KERRY MURPHY HEALEY, Ph.D., has been named the inaugural president of the Center for Advancing the American Dream in Washington, D.C. Now under construction in several buildings on Pennsylvania Avenue across from the White House and the Treasury, the center is part of the Milken Institute and will offer a broad array of programs, educational events, research initiatives, and physical and online exhibits when it opens in 2022. In July, Healey stepped down after six years as the first woman president of Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Previously, she served as lieutenant governor of Massachusetts, where she led bipartisan efforts to improve services for the homeless and those impacted by the opioid crisis, and increased protections for victims of child abuse, drunk driving accidents, and sexual and domestic violence. She was also integral in crafting the state's pioneering health care reform legislation. Dr. Healey has been a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government's Institute of Politics and Center for Public Leadership, serves on the International Council of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a trustee of the American University of Afghanistan.
ActionAid USA, the U.S. branch of ActionAid International, has announced NIRANJALI AMERASINGHE as its new executive director. Amerasinghe joins the humanitarian organization from the World Resources Institute, where she served as senior associate in the Sustainable Finance Center, leading the center's policy work on international climate finance and the Green Climate Fund and strengthening the capacity of developing countries to use climate finance to ensure good outcomes for people and the environment. Prior to joining WRI, she directed the Climate and Energy Program at the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL).
Following the recent departure of its co-founder and long-time president, Alan Jenkins, The Opportunity Agenda has announced the appointment of ELLEN BUCHMAN as its president. Immediately prior to joining the organization in March 2018 as its first vice president for strategy and program impact, Buchman worked for fifteen years with the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, most recently as its executive vice president. In her new role, Buchman will lead the organization's existing initiatives in criminal justice reform, immigrant human rights, and economic opportunity; advance its cultural strategies efforts; and expand its reach, impact, and areas of focus in support of increasing social justice, access to democracy, and opportunity for all.
In other news, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI) in Birmingham, Alabama, has announced the ratification of the majority of its new board of directors, a nineteen-member body comprising community leaders who are committed to guiding BCRI in its mission to "enlighten each generation about civil and human rights by exploring our common past and working together in the present to build a better future." The announcement comes after a five-month process that began with a community-wide self-nomination phase, followed by vetting of candidates, interviews, and then final selection. The new board slate received approval from the Birmingham City Council at its regular meeting on August 27; two additional seats are pending council approval. The newly elected BCRI board includes CASSANDRA W. ADAMS, Samford University, Cumberland School of Law; TAMERA COYNE-BEASLEY, MD, University of Alabama at Birmingham; NYESHA CHEYENNE BLACK, PhD., Noire Analytics; WILLIAM H. BURGESS III, The Burgess Group; YOLANDA CLAYTON, Alabama State University & Alabama A&M University/Clayton and Associates, LLC; ROBERT DICKERSON, Birmingham Resource Center; DARYL R. GRANT, KPMG Advisory Services; ROSILYN HOUSTON, BBVA USA; DANNY MARKSTEIN, Markstein; ANGELA D. McKENZIE, Regions Bank; J. JOHN OROS, JR., Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau; JONATHAN PORTER, Alabama Power; RICHARD A. RICE, The Rice Firm, LLC; JOHN D. SAXON, John D. Saxon, P.C.; DAVID A. THOMAS, Starbucks; REV. GWENDOLYN C. WEBB, Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church/Foot Soldiers International, Inc.; and REV. THOMAS L. WILDER, JR., Bethel Baptist Church.