People in the News (11/15/2020): appointments, promotions, obituaries

People in the News (11/15/2020): appointments, promotions, obituaries

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation in Atlanta has named FAY TWERSKY as its new president, effective February 15, 2021. In that role, Twersky, who is succeeding the retiring PENELOPE McPHEE, will lead all strategy, operations, and grantmaking efforts for the Foundation, serve on the Blank family of businesses executive leadership team, and develop synergies with the family’s grantmaking portfolio to provide support for all social mission work undertaken by its associate-led giving committees within the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United, PGA TOUR Superstore, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Mountain Sky Guest Ranch, Paradise Valley Ranch, and West Creek Ranch. Twersky currently serves as vice president at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, where she works closely with the foundation’s president, Larry Kramer, and manages special initiatives aimed at improving the foundation’s grantmaking. She also leads the foundation’s Effective Philanthropy Group, which guides strategy, evaluation and organization learning within the foundation, and leads grantmaking in support of organizational effectiveness and a strong philanthropic sector. Prior to joining the Hewlett Foundation, Twersky held leadership positions with the Rothschild Family Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and was the founding principal of a consulting firm dedicated to organizational growth and development of nonprofits and foundations.  

The Muggsy Bogues Family Foundation in Charlotte, North Carolina, has announced the addition of TERRY ALBANESE as consulting executive director. In that role, she will be responsible for the planning, organization, and direction of MBFF operations and programs, including internal stewardship, strategic planning, operations, finances, and fund development. A native of Syracuse, New York, Albanese has extensive expertise in public health, workforce development initiatives, and higher education and has helped raise more than $30 million in funds to support the community-based work of Teen Health Connection, Mental Health America of Central Carolinas, and Pfeiffer University, among other organizations. The foundation assists vocationally bound students with scholarships and develops community outreach programs for at-risk families that address basic necessities such as food and water.

JULIE TEER has joined not-for-profit Wellstar Health System as senior vice president and president of the Wellstar Foundation. In that role, Teer will oversee Wellstar’s philanthropic strategy and partnerships and focus on elevating efforts to secure vital resources for Wellstar, one of Georgia's largest and most integrated health systems. Teer has more than twenty years of experience in fundraising and public affairs and most recently served as chief development and public affairs officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, where she launched the Great Futures Campaign, raising nearly $600 million in five years. In 2018, she was appointed to the President's Council for Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition and helped develop a national strategy to increase youth sports participation, and in 2020 she received the Innovation in Lobbying and Advocacy Award from the Public Affairs Council for her work on the Boys & Girls Clubs of America's first federal inspired legislation, the Youth Workforce Readiness Act.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation's largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health, has announced ALLYN BROOKS-LaSURE as its new vice president for communications, effective December 7. In that role, LaSure will lead the Communications department and, as a member of the foundation’s senior leadership team, will be responsible for advancing the foundation’s vision and brand. LaSure has more than twenty years of communications, management, and policy experience and previously served as executive vice president for communications at the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; as a U.S. State Department foreign service officer, with domestic and overseas postings in Washington, Saudi Arabia, and Australia; as climate communications advisor in the State Department’s Bureau of Public Affairs; and as spokesman for two U.S. senators, the National Prostate Cancer Coalition, and the Save Darfur Coalition. He is a past board member of the Greater Washington Urban League Thursday Network and was a founding board member of the Virginia Leadership Institute.

The Zellerbach Family Foundation in San Francisco has announced the appointment of RAVI KARRA to its board of directors. Karra brings more than four decades of experience to the board and most recently served as chief investment officer and investment advisor at Cambridge Associates for a number of endowments, foundations, family groups, and pension funds. Prior to Cambridge, he spent nearly six years at Cornerstone Research, where he conceptualized, managed, and executed complex financial analyses on several high-profile assignments covering antitrust, intellectual property, securities, and general business cases, and served as treasurer and trustee of Channing House and as a trustee of the Gunn Foundation in Palo Alto.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City has announced the election of CANDACE K. BEINECKE and HAMILTON (“Tony”) E. JAMES as the co-chairs of its board of trustees, effective January 12, 2021. The two will succeed DANIEL BRODSKY, who served as Met chair for more nine years and whose term was extended in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Beinecke, currently a senior partner at the global law firm Hughes Hubbard & Reed, was elected a Met trustee in 2010 and has served as Chair of its Legal Committee since 2011. Her philanthropic leadership has included serving as vice chair of the Partnership for New York City, as chair of the Wallace Foundation, and as a board member of Jacob’s Pillow. James also was elected as a trustee in 2010 and has served as chair of the museum’s Finance Committee since 2014. His philanthropic leadership roles include service at the Wildlife Conservation Society, Mount Sinai Health System, the Center for American Progress, and American Ballet Theater. 

The museum’s trustees also announced the election of JEFF HIMMELMAN to the board. Himmelman is vice president of the Sherman Fairchild Foundation, which has supported The Met for nearly fifty years, and the author of Yours in Truth: A Personal Portrait of Ben Bradlee (2012). He has served as a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine, where he was a finalist for a National Magazine Award, and has also written for the Washington Post, New York magazine, and GQ, among other publications. His work with a team of reporters at the Post helped the paper secure the national reporting Pulitzer Prize for its post-9/11 coverage.

The New York City-based Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans has announced the appointment of ALLISON BINNS and VIVEK H. MURTHY to its board. Both are past recipients of the fellowship, which supports outstanding immigrants and children of immigrants pursuing graduate school in the United States. The child of immigrants from Jamaica and a 2003 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow, Binns currently serves as an executive director for Global Sustainability Research at Morgan Stanley. Previously, she worked for Chevron Corp. in San Francisco, where she focused on environmental, social, governance, and geopolitical issues, and, prior to that, spent three years working for the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball and the Baseball Operations Department at the Boston Red Sox. A resident of New York City, she serves on the board of the Four Freedoms Park Conservancy and as president of the Poetry Society of America's Board of Governors. The child of immigrants from India and a 1998 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow, Murthy served as the nineteenth surgeon general of the United States and recently was appointed by President-elect Joe Biden to co-chair the U.S. COVID-19 Transition Advisory Board. His new book, Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World, was released in 2020.

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