The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) in New York City has named ANNIE DONOVAN, former director of the federal Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) and a national thought leader on community investing, as its new chief operating officer. A Pittsburgh native, Donovan has spent more than twenty-five years driving impact investing strategies that fuel economic opportunity and stronger communities. At the CDFI Fund — a part of the U.S. Department of Treasury that provides capital to distressed communities — she steered innovative strategies to address local needs through programs like New Markets Tax Credits, the CDFI Bond Guarantee Program, the Capital Magnet Fund, and the Healthy Food Financing Initiative. Her career spans the private and public sectors and includes stints as chief executive officer of CoMetrics, a social enterprise that works with nonprofits to improve their financial management, impact measurement and capacity for innovation; as a senior policy advisor in the Obama administration, where she worked with the Office of Social Innovation and the Council of Environmental Quality; and twenty years at Capital Impact Partners, where she helped spearhead community investment efforts focused on education, health care, and housing.
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation in Menlo Park, California, has announced the appointment of ERICH JARVIS to the advisory panel of the Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering. Dr. Jarvis is a former Packard Fellow (2000, Duke University) and joins a prestigious group of scientists and engineers who are responsible for selecting a class of fellows each year from among a field of early-career scientists and engineers nominated by presidents of fifty universities. After receiving a Packard Fellowship, Jarvis went on to receive the National Science Foundation's Alan T. Waterman Award in 2002 — the highest honor a scientist in the U.S. under the age of 35 years could receive at the time Dr. Jarvis is best known for his advances in the neurobiology of vocal learning and is currently studying the neural and genetic mechanisms that allow songbirds to imitate novel sounds and produce complex vocalizations. He spent eighteen years at Duke University before taking his current position at Rockefeller University, where his lab focuses on how changes at the molecular level can impact vocal learning.
The board of regents of the Smithsonian Institution has announced the election of LONNIE G. BUNCH III as the fourteenth Secretary of the Smithsonian, effective June 16. Bunch is the founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opened in September 2016, and oversees the nation’s largest and most comprehensive cultural destination devoted exclusively to exploring, documenting, and showcasing the African-American story and its impact on American and world history. In his new role, he will be the first African American to lead the Smithsonian, the first historian elected secretary, and the first museum director to ascend to the position of secretary in seventy-four years. "After working at the Smithsonian in various capacities over three decades, and then birthing a wildly successful startup within the Smithsonian, Lonnie has the benefit of knowing the Smithsonian intimately," said Smithsonian board vice chair Steve Case. "Now Lonnie will bring his insights and passion to re-imagining the Smithsonian of the future and creating a culture of agility and innovation to expand the Institution’s impact. The Regents stand ready to support Lonnie’s vision for driving cross-institutional collaboration to create a virtual Smithsonian that can reach everybody, everywhere."
American Friends of Tel Aviv University, a nonprofit organization based in New York City that supports Israel’s most comprehensive center of higher learning, Tel Aviv University (TAU), has announced the appointment of EDITH SIMCHI-LEVI and DAVID P. RAPAPORT to its board of directors. Simchi-Levi, an entrepreneur in supply chain and operations analytics, was a co-founder and executive of Opalytics, an advanced analytics cloud platform that is now part of Accenture, and a co-founder of LogicTools, a supply chain optimization software company acquired by ILOG/IBM. She also is co-author of award-winning textbook Designing and Managing the Supply Chain. Dr. Rapaport, a New York State board-certified plastic surgeon, began studying medicine at Boston University at the age of 16 and earned his medical degree at Tel Aviv University. He subsequently trained in general surgery at Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital, trained in plastic surgery at NYU’s Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, and, after moving to Florida, served on the faculty at the University of South Florida. A son of Holocaust survivors, Rapaport returned to New York City in 1997 to open his private cosmetic surgery practice.
In other news, JOHN BURRIS has announced his retirement as president of the North Carolina-based Burroughs Wellcome Fund, effective November 1. Burris began his career at the fund in July 2008 after serving eight years as the president of Beloit College in Wisconsin and after previously serving (1996-2002) as the first chair of the fund’s Student Science Enrichment Program. Under his leadership, the fund supported initiatives in preterm birth research, an interdisciplinary program in population and laboratory research, innovations in a regulatory science awards program, career awards for outstanding STEM teachers in North Carolina, an innovative mathematics program based on methods used in Singapore, and funding for equipment and supplies for K-12 classrooms. Burris also participated in early efforts to create the North Carolina Science Festival, led a major $25 million initiative designed to provide training programs for MDs considering a career in science, and championed efforts in diversity in science and science communication. "We are sad to see John leave, and we are deeply grateful for his exceptional leadership of the fund. We also wish him all the best in his retirement," said BWF board chair Dr. Michael Welsh. "BWF is an outstanding organization that has a very large impact. The incredible success of the foundation is owed to the commitment, creativity, problem-solving, and hard work of its president, staff and many volunteers. We are determined to continue the fine work of the foundation."