People in the News (12/06/2020): appointments, promotions, obituaries

People in the News (12/06/2020): appointments, promotions, obituaries

The board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Geneva, Switzerland, has announced the appointment of TRACY STAINES as inspector general. A seasoned auditor and executive, Staines brings more than twenty years of multi-sectoral experience in audit and risk management to the position, including eight years at the Global Fund. Promoted to head of audit in 2015, she has been serving as acting inspector general since August 2020, after the departure of former Inspector General Mouhamadou Diagne. Staines is the  first woman to hold the position of inspector general, which reports directly to the board.

After a months-long search that included input and feedback from many constituencies and the greater Boston community, the Boston Foundation has announced the selection of M LEE PELTON as its new president and chief executive officer. Pelton comes to the foundation after a distinguished thirty-year career in higher education, most recently as president of Emerson College in Boston. Dr. Pelton grew up in Wichita, Kansas, where he graduated from Wichita State University and then left the state to earn a PhD in nineteenth-century English and American Literature and Languages at Harvard University. He subsequently taught English and American literature at Harvard and served as a residential dean of Winthrop House, later serving on the Harvard board of overseers and as a vice-chair of its executive committee. After Harvard, he served as dean of the college at Colgate University and Dartmouth College before serving for thirteen years as the president of Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. He became president of Emerson College on July 1, 2011. In addition to his role at Emerson, Pelton is active in numerous civic, higher education, and philanthropic initiatives. In June, he was named by Boston mayor Martin J. Walsh to lead the Boston Racial Equity Fund. He also serves as vice chair of the board of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, chairs the board of the Boston Arts Academy Foundation, and serves on the boards of GBH, Facing History Ourselves, the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts, and the Barr Foundation. Pelton will begin his term as president and CEO on June 1, 2021, succeeding PAUL S. Grogan, who has served in that role for nearly twenty years and will continue as president and CEO until the transition.

The Teiger Foundation in Livingston, New Jersey, has announced the appointment of LARISSA HARRIS as its first executive director. Established in 2008, the foundation amplifies the vision and work of the late art collector David Teiger, a steadfast supporter of contemporary art, curators, and artists during his lifetime. As executive director, Harris will continue its work to empower curators through support of new scholarship, interpretation, and exhibition development in the field of contemporary art. Harris comes to the foundation from the Queens Museum, where she has served as curator since 2009, with responsibilities including the development of exhibitions, programs, and scholarly texts, project-specific fundraising initiatives, and ongoing mentorship of fellow curators. Her appointment follows an international search overseen by the foundation's board.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York City has announced JUSTIN GARRETT MOORE as program officer for its new Humanities in Place focus area. In that role, Moore will lead the implementation of the strategic plan for the program, which seeks to bring a variety of histories and voices into public, media, museum, and memorial spaces, widening the range of complex public storytelling. He will also partner with foundation president Elizabeth Alexander to shape the foundation’s Monuments Project — a five-year, $250 million commitment to reshape the commemorative landscape in the United States. Moore currently serves as executive director of the City of New York Public Design Commission, where since 2016 he has foregrounded quality urban design for New York’s public projects while encouraging sustainability, accessibility, diversity, and equity in New York's public buildings, landscapes, and art. Prior to joining the Public Design Commission, he served as senior urban designer for the New York City Department of City Planning, where he led a number of complex planning and design projects, including the Greenpoint and Williamsburg waterfront, Hunter’s Point South, and the Brooklyn Cultural District.

The Minneapolis-based McKnight Foundation has announced SARAH CHRISTIANSEN as program director of its Midwest Climate &Energy program. In that role, Christiansen will work closely with McKnight board members and senior leaders to build a team that uses every philanthropic tool available to reduce carbon pollution in the transportation, buildings, power, and agricultural sectors. Christiansen comes to McKnight from the Solidago Foundation of Massachusetts, where she currently serves as program director. Before joining Solidago, she served as a funder delegate for the Conference of the Parties (COP), the supreme decision-making body of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and was co-founder of the Climate and Clean Energy Equity Fund, which supports civic engagement, capacity building on climate equity policy, and narrative shift, and woks to build power in the communities most impacted by climate change. Christiansen will join the foundation, which is in the middle of its search for two new MC&E program officers, on January 4.

The Meyer Memorial Trust in Portland, Oregon, has named D'ARTAGNAN BERNARD CALIMAN as director of its Justice Oregon for Black Lives initiative — a five-year, $25 million investment in Black leadership, Black-serving organizations, and systemic-level change. Caliman, who most recently served as executive director at Building Changes in Seattle, brings more than twenty years of experience and leadership across social work, human services, juvenile justice, gang prevention, homelessness, child welfare to the position. Previously, he served as senior manager of the Child Welfare Information Gateway Digital and Web Services team and as a state/territory liaison providing capacity building services for public child welfare at ICF, a global consulting firm. Before that, he served as chief of staff for the Maryland Department of Human Services and, for fifteen years, worked in case management and community programs supervision in Oregon, California, and Washington for Seattle-based Casey Family Programs.

The F.M. Kirby Foundation in Morristown, New Jersey, has announced the promotion of ERIN C. CLIFFORD to the role of program officer. In that role, Clifford, who has served the foundation as communications and program associate since 2017, will oversee grant evaluations in the Environment and Education dockets, as well as a number of Medical Research grants. Her other responsibilities include guiding public relations efforts, directing board development orientations, and coordinating the F. M. Kirby Prize for Scaling Social Impact through the CASE Center at Duke University’s Fuqua Business School. Erin graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Psychology from the College of the Holy Cross and is currently a Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) candidate with a concentration in Nonprofit Management at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers – New Brunswick.

Following a nationwide search, the Carnegie Corporation of New York has named MARK BAUMGARTNER as its new chief investment officer. In that role, Baumgartner will oversee the corporation’s $3.4 billion endowment and an in-house investment team. He joins the foundation from the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, where he has served as CIO for nearly seven years, building on a prior career in investment management.

The Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation in Sarasota, Florida, has announced the election of STEPHANIE JONES, director of global experienced talent acquisition at Duff & Phelps, to a three-year term on its board of directors. Jones, a corporate recruiting manager with specialties in the areas of tax, corporate finance and valuation, will join local members GERRY LUBLIN and HOSANA FIEBER on the board.

NANCY MENDEZ, the director of community impact at United Way of Greater Cleveland, has been named to the board of trustees of the George Gund Foundation, becoming the foundation’s third Cleveland trustee. Before joining the United Way in 2009, Mendez was the program director for the Center for Minority Public Health at Case Western Reserve University. In addition, she has served on a number of nonprofit boards, including those of Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, the Hispanic Alliance, Nueva Luz Urban Resource Center, the Dolphin Heart Foundation, the LBGT Center of Cleveland, and the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center.

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the largest private biomedical research institution in the United States, has announced the election of RISA LAVIZZO-MOUREY, former president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), as a trustee. In 2018, Lavizzo-Mourey became the RWJF Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor of Population Health and Health Equity at the University of Pennsylvania, where she also has appointments in the Perelman School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, and the Wharton School. Prior to 2018, she spent nearly fifteen years at RWJF, where she spearheaded efforts to create healthier, more equitable communities and strengthen the integration of health services and systems. She came to RWJF in 2003 from the University of Pennsylvania, where she directed Penn’s Institute on Aging and was chief of geriatric medicine at the School of Medicine. Lavizzo-Mourey has served in the administrations of three U.S. presidents and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. She also serves on the boards of the Smithsonian Institution, the Bipartisan Policy Center, General Electric Company, Merck & Co., and the Intel Corporation.

The board of directors of the Apollo Theater in New York City has announced the election of CHARLES PHILLIPS as chairman. Phillips, who has served on the Apollo’s board since 2015, most recently as vice chair, marked his new role with a $1 million gift to the Apollo Theater’s Emergency Fund, which was created to ensure the nonprofit theater’s continued financial stability amid its closure due to COVID-19. Phillips formerly served as CEO/chair of Infor, a global leader in business software, president of Oracle, and managing director at Morgan Stanley, and currently serves as managing partner and co-founder of Recognize, a technology operating and investment firm. He also serves on the boards of ViacomCBS and the Council of Foreign Relations. He will succeed longtime chair Richard "Dick" Parsons, who has led the Apollo’s board since 2001 and was named chairman emeritus; Parsons will remain on the executive committee and will serve as a senior advisor to the theater.

The Alliance for Justice in Washington, D.C., has announced the appointment of three new members to its board. AKUNNA COOK has served as a diplomat, as founding executive director of the Black Economic Alliance, and as an advisor to former Attorney General Eric Holder in his role as chair of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee. MADELINE (Maddy) deLONE is the former executive director of the Innocence Project. And CHRISTOPHER TORRES is political director of MoveOn.org.

"Global Fund Board Appoints Tracy Staines as Inspector General. Global Fund to Fight AIDS." Tuberculosis and Malaria News Release 12/03/2020. "The Boston Foundation Names Dr. M. Lee Pelton as Next President and CEO." Boston Foundation Press Release 12/01/2020. "Larissa Harris Appointed as First Executive Director of Teiger Foundation." Teiger Foundation Press Release 12/20/2020. "Justin Garrett Moore Named Inaugural Program Officer for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's Effort to Bring More Voices into Public Spaces ." Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Press Release 12/03/2020. "Ready to Expand Its Climate Commitment, McKnight Announces New Program Director." McKnight Foundation Announcement 12/03/2020. "D’Artagnan Bernard Caliman Joins Meyer as New Director of Justice Oregon for Black Lives." Meyer Memorial Trust News Release 12/03/2020. "The F. M. Kirby Foundation Names Erin C. Clifford as Program Officer. " F. M. Kirby Foundation Email 12/20/2020. "Mark Baumgartner Joins Carnegie Corporation of New York as Chief Investment Officer." Carnegie Corporation of New York News Release 12/02/2020. "Stephanie Jones Elected to Board of Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation." Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation Email 12/01/2020. "Nancy Mendez named trustee of the George Gund Foundation." George Gund Foundation Announcement 11/30/2020. "Risa Lavizzo-Mourey Elected as HHMI Trustee." Howard Hughes Medical Institute News Release 11/30/2020. "Apollo Theater Announces Charles Phillips as New Chairman of the Board." Apollo Theater Press Release 12/03/2020. "Alliance for Justice Welcomes Three New Board Members." Alliance for Justice Press Release 12/05/2020.