People in the News (02/21/2021): appointments, promotions, obituaries

People in the News (02/21/2021): appointments, promotions, obituaries

The Rasmuson Foundation in Anchorage, Alaska, has announced the hiring of DEBORAH VO as a program officer. Born and raised in St. Mary’s on the Lower Yukon River, Vo started her career as her hometown’s first female city manage and also served as a tribal administrator, a health planner facilitating tribal management of statewide Alaska Native health services, and executive director of the Alaska Inter-Tribal Council, a former statewide advocacy group for Alaska’s two hundred and twenty-nine federally recognized tribes. She subsequently worked for two companies in the Community Development Quota program, which channels investments from fisheries into jobs, education and other benefits in western Alaska communities; managed rural energy planning for the Alaska Energy Authority; and spent nearly seven years as a special assistant for rural affairs in Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s office, representing the senator at gatherings, advising her on rural issues, and accompanying her on rural travel. Vo holds a bachelor of arts in business management from Elms College in Chicopee, Massachusetts, and a master of business administration from Alaska Pacific University.

The Kresge Foundation in Troy, Michigan, has announced that MICHELLE PERRON has joined the foundation as director of the executive office. A native Detroit, Perron previously managed the College for Creative Studies Office of Exhibitions and Public Programs in that city and was the founding director of Kresge Arts Detroit — a Kresge-funded program that invests in the artistic communities of metropolitan Detroit. In her new role, she will work closely with Kresge President and CEO Rip Rapson, direct special projects on behalf of the foundation’s executive office, and serve as staff liaison to the foundation’s board of trustees.

The Bonfils-Stanton Foundation in Denver, Colorado, has announced the appointments of ELAINE D. TORRES, community affairs director at CBS4, KCNC-TV, as the new chair of its board long and KENT A. RICE as vice chair, and the election to the board of CLEO PARKER ROBINSON, founder and artistic director of Cleo Parker Robinson Dance. At CBS4, KCNC-TV, Torres, who joined the foundation’s board in 2017, oversees the station’s community partnerships and is responsible for station sponsorships, charitable giving, and community outreach. Prior to joining CBS4, she served as public affairs coordinator for the Rocky Mountain News. Rice has served for more than thirty years in leadership roles in publicly traded corporations, nonprofits, and the public sector, most recently as executive director of Denver Arts & Venues. He was elected to the foundation’s board in January 2019. And Robinson joined the foundation’s board as community trustee in October 2020, though her association with the foundation first began in 1985 when she was awarded the Arts and Humanities Award (now known as the Artist Award). She founded her namesake dance company in 1970, which today encompasses the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Cleo II (her second dance company), a Youth Ensemble, a year-round academy, an international summer institute, a 240- seat theatre, and an extensive outreach program serving communities across Denver and the Front Range.

The New York City-based Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) has named KAREN FANG to its board of directors. A national leader in sustainable finance and environmental, social and governance investing, Fang is head of global sustainable finance at Bank of America, where she oversees the bank’s business activities as they relate to social and environmental progress. Before leading the bank’s sustainable finance work, she was head of its global fixed income, currencies and commodities (FICC) cross asset trading division, as well as head of the Americas FICC sales and solutions division. With her appointment, she joins a twenty-seven-member LISC board chaired by former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin and that includes leaders from the fields of finance, community development, academia, health and philanthropy.

The National Book Foundation in New York City has announced the appointment of RUTH DICKEY,  executive director of Seattle Arts & Lectures, as its new executive director. An award-winning poet and essayist, Dickey served in 2019 as a fiction judge for the National Book Awards, which the organization administers. For the past twenty-five years, Dickey has served in leadership roles at arts organizations and nonprofits across the United States, including the Clifton Cultural Arts Center in Cincinnati, where she helped transform a vacant school into a regional organization, and New Futures in Burien, Washington, a group that worked with families in low-income housing.

United Way of Greater Los Angeles has announced CHRIS KO as vice president of impact and strategy. In the newly developed role, Ko, who has been with the organization for more than a decade, will oversee efforts to ensure that every resident in Los Angeles County has a quality education, a stable job, and safe housing. Prior to joining United Way, Ko worked to expand community schools and close the digital divide in West Philadelphia and managed information technology at a Liberian refugee camp. He came to Los Angeles as an economic development policy aide for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and helped to design the Bank On LA program, which brought more than ten thousand low-income Angelenos into the financial mainstream. He was subsequently named a Coro Fellow and worked on special projects for SEIU 721, KPCC, and a LAUSD School Board Office. 

"Meet Rasmuson Foundation’s newest addition." Rasmuson Foundation News Release 02/18/2021. "Michelle Perron joins Kresge as new director of the executive office." Kresge Foundation news release 02/18/2021. "Bonfils-Stanton Foundation announces new board leadership and awards $1.3 million in grants to arts organizations." Bonfils-Stanton Foundation press release 02/17/2021. "LISC Elects Karen Fang, Bank of America Head of Global Sustainable Finance, to National Board." Local Initiatives Support Corporation Announcement 02/16/2021. "National Book Foundation Names New Leader." National Book Foundation Announcement 02/21/2021. "United Way of Greater Los Angeles Announces Chris Ko as Vice President of Impact & Strategy." United Way of Greater Los Angeles News Release 02/04/2021.