People in the News (11/5/17): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (11/5/17): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The Houston-based Laura and John Arnold Foundation has announced the promotion of executive vice president and chief strategy officer KELLI RHEE to the position of president and CEO. As the foundation's EVP/CSO, Rhee spearheaded efforts to refine the foundation's strategy and ensure that grantmaking across the organization was aligned with its mission. In her new role, Rhee will work to advance its efforts to help governments become more effective and efficient; reform the criminal justice, education, and health care systems; and expand access to scientific research. Prior to joining the foundation, she was part of a team that led the launch of a new academic medical center for Baylor College of Medicine and served as a management consultant with Bain & Company and the Bridgespan Group.

The Duke Endowment in Charlotte, North Carolina, has announced the promotion of TODD W. DALRYMPLE to the position of program officer, in which role he will focus on early childhood issues and the endowment's Zero to Eight work. A native of Ashburn, Virginia, Dalrymple graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and spent three years teaching elementary school in Baltimore through Teach for America while earning a master's of teaching at Johns Hopkins University. As a fellow at the Duke Endowment from 2012-14, he specialized in impact investing and early childhood literacy, and his involvement with the endowment's literacy efforts led him to pursue a master's of education at Harvard University. He returned to the endowment in 2015 as a research and program analyst.

The Philadelphia Foundation has announced that STEPHEN A. COZEN and SHIRIN KARSAN have joined its board of managers. Cozen is the founder and chair of Cozen O'Connor, a full-service Philadelphia-based law firm with more than six hundred and seventy-five attorneys in twenty-six offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Karsan serves on the boards of the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, the Global Bioethics Initiative, and the Aga Khan Conciliation and Arbitration Board. From 2006 to 2013, she worked in the AJ Drexel Nanotechnology Institute and was special projects manager at Drexel University's School of Biomedical Engineering. 

The Sundance Institute, a nonprofit organization founded by actor/director/environmentalist Robert Redford, has announced the addition of CHARLES D. KING and DONNA GRUNEICH to its board of trustees. King is the founder & CEO of MACRO, a media company focused on representing the perspectives of people of color, and serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including College Track, the UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television, the NYU Production Lab, and the Howard University School of Law. Gruneich, a former chair of the institute's Utah advisory board, executive produced The Bad Kids and co-executive produced the Academy Award-nominated film Cartel Land. She is, in addition, a past board chair of the Park City Academy, a founding trustee of the Park City Day School Board, and a past member of the Park City Institute board.

The Asia Society has announced the election of seven new trustees to its board. The new trustees are former U.S. Ambassador to Japan CAROLINE KENNEDY; His Royal Highness PRINCE TURKI AL FAISAL AL SAUD; RICHARD DROBNICK, director of the Center for International Business Education at the USC Marshall School of Business; JOHN F. FOSTER, chairman and CEO, HealthpointCapital; SUSAN HAKKARAINEN, co-chair and co-CEO, Lutron Electronics; MAHMOOD KHIMJI, president of Highgate Holdings; and JAMES ZIRIN, former partner and senior counsel, Sidley Austin, LLP.  In addition, Ambassador CHAN HENG CHEE, Singapore's longest-serving ambassador to the U.S., and JOHN L. THORNTON, chair of the Brookings Institution and a former president of Goldman Sachs, were named co-chairs of the board. 

Cloud software company Blackbaud, Inc. has announced the appointment of thirteen-year company veteran JAY ODELL as president and general manager of its newly restructured Enterprise Nonprofit Unit. Odell was recruited to Blackbaud to build and lead its first product management organization in 2004, served as a vice president in the company's General Markets Business Unit from 2010-14, and then served as vice president of its CRM, financial, and analytics solution portfolios. Prior to joining the company, he directed strategy, business development, product management, and product marketing for FreeMarkets, Inc., and served as an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company.