People in the News (02/28/2021): appointments, promotions, obituaries

People in the News (02/28/2021): appointments, promotions, obituaries

The Minneapolis-based McKnight Foundation has announced TENZIN DOLKAR as program officer for its Midwest Climate & Energy program. Dolkar joins the foundation from American Cities Climate Challenge, the Natural Resources Defense Council's partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, where she serves as a climate advisor to the City of Minneapolis. From 2016 to 2018, she served as a senior policy advisor to Minnesota governor Mark Dayton in the areas of transportation and agriculture and authored Gov. Dayton's executive order on self-driving vehicles. Dolkar was born in Odisha Phuntsokling, a Tibetan refugee settlement in eastern India, where her family farmed and she learned about water scarcity and community-based environmental solutions. She holds a master's degree in social work from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor's degree in international studies with a minor in social work from the University of St. Thomas.

The Ballmer Group, the primary philanthropic vehicle of former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and his wife, Connie, has announced JANELLE CHAN as its new national director of housing. Chan has extensive experience bridging housing to adjacent issues that are core to economic mobility and previously served as undersecretary of the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, chief of real estate for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, and executive director of the nonprofit Asian Community Development Corporation. She holds a master's in city planning from MIT and an AB in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

The Meyer Foundation in Washington, D.C., has announced the election of FAITH P. LEACH and DIEGO URIBURU to its board. Leach serves as chief of staff at the JPMorgan Chase & Co. Foundation, which has committed to investing $2 billion over five years to strengthen workforce systems, revitalize neighborhoods, grow small businesses, and improve financial health for individuals; she previously served as chief of staff in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity in the District of Columbia. Born in Argentina, Uriburu is co-founder and executive director of Identity, Inc. and has long worked to advance the rights of Latinx, immigrant, and LGBT communities and improve access to educational and employment opportunities for underserved immigrant youth. The foundation also announced the promotions of CIARA MYERS to the position of director for strategic communications, ALEXIS MARTINEZ to the position of partnership associate, and JENNY BURKE to the position of operations director.

The board of trustees of the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia has announced the election of AILEEN ROBERTS as its new chair. Roberts, who has served on the board since 2005 and as vice chair since 2015, will succeed Joseph Neubauer, who led the Barnes as chair from 2015 to 2020 and will remain a trustee, chairing the foundation's $100 million Second Century Campaign. A philanthropist and civic leader, Roberts is president of the Aileen K. and Brian L. Roberts Foundation and has been a member of the Barnes Foundation board for sixteen years. She also has served on the boards of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the Franklin Institute, the Avenue of the Arts, International House, and William Penn Charter School. She currently serves on the board of the Sheriff's Meadow Foundation in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in New York City has announced the election of THOMAS R. ELLIS and BRIAN ROBINSON to its board. Ellis is a co-founder of asset management firm Cantillon Capital Management and serves on the board of the School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center. Robinson is a partner at Goldman Sachs, where he is head of Prime Brokerage Sales, Americas, and the Americas Global Markets sponsor for the Black Analyst and Associate Initiative; he served on the board of the Make-A-Wish Foundation in the United Kingdom from 2017 to 2019 and was named to the Powerlist Top 100 of influential Black Britons in 2019.

The Chicago-based Joyce Foundation has announced the election of CECILIA MUNOZ to its board of directors. A veteran of both government service and the nonprofit sector, Muñoz is currently a senior advisor at New America, where she launched a major initiative on public interest technology and oversees locally focused projects. She also is a senior fellow at Results for America, a nonprofit that advances the use of data and evidence in policy making. Muñoz served for eight years on President Obama's senior staff, first as director of Intergovernmental Affairs and then as director of the Domestic Policy Council. Before that, she spent twenty years at the National Council of La Raza (now UnidosUS), the nation's largest Hispanic policy and advocacy organization.

The Seattle-based Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation has announced the election of SARA LYDING to its board. Until 2017, Lyding served as executive director of the foundation, where she worked for nearly a decade helping to build programs such as BankWork$ and the Social Impact Theatre opportunity. She currently serves as executive director of the Music Man Foundation, also known as the Meredith and Rosemary Willson Charitable Foundation.

Creative Capital, a New York City-based nonprofit that seeks to amplify the voices of artists working in all creative disciplines, has announced CHRISTINE KUAN as its new president and executive director. A poet herself, Kuan comes to the organization from the Sotheby's Institute of Art – New York, where she served as CEO and director. Before joining Sotheby's, she served as chief curator and director of strategic partnerships at Artsy, as chief curatorial officer and vice president of external affairs at ArtStor, and as editor-in-chief of Oxford Art Online/Grove Art Online at Oxford University Press. She also has worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and taught at the University of Iowa, Peking University, Rutgers University, and Stanford University's pilot program of Arts Leadership.

The Cleveland-based George Gund Foundation has announced that its president, DAVID ABBOTT, plans to retire at the end of the year after nearly two decades at the foundation's helm. Before joining the foundation in 2003, Abbott served as president of University Circle, Inc., as executive director of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, as executive director of the Cleveland Bicentennial Commission, as Cuyahoga County administrator, and as a reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "It has been an enormous honor to work at this foundation and, through it, to fight to make Cleveland and our country better," said Abbott, who has led the foundation since 2003. "But change is inevitable and it is simply time for me to hand the baton to a new leader."

 "Dave's patient and steady moral leadership has made the Gund Foundation a stronger organization whose complex components of progressive philanthropy, thoughtful human partnership, financial investment, and justice-seeking staff and board are all more closely aligned than ever before," said board chair Catherine Gund. "He will be leaving the organization at peak capacity for sustainable impact."

"McKnight Welcomes Tenzin Dolkar as Midwest Climate & Energy Program Officer." McKnight Foundation news announcement 02/26/2021. "Introducing Janelle Chan, National Director of Housing." Ballmer Group news release 02/23/2021. "Meyer Foundation staff and board updates." Eugene and Agnes Meyer Foundation news release 02/24/2021. "Aileen K. Roberts Elected Chair of the Barnes Foundation Board of Trustees." Barnes Foundation Press Release 02/21/2021. "Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation elects Thomas R. Ellis and Brian Robinson to board of trustees." Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation press release 02/24/2021. "Cecilia Muñoz Joins Joyce Foundation Board." Joyce Foundation Email 02/23/2021. "The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation welcomes Sarah Lyding to the board of directors." Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation press release 02/25/2021. "Grantmaker Creative Capital Announces New Executive Director." Creative Capital Announcement 02/24/2021. "Gund Foundation president announces retirement plans." George Gund Foundation press release 02/24/2021.