The Park Foundation in Ithaca, New York, has announced RACHEL LEON as its new executive director. Leon most recently served as executive director of the Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA), a position she has held since 2009. At EGA, she managed a staff of twelve, oversaw its financial operations, organized annual retreats, and served as its spokesperson in the press. Prior to joining EGA, she worked as a senior program manager at the JEHT Foundation on Participatory Elections; served as executive director of New York Common Cause; and spent six years at the Hunger Action Network.
The Kresge Foundation in Troy, Michigan, has announced MONICA VALDES LUPI, JD, MPH has managing director of its Health Program. Lupi most recently served as senior fellow at the de Beaumont Foundation and was a senior advisor to the CDC Foundation in its COVID-19 efforts. Previously, she served as executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission, as deputy commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and as the first chief program officer for Health Systems Transformation at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.
SERENA WORTHINGTON has joined the Chicago-based RRF Foundation for Aging as a program officer. In her most recent role as director of U.S. and Global Collaborations at SAGE, Worthington oversaw a broad network of affiliate organizations and launched successful collaborative efforts aimed at catalyzing policies and programs in support of LGBTQ older people. Prior to joining SAGE, she served as senior director of public programs at the Center on Halsted in Chicago.
The board of trustees of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in Stanford, California, has selected TIMOTHY KNOWLES, EdD, as its tenth president. Knowles, a Carnegie Foundation trustee since 2018 and a distinguished fellow at the University of Chicago, is founder and managing partner of the Academy Group, which prepares young people from underresourced communities for success in school, career, and life. He will succeed ANTHONY S. BRYK, Ed.D., who has served as president of the organization since 2008.
The Edward W. Hazen Foundation in Brooklyn, New York, has announced that CRISTINA JIMENEZ, outgoing executive director of United We Dream and currently vice chair of the board, will take over as board chair, succeeding LORI VILLAROSA, who is stepping down after completing her term as chair and serving on the board for ten years, and that ALBERTO RETANA, president/CEO of the Community Coalition in South Los Angeles, will assume the role of board vice chair.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced the appointments of HEIDI HOLDER as the Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Chair of Education and DOUGLAS HEGLEY as chief digital officer. Holder joins the museum from the Queens Museum, where she served as director of education for the past three years. Prior to that, she held positions at Brooklyn College and City College, where she led outreach initiatives and pro-grams to build and strengthen relationships between the schools and their students, faculty, and communities; led the implementation of pre-college programs aimed at increasing the presence of underrepresented students in the STEM fields; and supported success for first-generation college students. Hegley comes to the museum from the Minneapolis Institute of Art, which he joined in 2011 as its first Chief Digital Officer and where his work focused on strategic planning, implementing new leadership models, cross-functional collaboration, inclusion and access, and team building. Prior to Mia, Hegley worked at The Met in a variety of roles, including general manager of digital strategy.
New York City-based Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit media and educational organization behind Sesame Street, has named STEFAN KASTENMULLER to the newly created position of general manager for Europe. The hire marks the first time Sesame Workshop has invested resources on the ground in Europe and is a part of an ongoing commitment to grow the brand and business throughout the region. Prior to joining the Workshop, Kastenmüller was senior vice president and group general manager at EMEA WWE, where he oversaw all lines of business, including content media distribution, live events, consumer products, sponsorship, and digital. He has also served in executive positions for MTV Europe, Ringier AG, UFA Film & Fernseh (Fremantle /RTL Group), and Disney TV Channel Networks - Jetix Europe.