People in the News (05/02/2021): appointments, promotions, obituaries

People in the News (05/02/2021): appointments, promotions, obituaries

The Chicago-based Poetry Foundation has announced MICHELLE T. BOONE as its new president. Boone brings more than twenty years of community, civic, and cultural leadership experience to her new position, both at Navy Pier and with the Joyce Foundation, as well as as commissioner for Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). In her most recent role as chief program and civic engagement officer at Navy Pier, she served on the executive leadership team and was responsible for the development and presentation of arts and cultural public programs, festivals and special events, the PR/Communications team, and the organization’s diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies. 

Following the departure of KOL MEDINA in October, the board of directors of the Kitsap Community Foundation in Silverdale, Washington, has announced GEOFF BALL as its new president and CEO. Raised in Massachusetts and currently a resident of Bainbridge Island, Ball began his nonprofit career with the Hartford YMCA, went on to work with the YMCA Camp Orkila in Seattle and the YMCA of Greater Boston, where he led the Camping Services Branch, before returning to the YMCA of Pierce & Kitsap Counties, where he led both YMCA Camp Seymour and opened the Haselwood Family Y in Silverdale. His latest leadership role has been at Uplift Northwest, a hundred-year-old nonprofit in Seattle.

The Open Society Foundations in New York City has announced the appointment of DANIELA SCHWARZER as executive director for Europe and Eurasia. An expert in European affairs and international relations, Schwarzer has served since 2016 as director and CEO of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), where she has steered the organization’s strategic repositioning and modernization and has advised the EU Commission and national governments on European affairs. Prior to leading DGAP, she was a member of the executive team of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, where she served as senior director of research an headed its Berlin office and Europe program (2013-2016), and spent eight years at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, where she led the European integration department from 2008 to 2013. 

The Urban Institute in Washington, D.C. has announced the hiring of three new leaders for its Justice Policy Center. PREETI CHAUHAN is currently an associate professor in psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center of the, City University of New York. She is, in addition, the co-founder and director of the Data Collaborative for Justice, where her work has informed criminal justice policies and reform initiatives in New York City, New York State, and other jurisdictions around the country. DAVID PITTS is a senior policy researcher at the Vera Institute of Justice, where his work has addressed the experiences of incarcerated transgender people, postsecondary education in prison, family visitation, and solitary confinement. With two decades of applied research experience in academic and nonprofit organizations, he’s written extensively on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in public policy,  consulted for government organizations at every level, and has taught a variety of courses to graduate students in public policy and criminal justice programs. And JOHN MAGOR EASON is an associate professor in the department of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the founder and director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Justice Lab. Previously, Eason served as a political organizer for then-Illinois State Senator Barack Obama and worked as a congregation-based community organizer focusing on housing and criminal justice issues. 

MARIE-JOSEE KRAVIS will replace LEON BLACK as the chair of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City when Black’s term ends on July 1. Black decided not to seek a second term after numerous outlets reported he had given $158 million to financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was indicted on sex trafficking charges involving minors and died by suicide while in jail in 2019. Kravis has been a member of the MoMA board since 1994 and served as president from 2005 to 2018. The museum also announced the re-election of RONNIE HEYMAN to a second term as president.

In other news, the George Gund Foundation in Cleveland has announced the retirement of associate director ROBERT JAQUAY at the end of the summer. Jaquay has spent twenty-five years at the foundation and serves as its in-house counsel, directs its day-to-day financial functions, and ensures its legal, fiscal, and tax compliance. He also has facilitated the board of trustees’ efforts over the last year to review the investment portfolio through a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens. During his two-and-a-half decades with the foundation, he played a pivotal role in the establishment of Cleveland Neighborhood Progress and the Fund for our Economic Future; led the foundation’s program-related investments (PRIs), shareholder advocacy, and philanthropic services initiatives; and served as chair of Philanthropy Ohio, Mission Investors Exchange, the Neighborhood Funders Group, and the Foundation Center-Cleveland. ANN MULLIN, program director for public education at the foundation, will succeed Jaquay as associate director. A member of the foundation’s staff since 2005, Mullin has overseen the foundation’s investments in public education, including the development of the Cleveland Plan, the Cleveland Transformation Alliance, and Say Yes to Education Cleveland. In her new role, she will focus on increasing alignment between the Foundation’s stock ownership and grantmaking portfolio and its What We Believe statement, will assume responsibility for PRIs, communications, and philanthropic services, and will continue to direct the public education program area.

KAREN MINKEL has stepped down as director of the Home Region Program at the Walton Family Foundation in Bentonville, Arkansas, and will be replaced, on an interim basis, by the program’s deputy director, EMMA PENGELLY. The foundation, with assistance from Boston-based Koya Partners, is conducting a search for to fill the position on a permanent basis. 

And PND notes the passing of DONALD BUTTREY, who co-founded the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy with his late wife, Karen Lake Buttrey, to honor the legacy of her parents, Tom and Marjorie Lake. As a volunteer leader for nearly twenty years and a member of the institute’s advisory board, Buttrey was deeply engaged in supporting the expansion of research and scholarship about faith and philanthropy and helping to provide education and training to thousands of congregations, faith leaders, faith-based organizations, and students.

"Michelle T. Boone Joins the Poetry Foundation as President." Poetry Foundation Press Release 04/28/2021. "Kitsap Community Foundation Hires Geoff Ball as President & CEO." Kitsap Community Foundation Email 04/27/2021. "Open Society Foundations Name Daniela Schwarzer as Executive Director for Europe and Eurasia." Open Society Foundations Email 04/27/2021. "Urban Institute Announces New Leadership for Justice Policy Center." Urban Institute Announcement 04/28/2021. "Marie-Josée Kravis Named MoMA Board Chair, Succeeding Leon Black." ArtNews 04/27/2021. "Associate Director Robert Jaquay to retire; Ann Mullin to be promoted to the role." George Gund Foundation Announcement 04/26/2021. Paul Gatling. "Karen Minkel resigns from Walton Family Foundation." Talk Business & Politics 04/26/2021. "Statement on the Passing of Donald Buttrey from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI." Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Email 04/30/2021.