People in the News (05/05/19): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (05/05/19): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The Boston-based Barr Foundation has announced the appointment of JILL VALDES HORWOOD as director of its Boston Waterfront Initiative, which was launched in 2016 as part of the foundation's commitment to improved access to the waterfront and climate resilience. Valdes Horwood comes to the foundation from Boston Harbor Now, where she has served in a variety of roles since 2014.

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) has named RAMON JACOBSON as executive director of its Washington, D.C. office. Jacobson has served as acting director for LISC DC since early 2018, when he stepped in following the death of ORAMENTA NEWSOME, who had headed the office for more than two decades. Prior to that, he served as LISC DC's deputy director, overseeing a broad range of community investment activities, from affordable housing and economic development to public partnerships and community engagement.

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has announced the election of DONALD KABERUKA as chair and ROSLYN MORAUTA as vice chair. Kaberuka was president and board chair of the African Development Bank from 2005 to 2015; he previously served as finance minister of Rwanda from 1997 to 2005. Morauta, a former first lady of Papua New Guinea, has served as chair of the Global Fund's Papua New Guinea Country Coordinating Mechanism and currently serves as an alternate board member for the Western Pacific Region Constituency.  

The Leadership Conference Education Fund in Washington, D.C., has announced the election of CAROLYN OSOLINIK as board chair and the addition to the board of JAMES RUCKER, co-founder of Citizen Engagement Lab; STEPHANIE VALENCIA, co-founder of EquisLabs; and DORIAN WARREN, president of Community Change and Community Change Action. The fund also announced the departure of board chair WILLIAM ROBINSON, former executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and of board member Mary FRANCES BERRY, former chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. 

The New York City-based Glaucoma Foundation has announced the appointment of ELENA STURMAN as president and CEO, succeeding SCOTT R. CHRISTENSEN, who has held the position since 2002. Sturman most recently served as senior vice president and chief development officer at Phoenix House and served as executive director of the City College Fund from 2005 to 2017.

In other new, the Sobrato Family Foundation in Mountain View, California, has announced the retirement of CEO RICK WILLIAMS, who has served in that position since February 2012. Under Williams's leadership, the foundation expanded its team, grantmaking and operating programs, and impact — launching new programs to promote postsecondary success, create career pathways, support financial resilience, and increase the effectiveness and impact of grantees. One of them, the Sobrato Early Academic Learning Program (SEAL), now serves more than fifty thousand pre-K-6 English Language Learners and will be spun off as an independent nonprofit later this year. Williams will move to a senior advisor role during the transition period as the board leads the process to identify the foundation's next leader.

"A Special Announcement." Sobrato Family Foundation Press Release 05/02/2019. "Jill Valdes Horwood Appointed Director of Barr’s Waterfront Initiative." Barr Foundation Blog Post 05/02/2019. "New Executive Director for LISC DC." Local Initiatives Support Corporation Press Release 04/26/2019. "Global Fund Selects Donald Kaberuka as Board Chair and Roslyn Morauta as Vice Chair." Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Press Release 05/03/2019. "The Leadership Conference Education Fund Welcomes New Board Chair, Member." Leadership Conference Education Fund Press Release 05/01/2019. "New President/CEO at the Glaucoma Foundation." Glaucoma Foundation Press Release 05/01/2019.