People in the News (12/08/2019): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (12/08/2019): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The Ford Foundation has announced the appointment of MICHELE MOORE as vice president of global communications, succeeding ALFRED D. IRONSIDE, who helped lead the foundation's communications efforts over a fourteen-year tenure. Moore, who will be based in the foundation's New York City headquarters and will be responsible for all aspects of the foundation's strategic communications across eleven offices in the United States and abroad, Moore comes to the foundation from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), where she served as chief communications officer during a time of rapid expansion at the organization and was recognized on PR Week magazine's 2017 and 2018 Power Lists as one of the top communications professionals in the United States. Earlier in her career, she led marketing and branding efforts for Temple University, served as director of communications and press secretary for New Orleans mayor Marc Morial, and spearheaded wide-scale communications strategies at Black Entertainment Television (BET) and Nickelodeon/MTV Networks.

The Wallace Global Fund in Washington, D.C., has announced that KINDRED MOTES is joining the foundation as senior officer, communications and strategic engagement. In that role, a new one at WGF, Motes will lead all global media, editorial, digital, and engagement partnership efforts for the foundation as it doubles down on robust investments in the environment, democracy, and human rights. Motes is joining WGF from the Vera Institute of Justice, where he served as digital strategy director, building the organization's first digital team and growing its online audience from 15,000 in 2016 to 215,000 today. Prior to Vera, Motes developed and launched campaigns and strategic communications related to human rights for the Control Arms Secretariat, working with member organizations Oxfam and Amnesty International at the United Nations to coordinate global media outreach, and worked with the Southern Poverty Law Center to develop and execute new communications and social media strategies. In addition to his work in communications and advocacy, Motes serves on the board of directors of the ACLU of Alabama and the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Young Leaders program.

The Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., has announced the election of KENNETH BACON, W. MATTHEW KELLY, BRIAN KREIETR, and DAVID A. THOMAS to its board of trustees. Bacon, co-founder and managing partner at RailField Partners, spent nineteen years at Fannie Mae and before that was director of the Office of Securitization for the Resolution Trust Corporation and held officer positions at Morgan Stanley and Kidder Peabody. He currently serves on the board of directors of Comcast Corporation, Ally Financial, Welltower, and Dominium and is active on several nonprofit boards, including the Real Estate Executive Council, National Multifamily Housing Council, and Martha's Table. Kelly is CEO of JBG SMITH and a member of its board of trustees and previously served as a managing partner of the JBG Companies and a member of its executive and investment committees. Before joining the JBG Companies in 2004, Kelly co-founded ODAC Inc., a media software company, and worked in private equity and investment banking with Thomas H. Lee Partners in Boston and Goldman Sachs, & Co in New York. Kreiter is a director at Bridgewater Associates, a globally recognized investment manager, and also serves as the lead director of Elemental Cognition, an artificial intelligence firm he helped launch with Bridgewater and Dr. David Ferrucci. He currently acts as an advisor to Renovo Financial and serves on the boards of the Finance Leaders Fellowship at the Aspen Institute and the Open Door Shelter in Norwalk, Connecticut. And Thomas is the president of Morehouse College. Before taking that position, he was the dean of Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business and served for two decades as a professor and administrator at Harvard University, where he returned in 2017 as the H. Naylor Fitzhugh Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. He also is a former assistant professor of management at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and is an active member of several boards, including the board of directors of DTE Energy, the American Red Cross, and Commonfund.

The New York City-based National Audubon Society has announced the addition of AURELIO RAMOS as senior vice president for its International Alliances Program. Ramos previously guided the design and implementation of regional water, sustainability, and conservation strategies in Latin America for the organization. He began his career with the Nature Conservancy, where he led pioneering conservation strategies through incentive-based financing across the Andean landscapes of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela and spearheaded the development of a water funds strategy in support of conservation projects focused on improving water quality and quantity. Prior to joining the Nature Conservancy, Ramos worked with the Latin American Development Bank (CAF), the Biotrade Program of the United Nations Conference of Trade and Commerce (UNCTAD), and the Humboldt Biological Research Institute. 

Following the fifty-year tenure of SISTER PAULETTE LoMONACO, children's advocate MICHELLE YANCHE as assumed her post as executive director of Good Shepherd Services in New York City. Chosen after a months-long search, Yanche brings decades of nonprofit, public policy, and advocacy experience to the role. Since 2016, she has served as the organization's associate executive director for government and external relations, overseeing its work in the areas of compliance and risk management, fundraising and development, government and community relations, public policy and advocacy, and communications and marketing. Prior to that, she served as Good Shepherd's first-ever director of public policy and as director of the Neighborhood Family Services Coalition. “It is an honor to be able to lead Good Shepherd into its next phase, especially with the guiding principles of antiracism and equity at our center,” said Yanche. “It is our imperative to provide New York City's young people with the support and encouragement they need to thrive to their fullest potential, and that means placing justice – in race, socioeconomic status, gender, and sexuality – at the very core of our programming and priorities.”

In other news, PND notes the passing of FITZHUGH MULLAN, MD, professor of health policy and management and pediatrics at GW's Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) and the School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS). A pediatrician by training, Mullan's fifty-year career included time as a civil rights worker, National Health Services Corps leader, federal administrator, Assistant Surgeon General, senior advisor to Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, writer, researcher, and advocate for social justice. In 2015, he co-founded the GW Health Workforce Institute along with Patricia Pittman, PhD, a professor of health policy and management at Milken Institute SPH. “Dr. Mullan was considered a national gem among those of us who care about health workforce policy. He brought tremendous heart to his work and was a champion of the National Health Service Corps, a program he helped to shape. At the same time, he was not afraid to take controversial positions on issues such as the outdated and distorted system of public spending on graduate medical education,” said Pittman. “And he was fiercely critical of the way in which this country educates the physician workforce. He believed health professional schools should be held accountable for the kinds of graduates they produce, particularly with regard to diversity and willingness to provide primary care in rural and minority communities. He will be deeply missed as a colleague, friend, and inspirational mentor.”

"Ford Foundation Appoints Michele Moore as Vice President of Global Communications." Ford Foundation News Release 12/06/2019. "Kindred Motes Joins WGF as Senior Officer, Communications and Strategic Engagement." Wallace Global Fund Announcement 12/05/2019. "Urban Institute Adds Four New Leaders to Its Board of Trustees." Urban Institute Announcement 12/04/2019. "Audubon Names Aurelio Ramos as Senior Vice President for the International Alliances Program." National Audubon Society Press Release 12/12/2019. "Michelle Yanche Officially Begins Tenure as Executive Director of Good Shepherd Services." Good Shepherd Services Email 12/04/2019 12/04/2019. "Atlantic Mourns the Loss of Public Health Pioneer and Pediatrician Fitzhugh Mullan." Atlantic Philanthropies News Release 12/02/2019.