People in the News (11/24/2019): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (11/24/2019): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The Chicago-based Brinson Foundation has announced the promotion of CHRISTY UCHIDA to the position of president, succeeding JAMES D. PARSONS, who has served as the foundation's president for the past fifteen years. Uchida has served as a senior program officer at the foundation since 2012 and prior to joining the organization served in a similar role at the Boeing Company. Her early career included leadership roles in a number of nonprofit performing arts organizations. The foundation also announced the promotion of JAMIE BENDER from program officer to senior program officer, responsible for scientific research grantmaking, among other priorities, and the hiring of JANICE LOMBARDO as program officer. Lombardo joins the foundation from Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement, where she was director of member engagement. Prior to that, she spent a decade at the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, most recently serving as a program officer in the foundation's Democracy Program.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan, has announced DENISE SMITH, a veteran early childhood educator-administrator-leader, as the new implementation director for Hope Starts Here, an effort launched in 2016 by Kellogg and the Kresge Foundation to transform and expand early childhood education and services for Detroit's children. Smith is leaving a position as the executive director of the Flint Early Childhood Collaborative and Educare-Flint to work full-time on Hope Starts Here, where she had previously been an unpaid member of its stewardship board, an advisory body consisting of twenty-three community leaders and early childhood advocates. Prior to her stint with Flint Early Childhood Collaborative and Educare-Flint, she directed Great Start to Quality, an online resource tool that helps Michigan families find quality childcare and preschool options, and served as vice president of early childhood at Excellent Schools Detroit.

The Rockefeller Foundation in New York City has announced the appointment of two new members to its board of trustees: AGNES BINAGWAHO and NDIDI OKONKWO NWUNELI. Dr. Binagwaho has served as vice chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity, an initiative of Partners In Health, since 2017.  From 2002-16, she served the Rwandan Health Sector in high-level government positions, first as executive secretary of Rwanda's National AIDS Control Commission and then as permanent secretary of the Ministry of Health, and later spent five years as the Minister of Health. She is also a senior lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, a professor of the practice of global health delivery at the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda, and an adjunct clinical professor of pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Nwuneli is a co-founder of Sahel Consulting and serves as its managing partner, helping to shape agriculture strategy and policy and implementing innovative, large-scale programs in West Africa in partnership with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Previously, she was recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, received a National Honor (Member of the Federal Republic) from the Nigerian Government, and was listed as one of the 20 Youngest Power African Women by Forbes

Art Bridges, a new foundation dedicated to expanding access to American art across the country, has formed its first board of trustees. The new trustees are: ALICE WALTON (chair), founder and chair of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas; ROD BIGELOW, executive director of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and its chief diversity and inclusion officer; GRETCHEN DIETRICH, executive director of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City; CHARLES M. DIKER, founder and chairman of the board of Cantel Medical Corp., managing partner of Diker Management LLC, and a director of Loews Corporation; MICHAEL GOVAN, chief executive officer and Wallis Annenberg director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; GLENN D. LOWRY, director of the Museum of Modern Art; DARREN WALKER, president of the Ford Foundation; and PAULINE WILLIS, director and CEO of the American Federation of Arts (AFA), a century-old not-for-profit organization that develops, raises money, and handles all logistics for top-quality museum exhibition tours across America.

D.C.-based Independent Sector has announced the election of STACEY D. STEWART, president and CEO of March of Dimes, and MARCO A. DAVIS, president and CEO of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, to three-year terms on its board. The organization also announced the re-election of three directors to a second term. They are: FRED BLACKWELL, chief executive officer, San Francisco Foundation; SARAH KASTELIC, executive director, National Indian Child Welfare Association; and DIANE MELLEY, executive director, Second Century Initiatives & Corporate Partnerships, Philadelphia Foundation.

The New York Times reports that former Whitney Museum executive DONNA De SALVO is returning to the Dia Art Foundation β€” where she worked as a curator in the 1980s β€” in the newly created role of senior adjunct curator, special projects, beginning in January. An expert on the art of Andy Warhol and curator of an acclaimed Warhol exhibition, De Salvo joined the Whitney in 2004 and became its first chief curator in 2006. Prior to that, she was a senior curator at the Tate Modern in London, where she organized exhibitions on Giorgio Morandi, Warhol, and one of the Turbine Hall commissions, β€œThe Unilever Series: Anish Kapoor (2002).”

In other news, the Fund for Our Economic Future, an alliance of foundations, corporations, education institutions, healthcare systems, business and civic organizations, and government entities working to strengthen and sustain the regional economy in Northeast Ohio, has announced that BRAD WHITHEAD has decided to step down as president, a position he has held since the alliance's inception in 2004, to make room for the next generation of leadership. Under Whitehead's leadership, the fund published extensive research on issues that matter to the regional economy, including What Matters to Metros, which evaluates the economic performance of a hundred and fifteen metropolitan statistical areas between 1990 and 2011, and The Two Tomorrows, which recommends ten priorities to advance the region and suggests metrics to track inclusive economic growth. The fund also was instrumental in the strategic development of and granted millions of dollars to regional economic development intermediaries, including JumpStart, BioEnterprise, MAGNET, and Team NEO, and created and put funding toward public competitions like EfficientGovNow and the $1 million Paradox Prize, which was launched earlier this year to address the "no car, no job; no job, no car" paradox in Northeast Ohio. Before moving into the civic space, Whitehead was a senior partner at McKinsey & Company, where he worked for twenty years on a broad range of business management and public policy issues and co-founded the firm's North American Environment Practice. A resident of Northeast Ohio since 1986, Whitehead graduated with honors in economics from Harvard College and later received an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School. "I am so proud of the work of the fund and the long-term commitment and dedication of our members, who year after year have been in the trenches working to improve the places they call home," said Whitehead in announcing his decision. "We have enjoyed some real successes, but as The Two Tomorrows points out, we have a long way to go until Northeast Ohio's economy provides good jobs and rising incomes for everyone. The good news is there is amazing talent emerging that is more than prepared and ready to lead. I firmly believe a more extraordinary tomorrow awaits; the best is ahead of us."

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