People in the News (11/1/2020): appointments, promotions, obituaries

People in the News (11/1/2020): appointments, promotions, obituaries

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has announced ATIQUA HASHEM as its new vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary. In that role, Hashem, who has twenty years of experience as an attorney and served as the general counsel and director of legal services for ChildFund International USA, will serve as an officer of the foundation and will join its executive leadership team. She began her legal career as an international mergers and acquisitions associate at the law firm of Alston & Bird LLP.

The Joyce Foundation in Chicago has announced the hiring of three new program officers — QUINTIN WILLIAMS (Justice Reform), MIA KHIMM (Culture), and CHIBUZO EZEIGBO (College- and Career-Readiness). Williams joins the foundation from the Heartland Alliance, where he led that organization’s campaign for criminal justice reform in Illinois as a policy advocate, researcher, coalition builder and community organizer, testifying before lawmakers in Springfield and mediating between business and community leaders after the recent racial unrest in downtown Chicago. Khimm currently is managing director at EXPO CHICAGO, where she provides strategic direction and operational oversight for the annual international exposition for contemporary and modern art at Navy Pier. She previously served as manager of strategic communications at the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago, worked at the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and was a Rhodes Curatorial Fellow at the Art Institute of Chicago. She will join the foundation on November 30. Ezeigbo comes to the foundation from a fellowship with Harvard University’s Center for Education Policy Research and the Academy for Urban School Leadership, where she worked with Chicago principals and teachers to analyze data and develop strategies to help students succeed. Prior to that, she served as the senior research manager at the University of Chicago Poverty Lab, overseeing the postsecondary education portfolio, and worked in the Office of the Chicago Board of Education and at Chicago Public Schools.

The New York City-based Arcus Foundation, a global foundation working to promote respect for diversity among peoples and in nature, has announced the appointment of GLO ROSS (she/her/he/him/they/them) as U.S. social justice program officer in its Social Justice Program. Prior to joining the foundation, Ross worked in the U.S. Government Accountability Office, where they served for six years as a senior analyst on federal environmental policy. Previously, they supported member-led campaigns at FIERCE! to build power among LGBTQ youth of color in New York City, helped lead anti-police brutality organizing in Atlanta, and facilitated organizing trainings and strategy sessions for various communities and organizations across the country.

RODNEY D. PRIESTLEY, professor of chemical and biological engineering at Princeton University, has been elected to the board of the Rita Allen Foundation. Priestley is a leading researcher in the field of complex materials and processing whose research involves describing and developing complex materials, especially nanoparticles, thin polymer films, and nanocomposites, with a focus on their material properties at small length scales. In addition to his research, he serves as associate director of the Princeton Center for Complex Materials at Princeton University and in 2019 was named Princeton’s first vice dean for innovation. In that role, he supports faculty, students, and alumni in translating research and inventions into services and products that can have a positive impact on society.

MoMA PS1 in New York City has announced the election SARAH ARISON as chair and SIMON MORDANT as co-vice chair of its board of directors. Arison had served as co-vice chair since 2017 alongside former board chair AGNES GUND, who will now lead the board’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee. Mordant will join PHILIP AARONS as co-vice chair. 

The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, has announced the appointment of SARAH GRANDIN as the Clark-Getty Curatorial Fellow, a newly created position. Grandin’s appointment provides a two-year postdoctoral fellowship, during which she will assist in the development of a planned 2022–23 exhibition of eighteenth-century French drawings in collaboration with the Bibliothèque nationale de France and will participate in a full range of curatorial activities. The Clark is one of a select group of international museums to receive a grant through The Paper Project, a Getty Foundation initiative aimed at providing training and professional development for early- to mid-career works-on-paper curators. 

In response to the planned retirement of president and CEO JEFFREY D. DUNN, the board of Sesame Workshop has announced its plans for a leadership transition. Under the plan, Dunn will step into the new position of executive chair on January 1, STEVE YOUNGWOOD will become the organization's chief executive officer and an ex officio member of the board, and SHERRIE WESTIN will become the organization's new president. Youngwood currently serves as the organization's chief operating officer and president of its Media & Education Division, while Westin currently serves as president of its Social Impact & Philanthropy Division. In that role, Westin has delivered more than $300 million in grants and donations in support of vulnerable children around the world and spearheaded a partnership with the International Rescue Committee to launch the largest early childhood intervention in the history of humanitarian response, leading the organization's winning entry in the MacArthur Foundation's 100&Change competition. 

"Atiqua Hashem Joins the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary.." Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Press Release 10/27/2020. "Joyce Foundation hires new staff in Justice Reform, Culture and Education. " Joyce Foundation Email 10/29/2020. "Arcus Welcomes Our U.S. Social Justice Program Officer." Arcus Foundation Press Release 10/28/2020. "Rodney D. Priestley Joins Rita Allen Foundation Board of Directors." Rita Allen Foundation Announcement 10/30/2020. "MoMA PS1 Announces New Board Leadership and $5M Strategic Transition Fund." Museum of Modern Art Press Release 10/30/2020. "Clark Art Institute Names Sarah Grandin as Clark-Getty Fellow." Clark Art Institute Press Release 10/27/2020. "Sesame Workshop Announces Leadership Transition, Effective January 1, 2021." Sesame Workshop Press Release 10/27/2020.