People in the News (04/21/19): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (04/21/19): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The trustees of the Stuart Foundation in San Francisco have announced the appointment of SOPHIE FANELLI as the foundation’s new president. Since joining the foundation in late 2012, Fanelli has served as senior program officer, director of education programs, and, most recently, as chief of programs. Prior to joining the foundation, she was associated with UCLA as director of research and policy for the Institute for Democracy, Education and Access and was a senior research fellow with the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California. She completed her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in law and political science and a masters in history in France and Italy and studied at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, where she focused on international law and criminal justice. She currently serves on the boards of the National Center for Youth Law, the GSA Network, and Grantmakers for Education.

The Miami-based Knight Foundation has announced that ELLEN HWANG is joining the foundation as its program director in Philadelphia. In that role, she will work with local leaders and other community members to find and invest in opportunities that support a more informed and engaged Philadelphia. For the last four years, Hwang has served in the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Innovation and Technology, where she oversaw the creation of SmartCityPHL, the city’s first roadmap for the use of technology in serving the community and improving government services. Before working for the City of Philadelphia, she directed programs at the city’s Asian Arts Initiative, collaborating with the community as well as artists, culture-based organizations, and schools to develop and implement youth programs. A member of the American Planning Association’s PA Emerging Professionals group and the CoLab Philadelphia Task Force, she formerly served as member of the executive committee and chair for the Artists Committee for Build-a-Bridge Hopeful Cities. 

The Edward W. Hazen Foundation has announced the appointment of ISABEL SOUSA-RODRIGUEZ as a program officer. In that role, Sousa-Rodriguez will help develop and implement the final, culminating phase of the foundation's grantmaking. She joins Hazen after ten years with the Florida Immigrant Coalition, where she helped shape the immigrant rights movement in Florida and took part in co-founding the national United We Dream network. Sousa-Rodriguez was born in Bogota, Colombia, and fled with her family to Miami when she was six. Unable to qualify for asylum, she grew up undocumented and joined the immigrant rights movement with FLIC straight out of high school. She later served as the state coordinator of New York’s Mexican Initiative on Deferred Action, as a grantmaking fellow for the Trans Justice Funding Project, on the national selection committee of the DREAM.US Undocumented Youth Scholarship Fund, and on the boards of the Miami Worker's Center, Unite for a Fair Economy, and Central Florida Jobs with Justice.

The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation, one of the largest health conversion foundations in the United States and the largest focused exclusively on New York State, has announced its full executive leadership team. The incoming team includes MONSIGNOR GREGORY MUSTACIULO; chief executive officer; COLIN AMBROSE, CFA, chief investment officer; DAVID HORNE, CPA chief financial officer; DEBORAH KONOPKO, chief programs and grants officer; CHANNON LUCAS, chief administrative officer; and LINZIE STEINBACH, chief compliance officer. The foundation, which originated from the successful sale of Fidelis Care, a nonprofit health insurer started and operated by the Bishops of the Catholic Dioceses’ of New York, opened its grant portal on April 18.

YouthBuild USA in Somerville, Massachusetts, has announced the appointment of HEIDI BROOKS as chief operating officer. In that role, Brooks will oversee the organization’s finance, HR, facilities, and digital systems/IT teams and will develop and implement annual and multiyear goal setting while ensuring a strong system for managing progress against both operational and strategic goals. Brooks’ experience includes senior management roles at the Schott Foundation for Public Education in Cambridge and the Citizens Charitable Foundation within the RBS Citizens Financial Group in Boston. The organization also announced that Seattle-based consultant MICHAEL BROTCHNER will fill the newly created role of chief strategy officer, responsible for leading the implementation of the organization’s strategic plan and ensuring that it connects strongly to the YouthBuild’s operating priorities and goals, and the promotion of SHAUNA-LEE RUGLASS to the position of chief of staff. Ruglass, who joined the organization in 2007 as assistant to the former CEO, has spent the majority of her professional career working to bring evidence-based interventions and programming to marginalized communities and individuals in need. As chief of staff, she will provide project management, strategic planning, and implementation support for key organizational initiatives and the CEO.

Newman's Own, the food and beverage company founded by actor and philanthropist Paul Newman in 1982, has announced the election of JOSEPH V. TRIPODI to its board of directors. Tripodi recently retired from Subway, where he was chief marketing officer from 2016-18. Prior to Subway, he served as chief marketing and commercial officer of The Coca-Cola Company (2007-14) and held chief marketing officer positions at Allstate Insurance, the Bank of New York, and Seagram's Spirits & Wine Group. At MasterCard (1989-99), he rose through the ranks to become executive vice president, global marketing, products and services. Newman's Own donates 100 percent of the profits and royalties from its products to charity. Tripodi was inducted into the American Marketing Association Hall of Fame in 2014.   

In other news, Action Against Hunger U.S.A. has announced the appointment of CHARLES OWUBAH as its new CEO. The leadership transition is the next step in Action Against Hunger's strategic plan to create better ways to address life-threatening hunger worldwide. Dr. Owubah earned his PhD in Natural Resource Management and Policy from Purdue University and was an academic and consultant on food aid management before spending nearly twenty years at World Vision in roles of increasing responsibility. He will officially take the helm of the organization on May 1 as part of a long-planned transition with current CEO ANDREA TAMBURINI.

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