The Boston Foundation has announced the appointment of entrepreneur BETTY FRANCISCO and impact investing pioneer TRACY PALANDJIAN to its board of directors, effective June 30. They will replace longtime board chair SANDRA EDGERLEY and the REV. GREGORY GROOVER, who are rotating off the board after ten-year terms as directors. Francisco currently serves as general counsel at Compass Capital Working Group, where she is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the organization’s legal affairs. She is also the co-founder of Latina Circle, a Boston-based network that works to advance Latina leaders into positions of power and influence and which recently launched the Amplify Latinx initiative to increase Latino civic engagement and political representation. She is, in addition, a trustee of Roxbury Community College, a member of the board of corporators of Eastern Bank, and a director of the Greater Boston YMCA and Boston Educational Development Foundation. Palandjian is co-founder and chief executive officer of Social Finance, an impact investing nonprofit dedicated to mobilizing capital to drive social progress, and serves as vice chair for the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance. She is also the co-author of Investing for Impact: Case Studies Across Asset Classes and is a trustee at the Surdna Foundation, where she chairs the investment committee, and a director of Affiliated Managers Group.
The San Francisco-based Energy Foundation has the election of ROSE McKINNEY-JAMES as board chair, succeeding BILL RITTER, JR., former governor of Colorado. McKinney-James, the former CEO of the Corporation for Solar Technology and Renewable Resources and a former director of the Nevada Department of Business and Industry, is a member of the Energy Foundation executive committee and most recently chaired its governance and nominations committee, which has focused on diversifying the board. Honored in the past with the GreenBiz Vanguard Award, she is listed in Black Enterprise Magazines Registry of Black Corporate Directors and the SAVOY Magazine Power 300 as one of the most influential African-American corporate directors in the U.S.
The Frick Collection in New York City has announced the election of SHARESE BULLOCK-BAILEY to its board. Currently serving as chief strategy and partnerships officer at the Ghetto Film School, Bullock-Bailey brings more than twenty years of involvement in arts education to the Frick and since 2017 has worked with the museum through its partnership with the Ghetto Film School, now in its sixth year. Prior to her work at GFS, Bullock-Bailey served as director of Tribeca Teaches at the Tribeca Film Institute and received an Emmy Award nomination for her work as a producer on the 2010 feature documentary Off and Running. She began her career as a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs and currently serves as vice chair for Independent Television Service and formerly served on the board of the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture.
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) in Arlington, Virginia, has announced RAMSEY ALWIN as its new chief executive officer, effective August 31. Alwin will replace JAMES FIRMAN, who led NCOA for twenty-five years until his retirement earlier this year. Alwin is familiar with NCOA, having served as vice president, economic security for the organization from 2009 to 2015. During that time, she oversaw the development and implementation of programs designed to promote the economic security of older adults and developed and secured funding for a holistic economic assistance program for older adults during the Great Recession. Subsequently, she joined AARP in 2016 as director, global thought leadership – financial resilience.
The Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., has announced KIMBERLYN LEARY as senior vice president, responsible for managing research and program development across the organization. Dr. Leary currently is an associate professor at Harvard University, with posts at both the Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School, as well as a cross-posting at the Harvard Kennedy School. Before joining Harvard, she served as chief psychologist of the Cambridge Health Alliance and was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellow and advisor to the White House Council on Women and Girls during the Obama administration.
New York City-based Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit media and education organization behind Sesame Street and other critically acclaimed children’s programs, has announced KAY WILSON STALLINGS as executive vice president of creative and production. Her appointment comes following a seven-month nationwide search to replace BROWN JOHNSON, who retired last month. In her new role, Wilson Stallings will oversee the domestic production of Sesame Street, starting with the development of the iconic program’s fifty-second season and will work closely with Sesame Workshop’s international teams to expand the show’s global presence. She aslo will lead creative across all of Sesame Workshop’s current productions for distribution partners PBS, WarnerMedia, and Apple TV+, as well as a pipeline of new series and original short-form content for kids, including Sesame Studios on YouTube.