People in the News (06/16/19): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (06/16/19): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

After a nationwide search, the Seattle-based Raikes Foundation has announced DENNIS QUIRIN as its new executive director. Quirin has served as president of the Neighborhood Funders Group for the past six years and in that role has grown the network's membership and launched a number of high-impact programs, including the Amplify Fund and Philanthropy Forward. Prior to joining NFG, Quirin worked at the Proteus Fund as a program officer, with a focus on race and equity; for the government reform initiative California Forward; and as a community organizer in Los Angeles. He will take over from ERIN KAHN — the foundation's founding executive director — who is stepping down to work as an independent consultant. 

The John A. Hartford Foundation has announced the promotions of EVA CHENG, MARCUS ESCOBEDO, and RANI E. SNYDER to the roles, respectively, of vice president, finance; vice president, communications and senior program officer; and vice president, program. The New York City-based foundation also announced the hiring of NANCY WEXLER as its newest program officer. Before joining the foundation, Cheng, who previously served as chief financial officer and treasurer, served as a senior financial analyst at D.E. Shaw and held tax and accounting positions with Sanwa Bank and Spectrum Capital. As vice president, communications and senior program officer, Escobedo will be responsible for the foundation’s communications operations and will continue to oversee a grants portfolio focused on improving care of older adults in the acute care setting and through policy change and communications activities. He formerly worked at the Women’s Foundation of California and Communities in Schools of Georgia and taught elementary school in Oakland through the Teach for America program. Prior to joining the foundation, Snyder, who previously served as program director at the foundation, served as program director at the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, where she directed its $437 million health care programs. She currently serves as the board chair for Grantmakers in Aging, a membership organization comprised of philanthropies with a common dedication to improving the experience of aging. Wexler has more than sixteen years of experience in developing and managing integrated care delivery and population health models aimed at improving the quality, value, and experience of care, particularly for older adults with co-occurring behavioral health conditions, and most recently served as director of innovation and collaborative care for Banner University Arizona Health Plans, where she developed care programs for older adults with complex needs and created alternative payment models and payer-provider partnerships. She previously spent almost ten years at two Federally Qualified Health Centers developing and leading programs in the areas of community health, integrated behavioral health, oral health, and domestic violence and has also directed a multi-agency community collaborative in the arena of family support.

The Ford Foundation in New York City has announced that DIANE SAMUELS will serve as vice president for Talent and Human Resources, succeeding SAMANTHA GILBERT, who served as the foundation’s first vice president in that role. Prior to joining Ford, Samuels served as managing director of operations at the New York State Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery, where she oversaw human resources, strategic planning, and operational management for the build-out of offices in Albany and New York. She also held positions in human resource management at the Rockefeller Foundation for thirteen years. A native of Jamaica, she began her career in human resources working for Jamaica Broilers, one of that country’s largest employers.

The Kresge Foundation in Troy, Michigan, has announced that RICHARD BUERY, JR. has joined its board of trustees. Buery currently serves as chief of policy and public affairs at the KIPP Foundation, which trains and develops educators who teach nearly 100,000 students at the early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school levels across a network of 224 public charter schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Prior to joining KIPP in 2018, he served as a deputy mayor to New York City mayor Bill de Blasio and led the launch of the Pre-K for All, a free, full-day Pre-K program for every four-year old in the city, and ThriveNYC, a comprehensive effort to improve the mental health of New York residents. Prior to that and following his graduation from Yale Law School and a brief stint as a civil rights attorney, Buery founded or co-founded a succession of initiatives, including iMentor, a national college access program; Groundwork, which supports the education of public housing residents in Brooklyn, New York; and Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School in the South Bronx. 

The Nature Conservancy in Arlington, Virginia, has announced a number of board and leadership appointments as it begins a search for a new chief executive officer. The board has named former U.S. Secretary of the Interior, former CEO of REI, and current Nature Conservancy director SALLY JEWELL as interim CEO, effective September 3. Until she assumes the interim CEO role full time, Jewell will serve on a board subcommittee along with board chair THOMAS TIERNEY and director FRANCES ULMER that oversees management of the organization. Former CEO MARK TERCEK will serve as an advisor to the subcommittee, as needed.  The board also announced that Ulmer has been unanimously chosen as the next chair of the board, effective November 1, following the expiration of Tierney’s term. The board also has appointed a six-person CEO Search Committee to identify a permanent CEO: co-chairs TERESA BECK and JOSEPH GLEBERMAN, SHONA BROWN, WILLIAM FRIST, Thomas Tierney, and Frances Ulmer. The committee intends to retain an executive search firm to assist in this effort.

The United States Golf Association in Liberty Corner, New Jersey, has the appointment of CHARLIE PAGNAM as chief philanthropy officer and executive director of the USGA Foundation. Pagnam most recently served as vice president for advancement and executive vice president of the UMass Foundation, where he was responsible for leading the strategic direction and performance of fundraising efforts across the University of Massachusetts system. Prior to that, he spent two years in development at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York and more than twenty-eight years leading the major gifts fundraising program at Yale University, including seven years as vice president.

The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., has announced the appointment of LUCY KIM as vice president of development, starting in August. Kim comes to Brookings from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she most recently served as deputy vice dean of development. In addition to her development work, Kim is a trained opera singer and was previously the Administrative Director of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, an intensive summer training program for high school classical musicians.

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