People in the News (04/28/19): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (04/28/19): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The board of directors of the Bethesda-based Bainum Family Foundation has announced the appointment of  JAQUELYN DAVIS as CEO and president, effective July 22, 2019. Davis will succeed BARBARA BAINUM, daughter of founders Stewart and Jane Bainum, who is retiring as CEO and president while retaining her role as chair of the board. Davis most recently co-founded and served as Partner of Education Forward DC, where she led the $11 million human capital portfolio of a regional philanthropic fund, and before that was founder and managing director of Ed-Volution Education Group, a boutique consulting firm supporting philanthropic organizations, local education agencies, and education nonprofits. She began her career in public policy serving as chief of staff to Rep. Nick Lampson (D-TX) and as legislative aide to Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), and worked on the presidential campaign of President Bill Clinton. She is also the  co-author of a number of reports, including A New Approach to Principal Preparation: Innovative Programs Share Their Practices and Lessons Learned, Gateways to the Principalship: State Power to Improve the Quality of School Leaders, and Operating in the Dark: What Outdated State Policies and Data Gaps Mean for Effective School Leadership.

The Joyce Foundation in Chicago has announced the addition to its staff of DARREN REISBERG, vice president of strategy and programs; CATHERINE B. KEARNEY, vice president, finance and administration; NICKOL R. HACKETT, chief investment officer; and FRANKIE VELASCO, senior accountant. Reisberg joins the foundation from the University of Chicago, where he served as vice president for strategic initiatives and deputy provost; he previously served as the university's vice president and secretary and was the first executive director of its Institute of Politics, where he currently serves on the board of advisors. Kearney joins the foundation from the Museum of Contemporary art in Chicago (MCA), where she served as senior director of finance; she started her career working in corporate and investment banking with Fleet Bank on the East Coast and Bank of Montreal/Nesbitt Burns in Chicago. Prior to joining the foundation earlier this year, Nickol served as the executive director and chief investment officer of the $10 billion Cook County Pension Fund, charged with directing strategy and policies for the governance and administration of the pension funds. And Velasco joins the foundation from KPMG's Public Sector group, where he served as senior auditor.   

The board of the Bush Foundation in St. Paul has announced the election of TONY HEREDIA as chair and the addition of two new members, RO ADEBIYI and ARMANDO CAMACHO. Heredia joined the board in 2012 and currently is the vice president of compliance, ethics, and corporate security at Target Corporation. Adebiyi was born in Nigeria and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan. After graduating from the University of Michigan with a bachelor's degree in sociology, he attended law school there before moving to Minnesota as a senior staff member of the 2012 Obama reelection campaign. He currently is senior corporate affairs counsel at Thrivent Financial. Since 2014, Camacho has served as president and CEO of Opportunity Partners, a nonprofit disability organization that helps advance the quality of life for people with disabilities. He previously served as president of Neighborhood House in St. Paul, as a district administrator for the St. Paul Public School District, and as a principal in the Minneapolis Public School District.

MARIET WESTERMANN, executive vice president for programs and research at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, has been named vice chancellor of New York University (NYU) Abu Dhabi — the chief executive of the institution and a member of the senior leadership of greater NYU.  She will also serve as professor of arts and humanities. Westermann joined Mellon as vice president in 2010 and was appointed executive vice president in 2016. In addition to directing the foundation's grantmaking programs, she was a leading architect of the 2014 strategic plan that has propelled its work over the past five years. Prior to joining the foundation, she was the first provost and chief academic officer of New York University Abu Dhabi, charged with directing the development of the new campus and overseeing the design of the academic program and recruitment of the faculty.  Earlier in her career, she served as director and Paulette Goddard Professor at the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU and held positions as associate director of research and academic programs at the Clark Art Institute and as assistant and associate professor at Rutgers University.

KATY LOCKER, Detroit program director for the Miami-based John S. and James L. Knight Foundation since 2013, is leaving the foundation, effective May 10. Locker, 45, said she plans to take several months off to "decompress from the pace of philanthropy" before figuring out what to do next. "If philanthropy has taught me anything," said Locker, "it's that there are an endless number of ways to creatively invest, I am giving myself some space to think creatively about my future." A search for a replacement is under way, a Knight Foundation spokesperson said.

And PND notes the passing of DAVID A. HAMBURG, president emeritus of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. A physician, educator, and researcher in the medical and psychiatric fields and the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian award, Hamburg died on April 21, in Washington, D.C., at the age of 93, following a brief illness. Born in 1925 in Evansville, Indiana, Hamburg attended Indiana University and its medical school, receiving his MD in 1947. He was trained as a psychiatrist, taught at Stanford and Harvard universities, and conducted groundbreaking research into the psychological and biological causes of depression while working for the National Institute of Mental Health. From 1982 to 1997, he led the philanthropic foundation established by Andrew Carnegie. Under his leadership, the foundation intensified its efforts to generate and apply in-depth knowledge to critical societal challenges in the fields of education, health, scientific advancement, and international peace and security. In 1986, the foundation issued A Nation Prepared: Teachers for the 21st Century (1986), reaffirming the role of the teacher as the "best hope" for ensuring educational excellence in elementary and secondary education. Hamburg also introduced the danger to world peace posed by the confrontation of superpowers holding weapons of mass destruction as a new focus for the foundation and supported the creation of the Prevention of Proliferation Task Force at the Brookings Institution, which inspired the Nunn-Lugar Amendment to the Soviet Nuclear Threat Reduction Act of 1991. "David Hamburg was a respected scholar and a visionary leader who followed in the footsteps of our founder, Andrew Carnegie, in leaving a rich legacy of promoting peace, democracy, child and adolescent development, and education for all," said Vartan Gregorian, president of Carnegie Corporation of New York. "Coming from a medical background, David believed prevention was the key to addressing global challenges in the United States and sub-Saharan Africa. One of his greatest accomplishments was to lay the groundwork for what became known as the Nunn-Lugar Act, a bridge of understanding, which helped bring about the denuclearization of the former Soviet republics. We are saddened to lose David, who was a great human being and an outstanding president of the Corporation." Hamburg was predeceased by his wife of more than 65 years, Beatrix A. Hamburg, and is survived by their two children: Eric N. Hamburg of greater Los Angeles, a writer and film producer; and Margaret A. Hamburg of Washington, D.C., former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, former commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and current chair of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 

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