People in the News (02/17/19): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (02/17/19): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The board of directors of the Pittsburgh Foundation has announced the selection of LISA M. SCHROEDER as the foundation's next president. A former member of the board and the first woman to lead the foundation, Schroeder will succeed MAXWELL KING, who is retiring at the end of the summer after five years as president. From 2002 to 2015, Schroeder led Riverlife, a public-private partnership established in 1999 to guide and advocate for redevelopment of Pittsburgh's riverfronts. She left the organization to return to her hometown of Baltimore to become president and CEO of the Parks & People Foundation, which is dedicated to generating more resources and greater appreciation by residents for their city parks, succeeding organization's founder and president, who had served in those roles for twenty years. As head of the Pittsburgh-based Heinz Endowments, King was one of Riverlife's founders and served as board chair when Schroeder was hired as president. “From the very beginning of Lisa's tenure in Pittsburgh through her recent work accomplishing so many wonderful things in Baltimore, there has been one constant in her leadership,” King said. “She is focused on the human element — on the people who are most in need of what foundations and nonprofits provide.” The board, he added, “has made such a wise choice for the foundation's and Pittsburgh's future, and having a woman in the position is long overdue.” Schroeder will join the foundation in a full-time basis in June.    

The Bainum Family Foundation in Bethesda, Maryland, has announced two changes to its senior staff: MAE CHEUNG has joined the foundation as general counsel and senior director, compliance, and LEILA OTIS, formerly senior director, program operations, has been named vice president, programs. Both roles are new to the organization. Cheung previously served as senior director, general counsel for the Optical Society in the District of Columbia and, before that, an associate at Gammon & Grange, P.C. and an attorney at Jones Day. She began her career in education working as a teacher at the Trinity School at Greenlawn in South Bend, Indiana, and holds a juris doctor and a bachelor of arts, both from the University of Notre Dame. Otis joined the foundation in 2014 as a consultant and initially served as senior director, food security initiative before becoming senior director, program operations in 2017. Prior to joining the foundation, she led investment research at SunBridge Capital Management, LLC, and worked in marketing at American Express.

The Barr Foundation in Boston has announced the appointment of SHANNA CLEVELAND as program officer in its Clean Energy program. In that role, Cleveland will focus on clean energy strategies, with the goal of reducing the energy sector's emissions and building a path to a clean, efficient, and modern energy system. Cleveland comes to the foundation from Free Speech For People, where she served as senior counsel, crafting legal and legislative strategies to advance campaign finance reform and ensure a democratic process that works for all. Before that, she worked as staff attorney and senior attorney for the Conservation Law Foundation's Clean Energy and Climate program, where she focused on the phase-out of coal-fired power plants, alternatives to new natural gas infrastructure, and the implementation of energy efficiency programs, and as director of Ceres' Carbon Asset Risk Initiative, where she mobilized a global coalition of investors to engage with fossil fuel companies on climate risk.

The board of directors of Nemours Children's Health System in Jacksonville, Florida, has announced the election of ROBERT G. RINEY as chair of the Nemours Foundation, succeeding BRIAN ANDERSON, who has been a Nemours board member for thirteen years and served as chair for the last three years. A Nemours Foundation board member since 2006, Riney has served as chief operating officer of Henry Ford Health System since 2003, in which role he oversees all hospital and service operations for the six-hospital health system.

RAINA LAMPKINS-FIELDER has been named curator of the Atlanta-based Souls Grown Deep Foundation, which is dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting the work of artists from the African-American South and holds the foremost collection of works of African-American artists from the region. Based in Paris, Lampkins-Fielder most recently served as artistic director and curator at the Mona Bismarck American Center for Art (MBAC). Her career as an art historian, museum educator, and curator of twentieth century and contemporary American Art includes service as associate director, Helena Rubinstein Chair of Education at the Whitney Museum of American Art, where she oversaw programming connected with the 2002-03 exhibition “The Quilts of Gee's Bend”; as director, academic advising at the Paris College of Art (formerly Parsons Paris School of Art + Design); as chair of the museum program at the New York State Council for the Arts; as manager of public programs, film & video at the Brooklyn Museum; as public programming associate at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City; and as education programs coordinator at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

The Russell Family Foundation (TRFF) in Gig Harbor, Washington, has announced that chief executive officer RICHARD WOO will be stepping down after nearly twenty years. The foundation was established in 1999, and founders Jane and George Russell, along with their family, brought Woo on board as CEO in 2000. Under Woo's leadership and in collaboration with the foundation's board of directors, TRFF has granted approximately $130 million in support to hundreds of community groups and individuals who share in TRFF's vision of a sustainable and peaceful world for people, places, and communities. The foundation has pursued impact investing for the past fifteen years and was an early adopter and original signatory of the Divest-Invest Philanthropy movement in 2014. A search for Woo's successor is under way.

And after eight years in the job, K. SUJATA will be stepping down as president and CEO of the Chicago Foundation for Women, effective March 15. While Koya Leadership Partners leads the search for a new president and CEO, CFW co-founder SUNNY FISCHER will serve as the organization's interim president and CEO. In addition to guiding CFW's vision in its earliest years, Fischer served for more than two decades as executive director of the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

"Civic Leader Lisa Schroeder Named Foundation President." Pittsburgh Foundation Announcement 02/11/2019. "Bainum Family Foundation Appoints Mae Cheung as General Counsel and Senior Director, Compliance; Promotes Leila Otis to Vice President, Programs." Bainum Family Foundation Announcement 02/07/2019. "Shanna Cleveland to Join Barr’s Climate Team." Barr Foundation News Release 02/08/2019. "Nemours Foundation Names Robert G. Riney Chairman of the Board." Nemours Foundation Press Release 02/12/2019. "Raina Lampkins-Fielder Named Curator of Souls Grown Deep Foundation." Souls Grown Deep Foundation News Release 02/14/2019. "The Russell Family Foundation Announces CEO Transition in 2019." Russell Family Foundation News Release 02/13/2019. "Interim Leadership for CFW." Chicago Foundation for Women News Release 02/11/2019.