People in the News (10/18/2020): appointments, promotions, obituaries

 People in the News (10/18/2020): appointments, promotions, obituaries

The board of directors of the Russell Family Foundation in Gig Harbor, Washington, has announced KATHLEEN SIMPSON as the foundation's new chief executive officer. Simpson had served as the foundation's interim CEO since January, following the retirement of Richard Woo, who served in that role for twenty years, and as its chief financial officer since September 2015. Prior to joining the foundation, she was director of finance for an independent wealth management firm serving individuals, multigenerational families, and foundation and also founded and operated a public accounting firm providing CFO services to businesses, high-net-worth individuals, and nonprofits. A certified public accountant, Simpson is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Washington State Society of Certified Public Accountants and serves on the board of directors for Confluence Philanthropy.

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has announced that TAMARA MOZAHUANI ALVARADO will join its Local Grantmaking Program as a program officer responsible for leading the foundation’s cultural and civic investments in a Vibrant Communities portfolio spanning the five Bay Area counties served by the program: San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito. Alvarado currently serves as executive director of the Leo M. Shortino Family Foundation, a San Jose-based foundation that focuses on youth and arts, and has held executive, board, and director positions at various local, regional, and national arts and community organizations, including the School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza, the Multicultural Arts Leadership Institute at 1stAct Silicon Valley (now SVCREATES), MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana, and WESTAF (Western States Arts Federation).

The New York City-based Wallace Foundation has named MELKEYA McDUFFIE as its chief human resources officer, effective November 2. A human resources leader with experience at a range of Fortune 500 companies, McDuffie previously served as vice president of organization and talent development at Houston-based Waste Management, the nation's leading comprehensive waste and environmental services company. Prior to that, she spent five years at Quest Diagnostics, a global leader in diagnostic testing, information, and services, and held positions at the Metris Companies, now a division of HSBC Finance Corp., and Norwest Mortgage, now part of Wells Fargo. McDuffie was recognized in 2016 by the National Diversity Council as one of the 50 Most Powerful Business Women in Texas and was honored by HRO Today magazine as an HR Superstar in 2016, 2017, and 2018, and as a Talent Acquisition Leader of Distinction in 2018. She serves on the board of directors of Talent Acquisition Leadership Keynotes (TALK Houston) and Imagine Excellence, Inc., and the advisory board of Dress for Success Houston and Consero.

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City has announced the appointment of JIM O’HARA as chief operating officer, an executive leadership position in which he will be responsible for the operational and financial well-being of the organization. O’Hara recently served as chief financial officer at the 92nd Street Y, a world-class nonprofit that connects people at every stage of life to the worlds of education, the arts, health and wellness, and Jewish life, and also served the organization as deputy executive director and interim executive director during recent leadership transitions there. Before joining the 92Y, he worked in finance, operations, product leadership, and strategic planning for Nielsen Company, the global leader in audience measurement. O'Hara began his career at Leslie Sufrin and Company, P.C, a New York City based public accounting firm.

In other news, ANDREW WOLK has announced that he will be stepping down after fifteen years as CEO of Root Cause, a purpose-driven nonprofit consulting group based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to spend more time on his new project, Finding Common Purpose, a national nonpartisan think tank. ERIN RODRIGUEZ, who for the last three years has been responsible for the day-to-day management of the organization as its managing director, will take over leadership of the organization’s as its new executive director. 

And Legal Services of the Hudson Valley has announced that BARBARA FINKELSTEIN, the first woman to lead the organization, will be stepping down as CEO at the end of the year. Motivated by a desire to make justice a reality for every member of society, Barbara joined LSHV as its leader in 1995 and has increased its footprint to include seven counties and grown the staff to  a hundred and sixty-persons in nine offices across the region. "It is with mixed emotions that I retire from my role as CEO of LSHV, an organization I feel such a strong affinity to, but this will give me  the  opportunity to work on economic, racial, and social justice issues while also pursuing outside interests," said Finkelstein.  "I have complete faith that the dedicated staff and board will continue to serve the community and grow the organization to meet the need for services."

"The Russell Family Foundation Names Kathleen Simpson CEO." Russell Family Foundation Announcement 10/13/2020. "Packard Foundation Welcomes Tamara Mozahuani Alvarado to the Foundation’s Local Grantmaking Program." William and Flora Hewlett Foundation News Release 10/13/2020. "The Wallace Foundation Names Melkeya McDuffie as Chief Human Resources Officer." Wallace Foundation News Release 10/13/2020. "Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Appoints Jim O’Hara as Chief Operating Officer." Lincoln Center for the Arts Press Release 10/13/2020. "Founder and CEO Andrew Wolk to Step Down." Root Cause Email 10/14/2020. "LSHV Announces Pending CEO Retirement." Legal Services of the Hudson Valley Email 10/15/2020.