The Ballmer Group, the chief philanthropic vehicle of former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and his wife, Connie, has announced the appointment of TERRI LUDWIG as president of philanthropy, effective January 7, 2019. As CEO and president at Enterprise Community Partners since 2011, Ludwig has led the organization’s efforts to improve communities and people’s lives nationwide through community reinvestments and by making well-designed homes affordable, growing it into a 1,200-person organization with a national presence and eleven regional offices. Prior to joining Enterprise, Ludwig served as president, CEO, and chair of Merrill Lynch Community Development Co., where she built and led the strategy for the company’s community reinvestment activities. She started her career at Merrill Lynch and has held leadership positions at Credit Suisse First Boston and Accion New York.
The Bainum Family Foundation in Bethesda, Maryland, has named DAVID DANIELS as chief operating officer, a new role created to reflect the growth and evolution of the foundation’s work, which focuses on enhancing the quality and availability of resources for children living in poverty. Daniels had served as the organization’s vice president of operations and organizational effectiveness for the past eighteen months. Prior to joining the foundation in 2012, he served as principal at Takoma Academy in Takoma Park, Maryland; as school administrator at Mount Vernon Academy in Mount Vernon, Ohio; and as school administrator at Liberty Christian Academy in Columbus, Ohio.
The board of the D.C.-based Flamboyan Foundation has named MARCI YOUNG as its next president and COO, succeeding the organization's current president, KRISTIN EHRGOOD, who will assume the role of chief executive officer and focus more of her efforts externally while retaining her position as board chair. A nonprofit management veteran with more than twenty years' experience, Young has served as Flamboyan's COO since 2016 and has spent her career fighting at the local, state, and national levels to improve the lives of children and youth of low-income families. Before joining Flamboyan, Young served as a partner at Venture Philanthropy Partners, as vice president of impact at United Way Worldwide, and held leadership roles at the Pew Center on the States and the Center for the Child Care Workforce.
The XPRIZE Foundation in Culver City, California, has announced that ANOUSHEH ANSARI is joining the organization as chief executive officer and that founder PETER H. DIAMANDIS will continue to serve the organization as executive chair. Ansari, a tech entrepreneur, helped sponsored, along with her family, the organization’s first competition, the Ansari XPRIZE, a $10 million competition that helped catalyze a new era for commercial spaceflight. Since then, she has served on XPRIZE's board of directors and has closely worked with the foundation. Ansari previously served as CEO of Prodea Systems, an Internet of Things (IoT) technology firm she co-founded, and will continue to serve as the firm's executive chair. In 2006, she captured headlines around the world when she embarked on an eleven-day space expedition, becoming the first female private space explorer, first astronaut of Iranian descent, first Muslim woman in space, and fourth private explorer to visit space.
The New York City-based Ford Foundation has announced the appointment of Cisco Systems chair and chief executive officer CHUCK ROBBINS to its board of directors. Robbins, who joined Cisco in 1997 and held a number of global management positions before assuming the role of CEO in 2015 and adding the role of chair in 2017, is a member of the board of the Business Roundtable, where he chairs its immigration committee; serves on the board of directors at BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager; is a member of the International Business Council for the World Economic Forum; and serves as chair of the US-Japan Business Council. He previously served on the board of Business Executives for National Security, an organization of executive leaders who volunteer their expertise to help enhance the nation’s security.
The Osborne Association, a New York City-based advocacy and direct-service organization dedicated to transforming the criminal justice system, has welcomed JAMES S. RUBIN, CEO of Meridiam North American, and PAGE TRAVELSTEAD, senior vice president and senior relationship manager of community lending and investment at Wells Fargo, to its board of directors. Rubin joined global infrastructure investor Meridiam as North American CEO in January 2018. Prior to Meridiam, he served as director of state operations for New York governor Andrew Cuomo, as director of the Governor's Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR), and as commissioner of NYS Homes and Community Renewal (HCR). Travelstead has served in her current position for seven years and prior to that was a senior project manager at Fifth Avenue Committee and an assistant vice president at real estate developer Forest City Ratner.
The Third Wave Fund, a New York City-based supporter of youth-led gender justice activism, has announced that KIYOMI FUJIKAWA and ANA CONNER will take over from outgoing Executive Director Rye Young in November. Fujikawa, a mixed-race queer trans femme who has been involved with movements to end gender- and state-based violence since 2001, currently serves on the board of Groundswell Fund and is a Grantmakers United for Trans Communities (GUTC) Leadership Development Fellow. Conner is a mixed, black, queer, gender non-conforming young person based in New York City who came to gender justice work through FIERCE, which brings together queer and trans youth of color across the U.S. to talk about gentrification, policing, and how young people are building a movement to end violence waged against trans and gender non-conforming communities.
In other news, the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB) has announced the appointment of ABASEH MIRVALI as its new executive director, chief curator, and CEO. In addition to setting the curatorial vision for the museum, Mirvali will also guide MCASB's expansion to a new location in Santa Barbara's ocean-facing Funk Zone arts district. Her professional background includes previous roles as executive director of the Colección/Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico City (2005-08); as CEO and executive director of Denver’s Biennial of the Americas (2013 edition); and as senior advisor to the U.S. ambassador for culture and education in Mexico City.