People in the News (08/16/2020): appointments, promotions, obituaries

People in the News (08/16/2020): appointments, promotions, obituaries

BENJAMIN S. KENNEDY has been named vice president of programs at the Kresge Foundation in Troy, Michigan. In his new role, Kennedy will support the foundation’s seven national and place-based grantmaking strategies. A native of Boston, Kennedy joined the foundation in 2009 as a special assistant to the president, went on to serve on the foundation’s Detroit Program, and was instrumental in the formation of a new American Cities Program in 2016, which promotes effective and inclusive community development practices in cities across the United States. He joined Kresge’s four-member executive team and became a vice president of the foundation in 2019. 

The foundation also named GENISE T. SINGLETON as its new director of grants management. In her expanded role, Singleton will lead efforts by the Grants Management team to further align its internal processes, ensure compliance, manage data systems, and provide principled grantmaking and social investments support. In 2019, the team supported the execution of more than six hundred and grants and social investment transactions totaling more than $200 million. Singleton joined the foundation in 1995 and most recently served as manager of the department, which was previously named Program Operations and Information Management.

The Rasmuson Foundation in Anchorage, Alaska, has announced that ROY AGLOINGA, a member of the foundation’s Program team, is joining its External Affairs team as a program officer. With the move, Agloinga's work will shift from working with Alaska grantees to working with Alaska partners on funding collaborations and with Outside funders to encourage giving in Alaska.

The Akonadi Foundation in Oakland, California, has announced CECILIA CHEN as its first chief strategy officer. In that role, Chen, who comes to the foundation with policy experience in both the nonprofit and public sectors, will play a leading role in strategy development across its program areas and the implementation of its five-year initiative, All in For Oakland. Chen most recently served as Northern California Grantmakers’s first Public Policy Director and begore that was a deputy attorney general with the California Attorney General’s Office, where she advanced statewide efforts to strengthen trust between law enforcement and the communities they are sworn to protect.

New York City-based Girl Scouts of the United States (GSUSA) has announced that SYLVIA ACEVEDO is stepping down as CEO and that JUDITH BATTY will be stepping up as interim CEO, becoming the first Black CEO in the organization's history. During her four years as CEO, Acevedo, a former rocket scientist and a lifetime Girl Scout, helped transform the organization, making it more relevant for girls in the twenty-first century. Batty began her Girl Scout career as a Brownie, was a member of the organization’s Nassau County Council, and served two terms on its national board, serving as a member of the executive committee and international commissioner in her second term. Prior to joining the Girl Scouts as interim CEO, she served for nearly thirty years as a senior legal counsel and an executive for a Fortune 100 corporation, where she became the first woman and first Black general counsel to one of the company's overseas affiliates.

And the board of directors of the Global Recovery Initiatives Foundation, an organization in Williamsburg, Virginia, that is committed to generating philanthropy that builds recovery support services for all who need them, has named the Rev. JAN M. BROWN as chief executive officer. Prior to her appointment in July, Brown served as executive director of SpiritWorks Foundation Center for the Soul, a recovery community organization based in Virginia. She will succeed CATHIE HARNETT, who will remain on the GRI board.

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