People in the News (11/8/2020): appointments, promotions, obituaries

People in the News (11/8/2020): appointments, promotions, obituaries

The New York City-based Wallace Foundation has named THOMAS P. LENEHAN as its new chief investment officer, succeeding ROB D. NAGEL, who is retiring at the end of the year. Lenehan currently serves as deputy chief investment officer at Rockefeller University, which he joined in 2011 and where he helped manage the institution's diversified $2.4 billion endowment. Prior to joining the biomedical research institution, Lenehan served as an associate director (2005-06) and director (2006-11) at Commonfund Capital in Wilton, Connecticut. Before that, he was a vice president at Vista Equity Partners in San Francisco (2001-05), a principal at Financial Technology Ventures in San Francisco, and a senior associate at MMC Capital in Greenwich, Connecticut.

The board of directors of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) has appointed MARISSA TIRONA as its next president, effective November 23. Tirona will succeed DARANEE PETSOD, GCIR’s founding president, who announced last year she would be stepping down from her role at the end of 2020 after leading the organization for more than twenty years. Tirona and Petsod will overlap for the remainder of this year, ensuring a smooth transition and handoff as Petsod exits the organization. Tirona comes to GCIR from the Ford Foundation, where she currently manages a $225 million portfolio and serves as a program officer with the Building Institutions and Networks (BUILD) initiative, a program designed to strengthen organizations and networks core to the nation’s social justice infrastructure. Before joining the foundation in 2017, Tirona led the Blue Shield of California Foundation’s efforts to address, prevent, and end domestic violence and promote health equity in the state. Prior to that, she served as senior project director at CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, where she designed and led comprehensive multiyear leadership initiatives. She previously served as program director of the National Employment Lawyers Association and, before that, as an employment attorney at two national law firms.

NATANJA CRAIG-OQUENDO has been named executive director of the Boston Women's Fund, a 37-year-old nonprofit founded by a group of business leaders who each invested $2,000 to support women and girls, particularly women and girls of color. Craig-Oquendo joins BWF from The Possible Project, where she served as vice president for community partnerships. Prior to that she served in positions at the Boston Foundation, the Urban League, The Partnership, and Fidelity.

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) has named ALISAHAH COLE to its 27-member board of directors. Cole is system vice president for population health innovation and policy at CommonSpirit Health, which operates 137 hospitals and more than 1,000 care sites in 21 states.

The board of trustees of the New York City-based College Board has announced RONNE P. TURNER, vice provost for admissions and financial aid at Washington University in St. Louis, as its new chair and THOMAS MOORE, superintendent of West Hartford Public Schools in West Hartford, Connecticut, as its new vice chair. The organization also announced the appointments of three new trustees to its thirty-one-member governing board: MANUEL FRENCH, director of school counseling, Chicago Public Schools; SHAH ARDALAN, president, Lone Star College-University Park, in Houston; and MARK THOMAS, principal, Northview High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

"The Wallace Foundation Names Thomas P. Lenehan as Chief Investment Officer." Wallace Foundation Press Release 11/02/2020. "Marissa Tirona Named GCIR's New President." Grantmakers Concerned With Immigrants and Refugees 11/08/2020. "Boston Women's Fund Names New Executive Director." Boston Women’s Fund Email 11/03/2020. "College Board Announces New Chair, Vice Chair, and Welcomes Three New Trustees." College Board News Release 10/30/2020. "LISC Elects Dr. Alisahah Cole to Board of Directors." Local Initiatives Support Corporation Announcement 10/30/2020.