People in the News (08/30/2020): appointments, promotions, obituaries

People in the News (08/30/2020): appointments, promotions, obituaries

The Christensen Fund in San Francisco has announced the addition of three trustees to its board: social entrepreneur and investor VILAS DHAR, who currently serves as trustee and chair of the investment committee at the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation; LISA HENDRICKSON, a community leader and businesswoman with broad-based experience in the nonprofit and corporate sectors and a former president and CEO of Avenidas, a nonprofit senior services agency in Palo Alto; and PHILLIPPE WALLACE, chief financial officer of the College Futures Foundation, which works to increase college completion rates and expand economic opportunity for underrepresented students. 

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has announced the appointment of PHILLIP BRIAN HARPER as program director for its Higher Learning grantmaking program, effective October 1. Currently dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Science at New York University, Harper will shape and direct the foundation's grantmaking on higher education issues, with a focus on the humanities and liberal arts, and will help implement the foundation's new strategic direction, which is focused on advancing social justice and equity.

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust has announced the appointment of OMARI RICHINS, currently a community health fellow at the Mat-Su Health Foundation in Wasilla, Alaska, as a program officer in its Health Improvement in North Carolina program. In his new role, Richins will work to build cross-sectoral relationships with community stakeholders; direct grantmaking focused on improving the health and well-being of low-income residents, communities of color, and marginalized areas in the state; and support the foundation's Healthy Places NC initiative, a ten-year, $100 million effort to improve health in some of the state's most vibrant yet underresourced rural counties.

World Food Program USA has named GABRIELLA MORRIS as its chief philanthropy officer, effective September 8. Morris currently serves as senior vice president of strategic partnerships and interim chief development officer at UNICEF USA and, before that, served as senior vice president of the UNICEF USA Bridge Fund, an impact investment fund aimed at accelerating donor commitments to UNICEF.

The Fund for the Arts in Louisville, Kentucky, has announced that its president and CEO, CHRISTEN BOONE, will step down on June 30, 2021. Boone, who was appointed to the position in 2014, launched the Imagine Mural Festival in Smoketown, helped create the Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 Cultural Plan, and has helped raised more than $50 million during her tenure as president and CEO. Upon leaving the fund, she plans to work full-time as a strategic consultant with the Boone Group, a firm she founded in 2012.