People in the News (09/15/19): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (09/15/19): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund, a private foundation located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, has announced physician-scientist LOUIS J. MUGLIA MD, PhD, as its new president. Muglia currently is vice chair for research, A. Graeme Mitchell Chair of the Division of Human Genetics, co-director of the Perinatal Institute, and director of the Center for Prevention of Preterm Birth at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and a professor of pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He has been involved with the Burroughs Wellcome Fund for more than twenty years — first, as a recipient of a Career Award in the Biomedical Sciences in 1995 and then as a member of the advisory committee for the Career Awards in the Medical Sciences program. He also has been actively involved in the Reproductive Science funding area, serving on and chairing the advisory committee for the Preterm Birth Initiative. Prior to joining Cincinnati Children’s, Dr. Muglia was Edward Claiborne Stahlman Professor and vice chair for research affairs in pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Alumni Endowed Professor of Pediatrics at Washington University in St. Louis. He will join the fund in January. 

NATHANIEL L. WALLACE has joined the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as its new Detroit director. In that role, Wallace will work with local leaders and other community members to discover and invest in opportunities that support a more informed and engaged Detroit. He most recently served as vice president of operations and co-owner of his international family firm, Communications Professionals Inc. (CPI), which specializes in federal IT and professional IT services, and prior to that was the founder and chief operating officer of Prodigy Investments, a boutique real estate firm that connected real estate investors and developers and managed a $10 million portfolio. He currently serves as president of the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Founders Junior Council board and is also on the board of Artworks by Matrix Human Services. 

The foundation also has announced the election of FRANCISCO L. BORGES as its next board chair. An investment manager, two-time Connecticut state treasurer, and former Hartford deputy mayor, Borges will assume the post in December, succeeding JOHN PALFREY, who became president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation on September 1. Palfrey will remain on Knight’s board, where he is up for re-election in March. Borges is chair and managing partner of Landmark Partners, an institutional investment firm, and has headed Knight’s program committee since 2013.  He twice was elected Connecticut state treasurer and d also served as deputy mayor of the City of Hartford and legal counsel for the Travelers Insurance Company. He currently chairs the board of directors of Assured Guaranty Ltd, and serves on several other boards, including the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network.

CECILIA MUNOZ, vice president for public interest technology and local initiatives at New America, has joined the board of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. A Detroit native and the daughter of immigrants from Bolivia, Muñoz previously served on former President Barack Obama’s senior staff as director of intergovernmental affairs and as director of the Domestic Policy Council. Prior to her governmental work, she was a senior vice president at the National Council of La Raza (now UNIDOS US), the nation’s largest Hispanic policy and advocacy organization, where she led a policy team and collaborated with a broad range of constituency groups. She was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2000 for her work on immigration and civil rights.

The National Collaborative for Health Equity (NCHE) in Washington, D.C., has announced that executive director and co-founder BRIAN SMEDLEY is resigning, effective October 31, to assume a new role as chief of psychology in the public interest at the American Psychological Association. GAIL C. CHRISTOPHER, former vice president and senior advisor at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, will succeed Smedley as NCHE executive director on November 1. As vice president for food, health and well-being at Kellogg, Christopher oversaw programming in the food, health, and well-being and leadership and civil engagement areas, as well as place-based investments in Mississippi and New Orleans. She also created the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) process, a multi-sector effort to apply the globally recognized Truth and Reconciliation process to address the history of injustice in U.S. communities. TRHT built on the success of American Healing, a multiyear investment strategy created by Dr. Christopher in 2008 to support research, communications, and policies fostering racial equity and healing.

New York City-based Comic Relief USA has announced ALISON MOORE as its new chief executive officer. Moore comes to the organization with extensive experience as a top executive in the media and technology industries, most recently serving as chief business officer, beauty collection at Condé Nast. Prior to that, she served as chief revenue officer at SoundCloud, the global digital music and audio platform, and held senior positions at NBC Universal and HBO, focusing on digital consumer experiences, brand development, and consumer engagement strategies.

In other news, the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation has announced that its, president and CEO, MAYKAO Y. HANG is leaving the organization to become vice president and inaugural dean of the College of Health at St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minnesota. During her tenure as president and CEO of the foundation, Kang has been an advocate for racial equity and a leading voice for systems change to benefit multiple generations. "To say she will be missed at Wilder is an understatement," said Wilder board chair Julie Brunner. "[But] I also know MayKao will continue to be a force for change in the community and a close friend of Wilder no matter where she takes her career." Kang will remain at the foundation through October, and the Wilder board of directors has initiated a search process to identify her successor.

And the Center for Disaster Philanthropy has announced that its president and CEO, ROBERT G. OTTENHOFF, will be stepping down, effective April 1, 2020. Ottenhoff joined CDP in 2012 as its first chief executive and in less than a decade has grown the organization into a leading voice in the field of disaster response philanthropy. Prior to joining CDP, Ottenhoff spent a decade as president and CEO of GuideStar and before that worked in management positions in public broadcasting and the tech industry, including nine years as chief operating officer of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). The center’s board has hired Russell Reynolds, a global leadership search organization, to lead a national search for his replacement.

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