY HILES, who is retiring from the position after leading the organization for most of its forty-year history. Nationally recognized for his efforts to develop new ways to support teams of natural and social scientists working together to address critical problems at the interface of human beings and the environment, Kramer has been part of the foundation community for more than twenty years, serving for most of that time as both vice chair of the board of directors and chair of its program committee. He currently serves as director for interdisciplinary science at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center at the University of Maryland and was previously the director of the Maryland Sea Grant College Program. Hiles will remain a special advisor to the foundation, focusing on its fortieth anniversary in 2021 as an opportunity to engage stakeholders in considering the lessons of the organization’s history and their implications for addressing environmental challenges regionally, nationally, and globally.
New York City-based Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of America, has announced that JANICE WEINMAN, its chief executive officer/executive director, will step down after nine years as the organization’s leader at the end of June. During her tenure, Dr. Weinman worked in partnership with the national board of Hadassah to help the organization realize its mission to support Israel; facilitate the work of the organization’s two hospitals in Jerusalem; fight anti-Semitism; and advance the cause of women’s health. Under her leadership, the organization played a critical role in the 2020 passage of the Never Again Education Act, which has brought America closer to ensuring that the country never forget the tragedy of the Holocaust; created new collaborative initiatives serving individuals throughout the United States; bolstered the organization’s relationship with the United Nations; launched reConceiving Infertility, a national initiative to support families dealing with infertility; created the Coalition for Women's Health Equity; and initiated a number of domestic programs.
And LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) has named long-time board member LISA GLOVER, a former banking executive with decades of experience in community development finance, as interim president and CEO. Glover spent more than thirty-three years at U.S. Bank before retiring last March. Her first day in her new role will be March 1, 2021.