VALERIE JARRETT, a longtime confidante of and adviser to Barack and Michelle Obama, is taking over management, on an interim basis, of the Obama Foundation. She was named to the day-to-day operations role after President-elect Joe Biden picked Obama Foundation president and economist ADEWALE "Wally" ADEYEMO to be deputy secretary of the Treasury. Adeyemo, a Hyde Park resident, joined the foundation in August 2019 as its first president after serving in a variety of positions in the Obama administration.
The trustees of the Burton D. Morgan Foundation have elected JENNY PESHINA to the foundation's board. PESHINA has had a long career with the American Heart Association and currently serves as the organization’s national consultant of volunteerism. She also is co-founder of DJP Properties, a thriving family business that includes rental properties in Canton, Louisville, and Malvern. The trustees also voted for long-time trustee RICHARD SEAMAN to serve as chair, a position not previously held on the board. Seaman served as CEO of the Seaman Corporation for forty years and now serves as chairman of the company’s board of directors.
The New London-based Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut has announced its slate of incoming officers and trustees. The new officers are LYNN MALERBA, chief of the Mohegan Tribe (chair); EDWIN HIGGINS III, a principal in the law firm Bachand, Longo & Higgins (vice chair); NICHOLAS FORTSON, president and CEO of CorePlus Credit Union (treasurer); and longtime educator and child advocate MARGARET O"SHEA (secretary). The foundation also welcomed new trustees LEE-ANN GOMES, director, Norwich Human Services; PATRICK GREEN, president and CEO, L+M Hospital; and CAROL WILLIAMS, retired associate dean at Eastern Connecticut State University.
The Chicago-based Terra Foundation for American Art has announced the appointment of HUEY COPELAND and CLARE MUNANA to its board of directors. Copeland is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. (2020–22), and Muñana is president of Ancora Associates, Inc., a management consulting firm she founded in 1987, and the Blue Foundation, a family foundation.
The Center for Effective Philanthropy in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has announced the election of Girls Inc. president and CEO STEPHANIE HULL to its board of directors. Hull has led Girls Inc., a national nonprofit that provides programming to more than 134,000 girls across the U.S. and Canada, since May 2019. Prior to joining the organization, she served as executive vice president and chief operating officer at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (recently renamed the Institute for Citizens and Scholars); as head of the Brearley School, an all-girls school in New York City; and as a member of the faculty and administration at Mount Holyoke College and Dartmouth College. Hull currently serves as a board member for the Professional Children’s School; Code Nation, which equips students in under-resourced high schools with the skills needed for careers in technology; and Humanity in Action, an international nonprofit that educates and connects young people who seek to become leaders on issues related to human and minority rights.
Americares, a health-focused relief and development organization headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, has announced the promotion of GABRIELA SALVADOR to the position of senior vice president of global operations. In that role, Dr. Salvador will direct the administrative operations of Americares field teams and oversee all policies and procedures related global safety and security, facilities management, and compliance. Salvador joined Americares in 2018 as director of Latin America and Caribbean programs, responsible for designing, implementing and directing innovative health programs that increase access to medicine, medical supplies and health services for low-income populations in Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to joining the organization, she served as senior director of health at the Grameen Foundation, as senior director of microfinance and health protection at Freedom from Hunger, and as chief health and human development officer for Pro Mujer. Prior to joining Pro Mujer, Dr. Salvador was in private and public practice as a pediatric ophthalmologist in Mexico and Argentina.
The Schott Foundation for Public Education in New York City has announced LAUREN HADI as its new senior vice president of advancement. Hadi spent more than ten years at Room to Read, where, as development director for the Asia Pacific region and then senior director of strategic partnerships, she helped the organization expand its work from nine countries in Asia and Africa to eighteen, including expansion to the Middle East, Caribbean, and Latin America. Before that, she worked at the College Board in New York and, early in her career, as director of education programs at the Committee of 200, a Chicago-based membership organization of top women entrepreneurs and corporate executives.
The Phoenixville Community Health Foundation in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, has announced the hiring of VIVIANN SCHORLE as program officer. In that role, Schorle will help guide the foundation’s grantmaking, direct its capacity-building programming for nonprofits, and manage the foundation’s communications. Schorle brings more than twenty years of experience in nonprofit management, project coordination, and health and human services to PCHF, most recently as director of Project HOPE at Family Services of Montgomery County and, prior to that, as a coordinator with the Interagency Council of Norristown.