People in the News (10/30/16): Appointments and Promotions

People in the News (10/30/16): Appointments and Promotions

The Detroit-based McGregor Fund has announced the election of JOYCE JENEREAUX to its board of trustees, filling a vacancy that was created with the retirement of JAMES B. NICHOLSON last December. Named one of Crain’s Detroit Business’s 100 Most Influential Women in Michigan in 2016, Jenereaux most recently served as president and publisher of the Detroit Free Press, president of, and a Gannett regional president. She started her career with Gannett, owner of USA Today, in 1990 as a financial analyst and earned her CPA designation at public accounting firm Deloitte.

The Astellas USA Foundation, a nonprofit corporate foundation that awards grants in the areas of health and well-being, STEM enrichment programming, and disaster relief, has named MOYRA KNIGHT as president, succeeding JEFFREY A. WINTON, who has led the foundation since 2014 and will continue in his role as senior vice president, corporate affairs at Astellas. Knight has served as an Astellas USA Foundation advisory committee member since 2014.

Philanthropist and private equity billionaire DAVID RUBENSTEIN has been elected chairman of the Smithsonian Institution's board of regents, reports. Rubenstein, who has served on the Smithsonian board since 2009, has given $44.7 million to the institution over his lifetime. The governing board also announced that AOL founder STEVE CASE has been elected vice-chair of the board and that RISA LAVIZZO-MOUREY, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has been appointed to the board's executive committee. All three will assume their new roles on January 31, 2017.

The trustees of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C., have announced the addition of ZHANG YICHEN, chairman and chief executive officer of CITIC Capital Holdings Ltd., to the endowment’s board. Before joining CITIC Group as president of CITIC Pacific Communications and executive director for CITIC Pacific, Zhang, who has a bachelor's degree in computer science and engineering from MIT, worked on Wall Street for Greenwich Capital Markets, the Bank of Tokyo, and Merrill Lynch. He founded CITIC Capital in 2002 and has led its investments in some of China’s leading companies, including Alibaba, Sina, Harbin Pharmaceutical, SF Express, and Focus Media. 

The Global Health Council, a leading membership organization working to support and connect advocates, implementers, and stakeholders around global health priorities worldwide, has announced LOYCE PACE as its new executive director. Pace comes to GHC after having held leadership positions at the LIVESTRONG Foundation and the American Cancer Society, where, as director of regional programs for its Department of Global Health, she was responsible for developing the organization's first capacity-building and advocacy initiatives in Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. She also has worked with Physicians for Human Rights and served as an International Development Fellow for Catholic Relief Services.

The National League of Cities (NLC) and the League of California Cities (LCC) have announced that CAROLYN COLEMAN will join LCC as its new executive director in mid-December. Coleman, who will be the first woman to serve as LCC's executive director since its founding in 1898, has served as a senior executive and director of federal advocacy at NLC since 2006 and before that served as deputy mayor for the City of Indianapolis.

The National Audubon Society has announced the appointment of SARAH GREENBERGER as vice president for conservation. In that role, Greenberger will oversee the 111-year-old conservation organization’s national policy team and coordinate its Washington-based strategies. Greenberger joins Audubon from the U.S. Department of the Interior, where she spent five years driving strategy and policy for the agency as a counselor and senior advisor to both Ken Salazar and Sally Jewell. Prior to that, she served as legislative counsel to Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) and worked as a clerk for Judge David S. Tatel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

MARY L. PIEPENBRING, vice president of the Duke Endowment and director of its Health Care program area, has announced her retirement, effective at the end of the year. Piepenbring joined the endowment in 2000 after seven years at Carolinas HealthCare System and oversaw both its Health Care area and Evaluation Department; she was named vice president in 2009. The endowment also announced LINWOOD B. HOLLOWELL III as Piepenbring's successor as Health Care director. Hollowell, a native of North Carolina, joined the endowment in 2001 after working in hospital administration with the Greenville (SC) Hospital System and has coordinated funding initiatives across a range of issues, including mental health, emergency medical services, and access to care for the uninsured.

In other news, the board of directors of the Robin Hood Foundation has announced the resignation, after more than twenty-seven years of service, of DAVID SALTZMAN, its co-founder and executive director, effective December 31. Under Saltzman's leadership, Robin Hood has grown from a startup that awarded $52,000 in grants to two poverty-fighting organizations in New York City into a highly regarded poverty-fighting institution that has raised more than $2.5 billion dollars from more than 360,000 donors for poverty-fighting efforts in the city. Saltzman, who will join the Robin Hood board on January 1, will work with REYNOLD LEVY, Robin Hood's current president, and a leadership search committee to identify his and Levy's successors. "David always has been and always will be my brother-in-arms," said Robin Hood co-founder Paul Tudor Jones. "There would be no Robin Hood without his fierce dedication to the neediest, his recruiting of an all-star team to join our staff, and his wise leadership. That seminal leadership in poverty fighting and institution building brought Robin Hood to heights we never could have even dreamed of back in 1988. David’s dedication  and long tenure  serving New Yorkers in need are unprecedented. He is a passionate warrior for those in need, loved and admired by an unparalleled group of donors, government officials, our staff, volunteers, the extraordinary leaders of the programs we support and, most of all, the people Robin Hood serves. I am thrilled that he has agreed to keep it going as a board member and the chair of our education committee."