People in the News (10/28/18): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (10/28/18): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund in San Francisco has announced the hiring of ROBERT JOSEPH as vice president of programs. Joseph joins the fund after three years at Tipping Point Community, where he led the organization’s education and employment efforts to reduce poverty in the Bay Area and developed an initiative to transition homeless justice-involved San Francisco residents into housing and behavioral health services. Prior to joining Tipping Point, Joseph served as a program officer with the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, where he supported a portfolio of youth development organizations and helped develop a statewide initiative aimed at promoting civic learning in California schools.  

Boston-based Fidelity Charitable has announced the appointment of NAGEEB SUMAR as vice president, philanthropic strategies. Sumar spent almost nine years at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, most recently serving as deputy director, philanthropic partnerships, global policy and advocacy, and co-led the foundation's strategy around increasing the quantity and quality of charitable giving in the United States, China, India and the Middle East. In his new role, he will lead a team of philanthropic strategists dedicated to helping Fidelity Charitable donors optimize their donor-advised funds, construct strategic plans, and become more effective philanthropists.

Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation in Madison, Wisconsin, has announced the hiring of REBECCA VILLAREAL as director of education grantmaking in its Community Investments Division. In that role, Villareal will lead a team of program officers and grant administrators in support of Great Lakes' mission to help traditionally underserved students overcome the academic, financial, and social obstacles that too often derail a postsecondary education. Villareal joins Great Lakes from the Kresge Foundation, where she has served as an Education Program Officer for the past three years, and previously held positions at the Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities and the University of Maryland, College Park.

The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., has announced the appointment of STEPHANIE AARONSON as vice president and director of its Economic Studies program. Aaronson comes to Brookings from the Federal Reserve Board, where she most recently served as assistant director of the Division of Research and Statistics and was active in efforts to improve diversity and inclusion at the Federal Reserve, as well as efforts to promote research on economic inclusion within the Federal Reserve System. She will succeed TED GAYER, who was appointed executive vice president of think tank in April.

NEO Philanthropy, an intermediary organization that works to bridge the gap that often exists between funders and nonprofit organizations, has announced the election of CATHY ALBISA, GLENN HARRIS, KRISTEN RUFF, and KERRIEN SUAREZ to its board of directors. Albisa co-founded the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI) and has a background in constitutional and human rights, as well as expertise in reproductive justice, corporate accountability, and economic and social rights. Harris is the president of the Race Forward and publisher of Colorlines. Ruffs serves as senior vice president of member services at Philanthropy New York and, prior to joining PNY, coordinated the public education and humanitarian aid programs at MADRE, an international women’s human rights organization. And Suarez is director of Equity in the Center, a field-wide initiative aimed at influencing social sector leaders to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to achieve racial equity.

In other news, DEREK RAPP has announced his intention to step down as president and CEO of global type 1 diabetes research organization JDRF in 2019, and, after helping to ensure a successful transition to a new leader, will rejoin the organization’s board. "We are very grateful for the profound effect Derek has had on the mission of JDRF and the lives touched by T1D over his decades-long commitment to our organization both as a volunteer and executive leader," said JDRFF board chair Ellen Leake. "He reinvigorated the organization, advanced our mission, improved field operations, and helped build best-in-class research and advocacy teams worldwide, and we are excited that he and his family plan to remain an important part of JDRF as volunteers." 


"Welcoming Robert Joseph." Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund Blog Post 10/25/2018. "Fidelity Charitable® Appoints Nageeb Sumar Vice President, Philanthropic Strategies." Fidelity Charitable Email 10/25/2018. "Rebecca C. Villarreal, Ph.D. Joins Great Lakes as Director of Education Grantmaking." Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates Press Release 10/19/2018. "Stephanie Aaronson Joins Brookings as Vice President and Director of Economic Studies." Brookings Institution News Release 10/22/2018. "St. Baldrick's Foundation Adds Distinguished Executives from American Express and J.P. Morgan to its Board of Directors." PRNewswire 10/23/2018. "NEO Philanthropy Elects Four New Board Members." NEO Philanthropy News Release 10/18/2018. "JDRF Announces Executive Leadership Change; CEO Plans to Rejoin Board." JDRF Press Release 10/23/2018.