People in the News (10/7/18): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (10/7/18): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The U.S.-based Chandler Foundation (formerly the Cassia Foundation) has announced the appointment of TIM HANSTAD as CEO. In that role, Hanstad will be responsible for leading the foundation's mission to promote inclusive prosperity and well-being. He joins the foundation from Landesa, an organization he co-founded and that works with governments, civil society, and businesses to secure opportunity for the world's poorest people through the granting of legal land rights.

The board of the Genuardi Family Foundation in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, has announced the appointment of MARISA FERST as executive director, effective November 5, and the election of BETH GENUARDI BORRELLI as president of the board, effective immediately. Ferst has served since 2015 as executive director of ElderNet of Lower Merion and Narberth, where she started as a social worker in 2011. She also has served on the Bryn Mawr Hospital Community Health Services Foundation board and as a member of the Your Way Home Continuum of Care Governance Team. Borrelli, who has served on the foundation's board since 2004 as a representative of the "fourth generation" of the family, becomes the first non-founding member to serve as board president. She will assume the role from founding board member LARRY GENUARDI, who has served as board president since 2008 and will continue to serve as vice president.

The Houston Endowment has announced the appointment of SHEEL PATEL as vice president for finance. In that role, Patel will be responsible for overseeing the foundation’s internal business functions, including finance, planning, legal, and information management and technology, as well as the ongoing management and direction of its operations, and will serve on the executive leadership team. She joins the foundation from Covariance Capital Management, where she served as CFO and before that spent eleven years at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she ascended to the position of senior manager.

The Lemelson Foundation in Portland, Oregon, has announced the appointment of ROB SCHNEIDER as senior director of strategy. Schneider comes to the foundation after a decade at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where he managed public-private partnerships between the agency and Fortune 50 corporations and created and managed the $20 million Partnering to Accelerate Entrepreneurship (PACE) initiative, which has catalyzed more than $200 million in private-sector funding for innovative approaches that promote local entrepreneurs around the world. He started his career in government in 2005 as a Presidential Management Fellow at USAID and later worked with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and at the Economic Development Administration. 

The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy in Tallahassee, Florida, has announced BRITISH A. ROBINSON as its new president and CEO. Robinson joins the literacy organization from the Women’s Heart Alliance, where as CEO she oversaw its education/awareness outreach, advocacy and fundraising efforts, operations, program implementation, and strategic alliances. She also has served as senior vice president of innovation and strategic initiatives at Women for Women International, as vice president of global strategy and programs at Susan G. Komen, and in the U.S. Department of State as deputy coordinator/director of private sector engagement for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

VALERIE HILLINGS has been named director of the North Carolina Museum of Art. A Duke University graduate and curator with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation for more than fourteen years, Hillings currently is curator and associate director of curatorial affairs for the future Guggenheim Abu Dhabi museum, currently under development in the United Arab Emirates. During her tenure at the Guggenheim, Hillings curated more than fifteen exhibitions on four continents, including RUSSIA! (2005–6), Hanne Darboven: Hommage à Picasso (2006); Guggenheim Collection: 1940s to Now (2007); Picturing America: Photorealism in the 1970s (2009); ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s–60s (2014); and The Creative Act: Performance, Process, Presence (2017). She will join NCMA on November 1 and succeed LARRY WHEELER, who is retiring after twenty-four years at the helm of the museum.

In other news, the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation in Baltimore, Maryland, has announced the retirement of long-time executive and trustee DONN WEINBERG from both roles. Weinberg, 64, has served as a full-time executive and in-house counsel with the foundation since March 1993 and as a trustee since August 2002. He also chaired the foundation’s board for three years (2010-13). Before joining the foundation, he practiced law for fifteen years in the Baltimore area, specializing in medical malpractice litigation. "On behalf of everyone at the foundation, I would like to acknowledge and thank Donn Weinberg for his significant contributions to the Weinberg Foundation over his more than two decades of service as both an employee and trustee," said Rachel Garbow Monroe, the foundation’s president and CEO. "We all wish Donn a long, healthy, and happy retirement and will miss him. The foundation will now begin the process of identifying [his] successor."

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