People in the News (10/04/2020): appointments, promotions, obituaries

People in the News (10/04/2020): appointments, promotions, obituaries

The Patrick J. McGovern Foundation in Boston has announced VILAS S. DHAR as its inaugural president. Over a long career that has taken him to more than a hundred and fifty countries, Dhar has worked to create more equitable and inclusive social institutions and ensure the benefits of the digital era are shared by all. Prior to joining the foundation, he founded and led two successful social impact organizations, served as the Gleitsman Fellow on Social Change at Harvard University, and pursued a fascination with technology that began with his studies at the intersection of computer science and bioengineering at the University of Illinois. The legacy of Patrick J. McGovern (1937-2014), founder and CEO of IDG, a global publishing empire that pioneered publications such as Computerworld, Macworld and PCWorld  the foundation plans to commit $60 million to $65 million annually to technology for good, with a focus on AI, data science, and society.

The Denver-based Bonfils-Stanton Foundation has named CHRISSY DEAL as director of its Livingston Fellowship Program and Arts and Social Change Grantmaking, a new senior-level leadership position at the foundation. Deal currently serves as director of social responsibility and inclusion at the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), where she has developed a range of equity-centered learning experiences that connect and inspire leaders and communities to build a more inclusive cultural sector, including the organization’s highly regarded Emerging Leaders of Color program. Before that, she served as director of education for RedLine, as a program officer at the Daniels Fund, and as a curatorial assistant at the Denver Art Museum. Since 2009, she has also served as a trustee of the Denver Foundation.

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has announced the appointment of KALIPSO CHALKIDOU as head of health finance. In that role, Chalkidou will lead the development and implementation of an overarching health financing strategy for the Global Fund, expanding and coordinating the work of its health financing specialists, reinforcing its advocacy and support for countries, and deepening its collaboration with partners. Her previous experience includes service as director of global health policy and senior fellow at the Centre for Global Development, professor of global health practice at Imperial College, and visiting professor at King’s College London. As the founder and director of the international Decision Support Initiative (iDSI), a multi-country partnership, she worked with national governments and national health insurance institutions to create effective institutions and processes.

The Ruth Mott Foundation in Flint, Michigan has announced the appointment of two new trustees to its board. A long-time Flint resident, DEBRA FURR-HOLDEN, PhD, is an epidemiologist who serves as dean of public health at Michigan State University and as co-director of the Healthy Flint Research Coordinating Center. An alumna of Flint Northern High School, she returned to Flint to focus on health equity and serves on the advisory board of Flint ReCAST and co-chairs a community advisory task force for the Flint Police Department. JA'NEL JAMERSON is executive director of the Flint Early Childhood Collaborative and Educare Flint and previously spent a decade serving his community in the field of education, most recently as executive director of the Flint & Genesee Literacy Network.

CRISTIAN SAMPER, president and CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society, and CHANDA SMITH BAKER, senior vice president of impact at the Minneapolis Foundation, have been elected to serve on the board of the Chicago-based Joyce Foundation. A biologist, Samper has led the Wildlife Conservation Society since 2012 and previously directed the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. Raised in Colombia, he was the founding director of the Humboldt national biodiversity institute and an advisor to the government of Colombia. Smith Baker has more than twenty years of experience working in, for, and with underestimated communities and joined the Minneapolis Foundation in 2017, overseeing the foundation’s grantmaking programs and providing strategic direction to community initiatives and partnerships. Prior to that, she served as president and CEO of Pillsbury United Communities for seventeen years. JA’NEL JAMERSON is executive director of the Flint Early Childhood Collaborative and Educare Flint and previously spent a decade serving his community in the field of education, most recently as executive director of the Flint & Genesee Literacy Network.

PBS has announced the election of AFSANEH BESCHLOSS as chair of the board for the PBS Foundation, the public-broadcasting system’s national fundraising arm. The founder and CEO of RockCreek, a global investment firm, Beschloss joined the PBS Foundation board in 2016 and has served as a member of the PBS board of directors since 2012. Before founding RockCreek, she served as managing director and partner at the Carlyle Group and as treasurer and chief investment officer of the World Bank. She also serves on the boards of the American Red Cross, the National Geographic Society, Georgetown University, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the World Resources Institute, and this year she was named a “Great Immigrant and Great American” honoree by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

The D.C.-based Leadership Conference Education Fund has announced JAMES RUCKER as its new board chair. Rucker is a co-founder and board member of Color Of Change and also serves on the boards of the Southern Poverty Law Center Action Fund and MoveOn.org. He will replace CAROLYN OSOLINIK, who has served as the Education Fund’s board chair since 2019.

The Bridgespan Group in Boston has announced the appointments of KARA GRUVER and REBECCA RIMEL to its board of trustees. Gruver is a director at Bain & Company and served as its Boston Office head for six years. As head of the firm’s Full Potential Office, she is leading Bain’s talent development initiatives and managing its transformation. Rimel, a senior advisor and emeritus trustee of the Pew Charitable Trusts, served as president and CEO of the trusts from 1994-2020.

In other news, the Weingart Foundation in Los Angeles has announced that FRED ALI, who has served as president and CEO of the foundation since 1999, will step down from his position January 2021. During his tenure, the foundation made a number of significant shifts in policy that transformed it, including a full and long-term commitment to racial equity and social justice and, in the wake of the Great Recession, a commitment to provide nonprofits with unrestricted operating funding. Over the past two decades, the foundation also made significant investments in leadership development for young social change leaders, including the launch of the John W. Mack Fellowship program, and forged collaborative relationships with government. Ali himself led the formation of the California Executive Roundtable, a group of sixteen foundation leaders from across the state focused on sharing best practices and taking action to advance equity; spearheaded the development of Bold Vision 2028, a community-led effort to build a ten-year plus initiative that aims to fundamentally improve the lives of a generation of children and youth of color in Los Angeles County by 2028; and helped create and lead the Committee for Greater Los Angeles, a multi-sector effort that has issued a report outlining recommendations for a just post-COVID recovery centered on communities of color. Effective January 25, 2021, Ali will be succeeded by MIGUEL A. SANTANA, recently the president and CEO of Fairplex and a former city administrative officer for the City of Los Angeles. 

"The Patrick J. McGovern Foundation Appoints President Vilas S. Dhar to Lead New Vision of AI and Data for Good." Patrick J. McGovern Foundation News Release 09/29/2020. "Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Names Chrissy Deal as Director, Livingston Fellowship Program, Arts & Social Change Grantmaking." Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Blog Post 09/28/2020. "Global Fund Appoints Head of Health Finance." Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Announcement 10/02/2020. "Joyce Foundation Welcomes Samper, Smith Baker to Board of Directors." Joyce Foundation News Release 09/30/2020. "PBS Foundation Board of Directors Elects Afsaneh Becshloss as Chair." PBS Foundation Email 09/30/2020. "The Leadership Conference Education Fund Welcomes James Rucker as New Board Chair." Leadership Conference Education Fund Announcement 09/30/2020. "Ruth Mott Foundation Welcomes Two New Trustees." Ruth Mott Foundation Announcement 09/30/2020. "Kara Gruver, Director at Bain & Co. and Rebecca Rimel, Senior Advisor and Pew Charitable Trusts Emeritus Trustee Join The Bridgespan Group Board." Bridgespan Group News Release 09/29/2020. "President and CEO Fred Ali to Step Down from the Weingart Foundation." Weingart Foundation Press Release 09/29/2020.