People in the News (08/25/19): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (08/25/19): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in Chicago has announced that KENNETH M. JONES II will join the foundation as vice president and chief financial officer on  October 15. In that role, Jones will be responsible for all aspects of the finance, accounting, tax, audit, administrative services, and facilities functions of the foundation and, with the current finance team, will plan, implement, and evaluate the foundation’s financial objectives and performance in support of its priorities and programs. Jones currently serves as vice president and CFO at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which he joined in 2008. Prior to that, he traveled extensively in Africa and Southeast Asia as CFO of Danya International, a public health and education organization, and Jhpiego, a nonprofit international health affiliate of Johns Hopkins University. He previously held corporate finance positions at Ford Motor Company, Pfizer, and Prudential and currently serves as a board member and treasurer of the Council on Foundations. 

The San Diego Foundation has announced the hiring of LYDIA VAN NOTE as director of community impact, environment initiatives. In that role, Van Note will oversee the environmental programs and priorities of the foundation, including the Opening the Outdoors Program and Climate Program, and will work with a cross-section of donors, public officials, businesses and local leaders to build strategic partnerships that strengthen climate resilience for communities across the region, create more opportunities for San Diegans from underserved areas to experience the outdoors, and protect the natural environment for which San Diego County is known. Van Note previously served as a nonprofit and campaign consultant, leading local environmental ballot initiatives and assisting candidates running for local office. Before moving to San Diego, she was Nevada's leading clean energy advocate for more than a decade, worked for U.S. Senator Harry Reid as his energy representative, and served as the regional representative of the Sierra Club. She also volunteers as board chair of the San Diego League of Conservation Voters and is a political partner with the Truman National Security Project.

The San Francisco-based Libra Foundation has announced the hiring of KATHRYN SNYDER and MAISHA QUINT to lead its criminal justice grantmaking strategy. As a senior advisor at Tides Advocacy, Snyder provided financial, programmatic, philanthropic, and legal support to a range of criminal justice-focused entities. She also has several years of legal experience as a staff attorney, associate, and law clerk at firms in both San Diego and San Francisco, including time at the San Francisco district attorney's office under Kamala Harris. A 2018 Criminal Justice Fellow at the Women's Policy Institute, founding member of the Bay Area Chapter of Law for Black Lives, and chair of the California Criminal Justice Funders Group, Snyder is an ardent advocate for dismantling mass incarceration and recognizes its intersection with racial and gender justice. With two decades of on-the-ground social justice leadership, Quint has served as a San Francisco Foundation Multicultural Fellow, community programs director at the EastSide Arts Alliance, and communications director and family advocacy coordinator at Legal Services for Prisoners with Children. A passionate community organizer and believer in self-determination in marginalized communities, she has campaigned with Committee to Free the San Francisco 8, the Committee for the Defense of Human Rights, the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, and others. 

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation in Oakland has announced the appointments of MIYESHA PERRY as director of grants management and RICHARD McCONNELL as information technology manager; both positions are newly created roles. Over the past fifteen years, Perry, who will working closely with Loren Harris, chief program and strategy officer, has served in a number of positions at the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation in Washington, D.C., most recently as associate director. In his newly created position, McConnell will over see the foundation's information systems and technologies and work to improve performance across the organization. Most recently, he served as director of information technology for a global nonprofit based in San Francisco where he planned and directed systems migrations, oversaw training on systems and security issues, and managed a global service desk.

CHRIS KISER has been announced as the new executive director of the Barton Foundation in South Lake Tahoe, California. Kiser brings years of experience in nonprofit health care and fundraising to the role, most recently serving as chief development officer of the Banner Health Foundation in Phoenix, Arizona, and before that as president of the North Colorado Medical Center Foundation in Greeley, Colorado.

PHYLLIS J. WASHINGTON, chairperson of the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation in Missoula, Montana, has been appointed to serve a six-year term on the board of trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Washington was raised in Great Falls, Montana, and received her BA in Education in 1964 from the University of Montana, where she met her husband, Dennis, to whom she has been married for fifty-five years. She taught elementary school in Missoula for several years, and her interest in education eventually led to the popular Cultural Lecture Series held at Phyllis Washington Antiques/Maison, her antiques business in Palm Desert, California. She has served several terms on the University of Montana Foundation board of trustees and was instrumental in construction of the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education at the University of Montana; serves on the national board of Young Life, a nondenominational Christian ministry; and is an active participant in Kennedy Center activities nationwide, including serving as vice chair for the National Committee for the Performing Arts.  

BETTI-SUE HERTZ has been named director and chief curator of the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University. A New York City native, Hertz comes to Columbia after a thirty-year career in the art museum field and twenty years in California, where most recently she served as director of visual arts at the Yuerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and as curator of contemporary art at the San Diego Museum of Art. As Wallach Director, Hertz will succeed DEBORAH CULLEN-MORALES, who stepped down in August 2018 to become executive director of the Bronx Museum of the Arts.

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