People in the News (08/11/19): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (08/11/19): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation in Morristown, New Jersey, has announced TANUJA M. DEHNE as its president and CEO, effective September 9.  Dehne will succeed CYNTHIA EVANS, chief financial officer, who assumed the role of interim president following the retirement of Chris Daggett last September. A Dodge trustee, Dehne has been an attorney, human resources professional, and community volunteer and is an expert on board governance practices. She also serves on several nonprofit boards and has served as senior adviser to the global nonprofit The B Team. She formerly chaired the board of Young Audiences Arts For Learning New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania and served on the boards of HomeFront of New Jersey and Sustainable Jersey. A former chief administration officer and chief of staff at NRG Energy, Inc., she currently serves on the boards of directors of publicly traded companies Granite Point Mortgage Trust and Advanced Disposal Services.

The Denver-based Colorado Trust has hired DANIELLE SHOOTS as vice president and chief financial officer. Shoots previously served as vice president of finance and business operations for the West Division of Comcast, managing a billion-dollar capital portfolio and a team of sixty employees in seven states. Prior to Comcast, she served as chief fiscal officer for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. A Colorado native, Shoots has been recognized with a Denver Business Journal "40 Under 40" award; was a 2019 honoree in the Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce 25 Most Powerful Women in Business; and is a past TedX speaker.

The board of directors of the Boston Foundation has unanimously approved the selection of T.J. ROSE and ELYSE CHERRY to five-year terms on the board. Rose is a partner at Abry Partners, an information and business services private equity firm with more than $12 billion under management in its active funds. Prior to joining Abry in 2011, Rose held positions at Goldman Sachs Principal Investment Area, the investment bank's leverage buyout group; Audax Group, a $5 billion private equity firm; and McKinsey & Company. He currently sits on the board of several companies within the Abry Partners portfolio, including Aduro, Aegis Sciences, Dr. Dental, North American Dental Group, Sentry Data Systems, and U.S. Dermatology Partners, and serves on the board of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, United Way of Massachusetts, and the Chestnut Hill School. Cherry has served since 1997 as CEO of BlueHub Capital, a community finance institution that has made more than $2 billion in investments in underserved communities since its founding in 1984. Under her leadership, BlueHub has grown from its Boston roots into an organization with national reach, becoming a model for community investment in the United States. She is a member of the boards of Eastern Bank and the Forsyth Institute; has served on the boards of more than a dozen privately held companies, including Zipcar; is a past chair of the Massachusetts Cultural Council; served as a member of Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick’s statewide transition team; and chaired the board of Mass Equality during that organization's historic fight for marriage equality in the Commonwealth.

The Water Foundation has announced the appointment of ALLISON HARVEY TURNER as chief executive officer, succeeding WADE CROWFOOT, who served as CEO from 2016 to January 2019. Turner currently serves as the environment program director at the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, where she directed conservation strategies focused on strengthening organizations, networks, and fields. As part of the senior management team at the foundation, she helped grow it from ten to thirty professionals and directed more than $1 billion in grantmaking. In addition to her role at the foundation, Turner helped initiate and advise the Water Funder Initiative, which works to raise water's profile in the philanthropic community and has aligned more than $100 million to that end from various philanthropic partners. She also managed the California Conservation Fund and serves on the board for Audubon California and advisory boards for Sustainable Conservation and the Water Solutions Network.

In other news, the Dallas-based Texas Women's Foundation has announced the additions of LISA DE LA GARZA as vice president, programs and ASHLEY HARRIS as vice president, development. An accomplished leader, de la Garza brings more than twenty years' experience in nonprofit management, community development, fundraising and advocacy to the organization. Previously, she served as executive director and chief executive officer of Trauma Support Services of North Texas, where she provided leadership and guidance in expanding services and programs across the Metroplex, and prior to that worked for the National Office of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), serving as the National Victim Services Training Manager. For eighteen years, de la Garza worked for Arrow Child & Family Ministries, a national foster care and adoption agency, serving in various leadership positions, and was instrumental in expanding the organization from two offices in Texas to eighteen offices in Texas and three other states. Harris brings twenty years' experience in nonprofit fundraising, consulting, management, and litigation to the organization. Following a ten-year career as a litigation paralegal at Winstead and Bank of America, she began her second career raising money as a nonprofit fundraising consultant with Dini Spheris, working extensively with volunteer and executive leadership to plan and manage successful multimillion-dollar campaigns for the Resource Center-(Dallas), the San Antonio Children's Hospital Foundation, the Circle Ten Council, the Boy Scouts of America, the American Cancer Society, and the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. She also has led multimillion-dollar annual fund campaigns for Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity and The Bridge, where she served as chief development officer. 

"Tanuja Dehne Named New Dodge Foundation President and CEO." Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation News Release 08/08/2019. "The Colorado Trust Appoints Danielle Shoots as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer." Colorado Trust Press Release 08/08/2019. "T.J. Rose, Elyse Cherry join the Boston Foundation Board of Directors." Boston Foundation News Release 08/16/2019. "Water Foundation Appoints Allison Harvey Turner as New CEO." Water Foundation Press Release 08/02/2019. "Texas Women's Foundation Announces Two New Vice Presidents." Texas Women’s Foundation Email 08/05/2019.