People in the News (07/21/19): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (07/21/19): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The Commonwealth Fund in New York City has announced that LIZ FOWLER will join the fund as executive vice president for Programs on July 23, succeeding succeed DONALD MOULDS, who has served as executive vice president since January 2014 and earlier announced his intention to return to his home state of California. Fowler most recently served as vice president for global health policy at Johnson & Johnson, where she focused on healthcare delivery system and payment reform in the U.S. and healthcare systems and reform in emerging markets. Prior to joining J&J, she served as a special assistant to President Barack Obama on health care and economic policy at the National Economic Council and held several positions at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she assisted with implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The fund also announced that MELINDA ABRAMS, vice president for delivery system reform, has been promoted to the position of senior vice president. Abrams has been with the fund since 1997 and has contributed to several of its key initiatives, including the Task Force on Academic Health Centers and the Child Development and Preventive Care Program. In her new position, she will continue to oversee the fund’s delivery system work, will take on oversight of the fund's International Health Policy Program, and will sit on the fund's executive management team.

FAY TWERSKY, a leader on effective practice in the philanthropic sector, has been named vice president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Twersky has served as founding director of Hewlett's effective philanthropy group since 2012, supporting the development of grantmaking strategies, evaluation, and philanthropic practice while also overseeing the foundation's philanthropy grantmaking program. In her new role, she will support the foundation's president, Larry Kramer, by managing special initiatives to improve the foundation's grantmaking operations and discrete projects that fall outside its traditional programs. Twersky previously worked for Yad Hanadiv (The Rothschild Family Foundation), served as director at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and was a founding principal of BTW Consultants. She currently serves on the boards of the Center for Effective Philanthropy and the UBS Optimus Foundation and is the founding co-chair of the Fund for Shared Insight, a funder collaborative working to improve philanthropy by elevating the voices of those least heard.

The Open Society Foundations in New York has announced the appointment of NICOLE WILETT as chief of staff, effective August 20. In the newly created position, Wilett will lead the foundations' work on public policy and advocacy and advise OSF president Patrick Gaspard on new programmatic ideas and initiatives. Wilett joins OSF from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she worked as deputy director for program advocacy and communications. Before that, she served as senior vice president for Africa at the Albright Stonebridge Group and as a senior staff member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. She also twice served as director for African affairs at the National Security Council during the Obama administration and was a senior advisor and chief of staff at the U.S. Embassy in South Africa as part of her tenure at the U.S. Department of State. 

The New York City-based Edward W. Hazen Foundation, a private foundation supporting communities of color fighting for education and racial justice, has announced the election of ALBERTO RETANA, RUKIA LUMUMBA, and LORELLA PRAELI to its board of trustees. A community organizer and champion for educational justice, Retana has worked in Los Angeles and nationally to advance racial and economic justice for marginalized communities. A former youth organizer with Hazen Foundation grantee Community Coalition, he currently serves as president and CEO of Community Coalition Los Angeles and was the director of community outreach for the U.S. Department of Education in the Obama administration. A longtime advocate for immigrant justice, Praeli currently serves as deputy national political director and director of immigration policy and campaigns at the American Civil Liberties Union. A legal professional who has built her career supporting young people and fighting for justice system reforms, Lumumba currently serves as executive director of the People's Advocacy Institute and as co-lead of the Electoral Justice Project of the Movement for Black Lives. 

D.C.-based Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) has announced the appointment of MARCUS F. WALTON, a nonprofit sector veteran, as its new president and CEO. A certified executive coach and facilitator, Walton has a decades-long track record leading institutional change with community-based and philanthropic organizations, including the Cleveland Foundation and Neighborhood Progress, Inc. He also served as vice president and COO of the Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE), where he oversaw operations, HR, staff development, and the administration of racial equity focused programming, and most recently served as director of racial equity initiatives at Borealis Philanthropy. He will assume his role as president and CEO of GEO in September, succeeding interim CEO J McCRAY, who will return to his role as the organization’s chief operating officer.

In other news, UNICEF USA chairman of the board Peter Lamm and president and CEO CARYL STERN have jointly announced Stern's decision not to serve an additional term as president and CEO. Stern will continue to head the organization until her contract expires in June 2020 or upon the hiring of a successor. Stern has served as president and CEO of UNICEF USA since 2007. During her thirteen years in that role, the organization’s fundraising more than doubled, to almost $600 million — contributions that directly translated into significant reductions in child mortality and improved conditions and prospects for millions of children and mothers around the world. "Leading UNICEF USA has been the privilege of my life," said Stern. "The opportunity to be associated with such a dynamic, productive, global institution has been stimulating, satisfying, and humbling. That said, after such a long tenure, I know this is the right time for the organization to bring in fresh leadership and for me to pursue my next challenge. I am fortunate and grateful to have served with such a talented and dedicated team of professionals and capable board of directors. I am confident that the board will recruit a talented successor with the skills, experience, and determination to continue to drive our mission forward."

"Elizabeth J. Fowler to Join the Commonwealth Fund as Executive Vice President for Programs; Will Succeed Donald Moulds." Commonwealth Fund Press Release 07/16/2019. "Fay Twersky Named Vice President of Hewlett Foundation." William and Flora Hewlett News Release 07/17/2019. "Open Society Foundations President Names New Chief of Staff." Open Society Foundations Press Release 07/16/2019. "The Edward W. Hazen Foundation Elects Three New Board Members." Edward W. Hazen Foundation Email 07/18/2019. "Grantmakers for Effective Organizations Taps Foundation and Racial Equity Innovator to Lead Future Growth." Grantmakers for Effective Organizations Email 07/16/2019. "UNICEF USA Announces Planned Departure of President and CEO Caryl Stern." UNICEF USA Email 07/17/2019.