People in the News (07/07/19): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (07/07/19): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation in Los Angeles has announced the appointment of SHAHEEN KASSIM-LAKHA as director of strategic partnerships, a new role within the foundation. Reporting to Marshall Stowell, vice president for communications, Kassim-Lakha will lead the development and implementation of external engagements, including collaborations with peer funders and national and international partners, with the goal of unlocking resources and shifting policies that enable the foundation to increase its impact. Kassim-Lakha joined the foundation in 2007 and developed and led its international portfolio focused on safe water access, disaster relief and recovery, avoidable blindness, and children affected by HIV and AIDS. She previously held positions as senior program officer at the UniHealth Foundation and as manager for community benefit at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Environmental Epidemiologis in Toronto. She also has served as a consultant to foundations, donor organizations, and civil society organizations, working in the areas of regional health systems development, program evaluation, and health policy research.

VERITY A. JONES has joined the Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment as program director in its religion division. Ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Jones has served as a pastor in congregations in Connecticut and Indiana and is the former publisher of DisciplesWorld, a magazine of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). In recent years, she has worked as a consultant to the endowment’s religion division, convening pastors, theological educators, and other religious leaders from around the country to explore critical challenges facing Christian churches. In her new role, she will build on these efforts and develop new vehicles for sharing insights from grant-supported projects with leaders of Christian communities, including a newsletter that will highlight the work of endowment grantees in religion.

The Panta Rhea Foundation in Sausalito, California, has announced that CONNIE MALLOY will join the foundation us its new executive director on October 1. A veteran social and environmental activist, urban planner, and philanthropist, Malloy will join the foundation from the James Irvine Foundation, where she led the California Democracy Program and the foundation’s Leadership Awards, Pay for Success, and Community Leadership projects. Prior to that, she served as senior director of programs at Urban Habitat, a San Francisco Bay Area environmental justice organization and Panta Rhea grantee. In addition, she is finishing up a ten-year term on California’s inaugural Citizens Redistricting Commission, for which she currently serves as chair. In 2011, Malloy and thirteen other people drew California’s Assembly, Senate, Congressional and Board of Equalization electoral maps in a fair, transparent process, inspiring many other states to take back redistricting and ensure that voters actually choose their elected representatives

The Wichita-based Kansas Health Foundation has announced the addition of SYLVIA PENNER to its board of directors. Penner, a lifelong Kansan, has been an attorney in Wichita for fifteen years and joined the offices of Fleeson, Gooing, Coulson & Kitch LLC in 2008. Bilingual and known for representing clients from both English- and Spanish-speaking communities, she also serves on the Wichita Women Attorneys Association; the Criminal Practice, Law in Education, and Professional Diversity Committees of the Wichita Bar Association; and the boards of Kansas Appleseed, the Salvation Army, and Child Start.

SARAH ARMSTRONG has been named executive director of the D.C.-based Internet Society Foundation. Armstrong most recently worked with Abt Associates, where she was responsible for strategy, operations, and program management for the communications, marketing, and business development functions, and before that served as director of outreach and communications in Juba, South Sudan, for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). She also has worked as a consultant to domestic and international non-profits and has directed successful programs for a range of organizations, including AARP and the American Red Cross. In 2004, she established A Brighter Tomorrow for Africa Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of women and children in Sierra Leone, West Africa, and subsequently was awarded the Humanitarian Leadership Award by the National Organization of Sierra Leoneans of North America.

The Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans (PANA) in San Diego has announced that GENEVIEVE JONES-WRIGHT is joining the organization as its first legal director. In that role, Jones-Wright will help PANA develop human rights and national security impact litigation and lead the organization’s efforts to create a rapid response legal infrastructure in the region to respond to growing threats to Muslim, asylee, and refugee communities. Jones-Wright comes to PANA after serving as a deputy public defender in San Diego County for thirteen years, representing individuals charged with serious criminal offenses and serving as a voice for our marginalized groups. In 2018, she ran for San Diego County District Attorney, and she currently serves on San Diego’s Commission on Gang Prevention and Intervention and on the board of the David’s Harp Foundation, an organization that transforms the lives of "at-risk" and homeless youth through the power of music.

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