People in the News (09/06/2020): appointments, promotions, obituaries

 People in the News (09/06/2020): appointments, promotions, obituaries

The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation in Morristown, New Jersey, has announced the creation of two new  leadership positions in alignment with its commitment to becoming an anti-racist organization, centering its work in equity, and reimagining the role of philanthropy in New Jersey. The two positions, vice president of programs and vice president of people, culture and equity, will join recently hired CFO CAMILO MENDEZ in reporting to TANUJA DEHNE, president and CEO of the foundation.

ANNA CRUZ has been named managing director of strategic learning, research and evaluation at the Kresge Foundation. Joining Kresge in 2018, Cruz became the foundation’s first strategic learning and evaluation officer and the second employee of the strategic learning, research and evaluation department. In her new role, Cruz will lead the foundation’s strategic learning, research and evaluation department, stewarding its ongoing evolution in the realm of data insights while continuing to build a culture of learning across the foundation and supporting community learning priorities.

The foundation also announced that ADRIAN A. OHMER has joined its investment office as a director. Prior to joining the, Ohmer, an adjunct clinical professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School, served as senior manager of private equity at the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust, where he was responsible for helping manage the $60 billion trust, the largest nongovernmental purchaser of retiree health care in the United States, and helped lead the trust’s equity and inclusion efforts.

The Carnegie Corporation of New York has announced that KIM LEW, vice president and chief investment officer, will be leaving the foundation after thirteen years to assume the position of president and chief executive officer of Columbia Investment Management Company, where she will oversee management of Columbia University’s $10 billion endowment. In 2019, Lew, who was promoted to vice president and co-chief investment officer before being named vice president and chief investment officer of the foundation in 2016, was honored as CIO of the year by the Institutional Investor Institute, a part of Institutional Investor magazine, and was ranked sixteenth on CIO magazine's "Power 100" list of the top CIOs in the world.

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has announced the election of JOHN DABIRI, PhD, and JONATHAN LEVIN, PhD, to its board of trustees. Dabiri, the Centennial Chair Professor at Caltech, focuses much of his research on unsteady fluid mechanics and flow physics, with particular emphasis on topics relevant to biology, energy, and the environment. His current interests include biological fluid dynamics in the ocean, next-generation wind energy, and development of new experimental methods. Levin, an economist known for his work on industrial organization, marketplace design, and technological change, is the Philip H. Knight Professor and dean at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He joined the Stanford faculty as an assistant professor in 2000 and rose through the ranks to become the Holbrook Working Professor of Price Theory and served as chair of the Department of Economics from 2011 to 2014 before becoming the tenth dean of the Graduate School of Business in 2016.

In other news, the D.C.-based Children’s Defense Fund, the nation’s leading child advocacy organization, has announced the appointment of the Rev. Dr. STARSKY WILSON to be its next president and CEO, succeeding president emerita MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN, who founded the organization forty-seven years ago. A longtime champion for children’s rights and a leader of the effort to bring the CDF Freedom Schools literacy and empowerment program to the St. Louis, Wilson currently is the president and CEO of the Deaconess Foundation, a faith-based grantmaking organization that supports the movement for child well-being in St. Louis through philanthropy, advocacy, and organizing. He also serves as board chair for the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) and as vice-chair of the Forum for Theological Exploration. "Our mission to Leave No Child Behind and ensure that every child has a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage into adulthood has never been more important than it is today during these perilous times for children and for our nation," said Wright Edelman. "I've gotten to know [Starsky Wilson] over the years and I have only grown more impressed....[He] shares our sense of servant leadership and is committed to training the next generation of servant leaders. This is the right step forward for CDF at exactly the right moment."

"Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation’s transformation continues with the announcement of new leadership roles." Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation news release 09/04/2020. "Anna Cruz named managing director of strategic learning, research and evaluation at Kresge." Kresge Foundation news release 09/01/2020. "Kresge Foundation names new investment director." Kresge Foundation email 09/01/2020. "Kim Lew, Chief Investment Officer of Carnegie Corporation of New York, to Lead Columbia Investment Management Company as CEO." Carnegie Corporation of New York News Release 09/03/2020. "John Dabiri and Jonathan Levin join the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation board of trustees." Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation news release 09/01/2020. "Nation’s Top Child Advocacy Organization, The Children’s Defense Fund, Announces Historic Leadership Change." Children’s Defense Foundation Announcement 09/02/2020.