People in the News (12/10/17): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (12/10/17): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The Ford Foundation has announced the appointment of ROY SWAN as director of its Mission Investments portfolio, effective January 4, 2018. In that role, Swan will lead a team responsible for managing a billion-dollar portfolio of mission-related investments (MRIs) over the next ten years, as well as the foundation's large portfolio of program-related investments (PRIs). Before joining Ford, Swan held several executive roles at Morgan Stanley, most recently serving as managing director and co-head of its Global Sustainable Finance team. He also has served as the bank's Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) officer, as the CEO of Morgan Stanley Impact SBIC, and as a trustee of the Morgan Stanley Foundation.

The Denver-based Gill Foundation has announced that BRAD CLARK will take over as president and CEO, effective January 1, 2018. Clark, who joined the foundation in 2015 and currently leads its efforts to build strategic partnerships aimed at increasing and diversifying funding for LGBT causes, will succeed COURTNEY CUFF, who has joined the Hopewell Fund. Clark previously served as campaign director of One Iowa, where he led successful marriage equality and safe schools campaigns, and as the director of Iowa Safe Schools, a coalition of education, civil rights, labor, faith, and business leaders dedicated to passing legislation that protects LGBT Iowans from discrimination.

The Heinz Endowments in Pittsburgh have announced the appointment of KAREN ABRAMS as program officer for equitable development, in which role she will help the endowments develop and implement  grantmaking that supports sustainable investments in neighborhood-level projects as well as city and region-wide initiatives. Abrams has over a decade of economic, sustainability, and community development experience, serving most recently as manager of diversity and community affairs for the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA), where she created and managed Urban Matters, an arts and design-based civic engagement program for residents in distressed Pittsburgh neighborhoods. 

The Rockefeller Foundation in New York City has announced the appointment of MELLODY HOBSON, SHARON PERCY ROCKEFELLER, and JAMES STAVRIDIS to its board of trustees. Hobson is the president of Ariel Investments and serves as chairman of the board of trustees for the Ariel Investment Trust. She previously served as chair of the board for DreamWorks Animation SKG and is currently a director of the Estee Lauder Companies and Starbucks Corporation. Percy Rockefeller has served, since 1989, as president and CEO of WETA, Washington, D.C.’s flagship public broadcaster. A recipient of the Charles Frankel Prize by the National Endowment for the Humanities, she currently serves on the boards of the National Gallery of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and Johns Hopkins Medicine. Admiral Stavridis spent over thirty years in the Navy, rising to the rank of four-star Admiral. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, he served for four years as the sixteenth Supreme Allied Commander at NATO and also commanded U.S. Southern Command in Miami for nearly three years. Stavridis is currently the twelfth dean of the Fletcher School at Tufts University, a monthly columnist for TIME magazine, and chief international security an analyst for NBC News. Percy Rockefeller started her service in November 2017, and Hobson and Stavridis will begin serving in 2018.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan, has announced the election of RICHARD M. TSOUMAS to a one-year term as board chair, starting in January. Tsoumas, who has served on the foundation's board since December 2009, will replace RAMON MURGUIA, whose term as chair is expiring. Tsoumas is founder, president, and chief executive officer of The Planning Group, a Battle Creek-based wealth management practice. He previously spent thirteen years in the tax and financial planning areas at Price Waterhouse in Chicago and Battle Creek, and five years at the Kellogg Company, where he was director of the company's international tax planning unit. The foundation's board also re-elected trustees CELESTE A. CLARK of Battle Creek and KHAN NEDD of Grand Rapids to new three-year terms.

The Duke Endowment in Charlotte, North Carolina, has announced the election of J. TRENT JONES, a partner with Hall and Hall Ranch Brokers in Sun Valley, Idaho, as a trustee. Before joining Hall and Hall in 2003, Jones spent eight years with the Idaho Nature Conservancy, where, as lands program director, he was responsible for overseeing the chapter's real estate activity. He also served as the conservancy’s field representative for central Idaho, working with communities and landowners to preserve working ranchlands and resolve natural resource conflict. He currently serves as a committee member of the Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation in Durham, and also serves on the board of the Wood River Land Trust in Hailey, Idaho.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation has announced the election of GAIL MAY ENGELBERG to its board of trustees. Engelberg returns to the board after having served as a trustee from 1997 to 2006. A member of the Education Committee for the Guggenheim Museum for nearly twenty years, Engelberg endowed the position of Deputy Director and Gail Engelberg Director of Education in 2001 and is a member of the Guggenheim International Director’s Council, whose primary objectives include funding museum acquisitions of contemporary art.

The Center for Effective Philanthropy in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has announced the election of KATHLEEN CRAVERO and KELVIN TAKETA to three-year terms on its board of directors, beginning January 1, 2018. Cravero has served as president of the Oak Foundation, in Geneva, Switzerland, since 2009. Prior to joining the foundation, she worked in international development for more than two decades in roles at UNICEF, the World Health Organization, and the United Nations, including the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Taketa is senior fellow at the Hawai'i Community Foundation, the state's largest foundation, where he served as president and CEO from 1998 until he stepped down earlier this year. A native of Hawai'i, Taketa has spent his entire career in the nonprofit sector, including senior leadership positions with the Nature Conservancy in Hawai'i, at the organization's headquarters in Virginia, and in the Asia Pacific Region. He also has served on the boards of Encore, Sustainable Conservation, Independent Sector, the Stupski Foundation, and Feeding America, and, in the private sector, has served as the founder of a private equity company and on the board of Hawaiian Electrical Industries.

The Goldman Environmental Foundation has announced that, effective January 1, 2018, veteran environmental leader MICHAEL SUTTON will join the foundation, which awards the Goldman Environmental Prize, as its next executive director. A respected environmental conservation leader with extensive experience managing nonprofit organizations, Sutton currently serves as board chair of the science communication organization COMPASS and is a member and past president of the California Fish and Game Commission. He also served as a vice president at the National Audubon Society; as vice president and founder of the Center for the Future of Oceans at the Monterey Bay Aquarium; and in numerous capacities at the World Wildlife Fund, including founder and director of the worldwide Endangered Seas Campaign.

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