People in the News (11/22/2020): appointments, promotions, obituaries

People in the News (11/22/2020): appointments, promotions, obituaries

The Los Angeles-based Kavli Foundation has selected CYNTHIA M. FRIEND, Theodore Williams Richards Professor of Chemistry at Harvard University, as its next president. A member of the Harvard faculty since 1982, Dr. Friend has served in numerous leadership positions, including chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and associate dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. She was the first female chair and first female professor in chemistry at Harvard and was also director of the Rowland Institute, a privately endowed basic research organization conceived to advance science in a wide variety of fields. Previously, she served as associate lab director at SLAC National Accelerator Lab, an international facility for X-ray science. As a researcher, Friend has published more than three hundred papers. Her research group at Harvard focuses on addressing global challenges in reducing energy costs and in developing alternative energy sources. In addition, she has served as the research advisor for more than seventy-five graduate students and postdoctoral researchers and has led efforts to promote diversity in other universities and organizations. Dr. Friend will join the foundation on January 1.

The board of directors of the Denver-based Daniels Fund has named HANNA SKANDERA as the fund’s new president and CEO, succeeding Hank Brown, who has served as interim president and CEO since May 1. Skandera is a current member of the Daniels Fund board and serves as CEO of Mile High Strategies and as vice chair of the Colorado Community College board. Previously, she served as secretary of education in New Mexico under Gov. Susana Martinez, where oversaw a budget of $2.7 billion and more than three hundred employees. She also served as undersecretary for California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, deputy commissioner for Florida governor Jeb Bush, and deputy chief of staff and senior policy advisor for U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings in the George W. Bush administration.

The Surdna Foundation in New York City has announced the election of CARRA COTE-ACKAH as chair of its board of directors, CAITLIN BOGER-HAWKINS as vice chair, and DAVIS BENEDICT as its newest director. The foundation also announced that Peter Voorhees will continue in his role as secretary and treasurer. Cote-Ackah, a fifth-generation Andrus family member, joined the Surdna board in 2011 and served as vice chair for four years before stepping into her current role as chair. She currently serves as president of the Vanguard Group Foundation and executive director of Community Stewardship at Vanguard, where she leads the company’s global philanthropic and volunteer programs. Boger-Hawkins, a fifth-generation Andrus family member, joined the Surdna board in 2015 and currently serves as director of planning, research and institutional effectiveness at Northwestern Connecticut Community College. Benedict, a fifth-generation Andrus family member, has been involved with Andrus family philanthropy programs since joining the Andrus Family Fund in 2005, where she served as both vice chair and chair. Currently a fourth-grade language arts teacher at Saint Edward’s School in Vero Beach, Florida, she has served on the boards of the Benedict Foundation and Chewonki Foundation.

The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, a Baltimore-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the social determinants of health and advancing racial and health equity through healthy, safe, and energy efficient housing, has announced the appointment of two new members to its board of directors. KENNETH JONES is the vice president and chief financial officer of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Prior to joining the foundation, Jones served as vice president and chief financial officer for the Annie E. Casey Foundation; traveled extensively in Africa and Southeast Asia as CFO for Danya International, a public health and education organization and Jhpiego, a nonprofit international health affiliate of Johns Hopkins University; and held corporate finance positions at Ford Motor Company, Pfizer, and the Prudential. DOUGLAS NELSON is the retired president and CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a position he held for more than twenty years. Prior to joining the foundation, he served as deputy director of the Center for the Study of Social Policy, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization specializing in policy research and analysis across a range of domestic issues, and as assistant secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Health and Social Services. He also studied and taught social history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He currently serves as program chair for Health, Peace and Human Rights on the board of the Carter Center; as vice chair of the Heart Mountain Foundation; as senior advisor to the Race to Equity Project; and as a member of the board of directors of Case Commons, Inc. in New York City and Forward Community Investments in Madison, Wisconsin.

Community Resource Exchange, a nonprofit consulting firm in New York City, has announced the appointment of TILOMA JAYASINGHE as its new president and CEO, effective January 4. Jayasinghe joins CRE from the Donors of Color Network, where she served as director of member organizing. She previously served as executive director of Sakhi for South Asian Women and as chief program officer at Nonprofit New York. 

In other news, the Schmidt Ocean Institute, a 501(c)(3) private nonprofit operating foundation established by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and his wife, Wendy, to advance oceanographic research, discovery, and knowledge, has named a ten-member advisory board. The members of the new board are: CATHERINE BALL (Brisbane, Australia), an associate professor at Australian National University and founder of World of Drones Congress; KRISTINA GJERDE (Cambridge, Massachusetts), senior high seas advisor to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s global marine and polar program; ALAN LEONARDI (Washington, D.C.), director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research; KUMAR MAHADEVAN (Sarasota, Florida), a founder and member of the executive committee of the Florida Ocean Alliance and president emeritus of Mote Marine Laboratory; DAVID MEARNS (West Sussex, UK), director of Blue Water Recoveries; MARK MERRIFIELD (San Diego, California), director of the Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego; RALPH RAYNER (Gloucestershire, UK), a research fellow in the Centre for the Analysis of Time Series at the London School of Economics; STEPHANIE L. SMITH (Pasadena, California), digital and social media supervisor at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory; RICHARD SPINRAD (Bend, Oregon), a professor of oceanography at Oregon State University and a member of the Ocean Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine; and KRISTIAN TELEKI (Cambridge, UK), director of the Sustainable Ocean Initiative at World Resources Institute.

And the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation in Morristown, New Jersey, has announced that WENDY LISCOW is leaving the foundation after seventeen years. During her time with the foundation, Liscow has worked in its Arts grantmaking area and went on to lead its Education and Technical Assistance programs. In those roles, she has been a champion of the transformative power of arts education both for students and educators and has led statewide initiatives advancing arts integration and culturally relevant and responsive practices, especially for children attending historically underresourced school districts. She also has served on many boards and committees over the years, including the Arts Education Partnership’s Equity Committee, the Arts Education Impact group at Grantmakers for Education, Arts Ed Newark, Arts for Any Given Child Trenton, and the Newark STEAM coalition.

"Cynthia M. Friend Named Incoming President of the Kavli Foundation." Kavli Foundation News Release 11/17/2020. "Hanna Skandera Appointed President & CEO of the Daniels Fund." Daniels Fund News Release 11/18/2020. "Surdna Foundation Announces New Appointments to Its Board of Directors." Surdna Foundation News Release 11/17/2020. "Doug Nelson, Kenneth Jones join the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Board." Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Press Release 11/16/2020. "Community Resource Exchange proudly announces Tiloma Jayasinghe as new President & CEO." Community Resource Exchange Email 11/19/2020. "Schmidt Ocean Institute Names 10-Member Advisory Board." Schmidt Ocean Institute Announcement 11/17/2020. "Wendy Liscow to leave the Dodge Foundation after 17 years." Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Announcement 11/17/2020.