The Rasmuson Foundation in Anchorage, Alaska, has announced three new hires. VAUGHNETTA J. BARTON joined the foundation in March as external affairs program officer after a thirty-plus-year career in the nonprofit sector that included senior leadership positions in early learning, mentoring, and welfare-to-work. In her most recent position, she helped launch the University of Washington School of Social Work's prevention-based project, Communities in Action. TANYA DUMAS also joined the foundation in March, as a program officer. Most recently, she served as director of operations for the Indian Child Welfare team at Casey Family Programs and before that worked as a corporate litigator in San Francisco, where she devoted pro-bono time to cases in the areas of education and voting rights. ENZINA MARRARI joined the foundation in February after fifteen years working for government and nonprofit organizations in Alaska. A practicing artist, Marrari previously served as curator of public art for the municipality of Anchorage, as grants manager for Access Alaska, as director of education for Planned Parenthood of Alaska, and as adjunct professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage. In 2018, she was recognized as one of Alaska's Top Forty Under Forty emerging leaders by the Alaska Journal of Commerce.
The Bainum Family Foundation In Bethesda, Maryland, has named SARA WATSON, PhD, as its senior director of policy — a new role for the foundation that reflects its evolving work in creating sustainable, systemic change for young children in the District of Columbia and beyond. In that role, Watson will lead the creation and implementation of policy advocacy initiatives, ensuring alignment with the foundation's mission, vision, and strategy as well as coordination with external partners. Before joining the foundation, Watson was co-founder and global director of ReadyNation and ReadyNation International at the Council for a Strong America and served as vice president for partnerships at America's Promise Alliance and as senior officer at the Pew Charitable Trusts. She has contributed to more than one hundred publications and articles and also serves as co-chair of the Early Childhood Development Action Network's Advocacy Task Force.
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation in Los Angeles has announced the election of KOFI APPENTENG and JUSTIN McAULIFFE to its board of directors. Appenteng is the chief executive officer of the Africa-America Institute (AAI), a 65-year-old organization that works to promote enlightened engagement between Africa and America through education, training, and dialogue. Born in Ghana, he has more than thirty years of domestic and international experience as a corporate lawyer, investment banker, and senior advisor, and has served as a board director for a number of highly influential foundations and NGOs. McAuliffe is a great-grandson of Conrad Hilton, a grandson of chairman emeritus Barron Hilton, and the first of the fourth-generation direct descendants of Conrad Hilton to join the board of directors. He brings to the role entrepreneurial and program experience, having joined the foundation's staff in 2014 as a program associate, where he has been active in family philanthropy and non-traditional grantmaking. He will remain on the staff as a program-related investment analyst, assisting in the development of the foundation's program-related investment activities and exploring potential opportunities to use financial tools and market-based solutions in addition to grants to advance the foundation's mission.
Strada Education Network, a national social impact organization based in Indianapolis, has announced the appointment of two local executives to senior leadership roles. AMY DUNHAM, currently managing director of strategic communications for the National Collegiate Athletic Association, will join Strada on June 3 as senior vice president of marketing and communications. Prior to the NCAA, where she has worked for eight years, Dunham served as a deputy assistant secretary and deputy press secretary for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. DANNY LOPEZ will join the organization on May 20 as senior vice president and chief of staff. Lopez has spent the last two years serving as deputy chief of staff to Indiana governor Eric Holcomb and chaired the state's Governor's Workforce Cabinet.
D.C.-based UsAgainstAlzheimer's has named RUSS PAULSEN as its new chief operating officer. Paulsen spent nearly two decades in leadership positions at the American Red Cross, leading long-term recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina and launching the organization's nationwide campaign to reduce death and injuries from home fires. Following his Red Cross service, Paulsen served as a vice president at United Way, heading the organization's 2-1-1 network, where he led the rollout of a national texting platform to provide services to millions across the country. He most recently served as a senior advisor to the Institute for Sustainable Development, providing high-level strategy for the organization's relaunch.
In other news, the New York City-based Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has announced that DONALD J. WATERS, senior program officer for scholarly communications, will retire on August 31 after twenty years at the foundation. The foundation established a standing program in support of the burgeoning field of scholarly communications in 1999 and, with Waters at the helm, undertook to support research libraries, cultural and academic archives, museums, universities, presses, and arts organizations as they embraced the potential of digital technologies in furthering the collective understanding of societies and cultures around the world. Grants awarded through the program have led to the creation of scores of nonprofit enterprises, including Ithaka, Artstor, Portico, LOCKSS, Hypothes.is, and the Digital Public Library of America; dozens of new professions, including scholarly communications librarian, digital repository manager, digitization specialist, and data curator; and a large variety of standards and digital tools for knowledge-making.