People in the News (12/20/2020): appointments, promotions, obituaries

People in the News (12/20/2020): appointments, promotions, obituaries

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has announced that MARIA SACHIKO CECIRE will join the foundation as program officer in higher learning, effective January 11, 2021. Cecire is an associate professor of literature and the founding director of the academic program and Center for Experimental Humanities at Bard College, an interdisciplinary initiative is dedicated to experimentation with digital, analog, and conceptual methods of learning, research, and public engagement. Under her leadership, the center earlier this year launched the international Experimental Humanities Collaborative Network, comprising eleven institutions around the world and part of the new Open Society University Network. Cecire's research interests include children’s literature and youth culture, media and digital studies, medieval literature and its afterlives, and the role of the humanities in contemporary society. She is the author of Re-Enchanted: The Rise of Children’s Fantasy Literature in the Twentieth Century (University of Minnesota Press, 2019) and co-editor of Space and Place in Children’s Literature, 1789–Present (Routledge, 2015). She is also a national project scholar for the American Library Association’s Great Stories Club, a reading and discussion group for underserved teens around the U.S., many of them in juvenile justice, alternative school, and youth outreach settings, and a member of the feminist digital humanities Data-Sitters Club project. 

D.C.-based Grantmakers In Health (GIH) has announced the election of the following to three-year terms on its board of directors: ELIZABETH FOWLER (Executive Vice President for Programs, Commonwealth Fund), MARIA SOCORRO PESQUEIRA (President, Healthy Communities Foundation), QIANA THOMASON (President and CEO, Health Forward Foundation), WINSTON WONG (Scholar-in-Residence, UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity), and EMILY YU (Managing Director of Partnerships, de Beaumont Foundation; Executive Director, BUILD Health Challenge). The GIH board also announced the election of a new slate of officers whose terms begin in March 2021. They are: MICHELLE LARKIN, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Chair), LAURA GERALD, Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust (Vice Chair), and BRENDA SOLORZANO, Headwaters Foundation (Member-at-Large).

The Television Academy Foundation in North Hollywood, California, has announced the election of a new slate of board officers, including its first-ever Latino chair. Officers elected to serve two-year terms are: CRIS ABREGO, chairman of the Americas, Banijay, and president and CEO, Endemol Shine Holdings (Chair); JONATHAN MURRAY, Bunim/Murray Productions (Vice Chair); DEBORAH BRADLEY, president of Bungalo Homes, Amherst (Treasurer); and BILLIE GREER, a public policy advisor and consultant (Secretary).  

The Nathan Cummings Foundation in New York City has announced the election of two independent trustees to its board. JARRETT BARRIOS currently serves as senior vice president for strategy and programs at the California Community Foundation. His previous positions include chief executive officer at both the American Red Cross Los Angeles and the Massachusetts Red Cross, president and chief executive officer at GLAAD, and president of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation. His public service includes four years as a Massachusetts state representative and five years as a Massachusetts state senator. GABRIELLE A. MORRIS is chief philanthropy officer at World Food Program USA. Prior to joining the leadership team at that organization, she served as the interim chief development officer and as senior vice President of strategic partnerships at UNICEF USA.

The Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., has announced the election of KARAN BHATIA and NEEL KASKARI to its board of trustees. Bhatia leads global policy and government relations at Google and previously served as president of General Electric’s government affairs and policy group and served in senior U.S. government positions related to international economic and trade policy, including deputy U.S. trade representative. Kashkari is president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, which, under his leadership, has established an Opportunity & Inclusive Growth Institute and is home to the Center for Indian Country Development, a clearinghouse for resources and initiatives concerning Native economic development and the Reserve System’s principal point of contact and key supporter of the Fed in fulfilling its responsibility to Indian Country. Kashkari previously worked for Goldman Sachs and served in several senior positions at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

KELLY DOLAN has officially stepped into the role of president and CEO, Ronald McDonald House Charities. Formerly serving as chief marketing and development Officer for the Charity, Dolan, in her new role, will lead the strategic vision for the organization’s long-term growth impact at RMHC chapters around the world. Former president and CEO, SHEILA MUSOLINO, announced in July her plans to retire in December and that Dolan would be her successor. The organization also announced the promotion of JOANNA SABATO from her role as director of marketing to chief marketing and development officer.

In other news, the Woods Fund Chicago has announced that RIC ESTRADA is stepping down from the board. In his ten years of service, Estrada implemented the foundation's finance committee, chaired every committee, and experienced the transition of two foundation presidents. Honored as an American Marshall Memorial Fellow, Estrada has been recognized as a Leadership Greater Chicago Distinguished Fellow; has received the City Club of Chicago John A. McDermott Award for Distinguished Social Leadership, the University of Illinois at Chicago City Partner Award, and the University of Chicago's Inaugural SSA Social Impact Alumni Award; was named a Roberto Clemente honoree by the Chicago Cubs and has received the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award from the Chicago Bears; was named “Person of the Year” by the Corporate Responsibility Group of Chicago; received a Kellogg CEO Perspectives Fellowship; and, earlier in his career, was selected as one of Crain’s Chicago Business' "40 under 40." 

The New York Foundation’s MARIA MOTTOLA has announced that she will be stepping down as executive director of the foundation in the spring of 2021. Mottola joined the foundation as a program officer in 1994 and became executive director in 2003. During her tenure, she has served as an executive-on-loan to Gladys Carrión, the commissioner of the New York State Office of Children and Families; taught community organizing at the New York University School of Social Work and been an adjunct instructor at Hunter College Graduate School of Urban Affairs and Planning; and co-chaired the Neighborhood Funders Group (2003-06). She currently serves on the boards of the New American Leaders Project and the Red Hook Initiative. The foundation’s board has formed a search committee and a committee to guide the transition and expects the formal search process to begin in January.

And Mental Health America in Arlington, Virginia, has announced that president and CEO PAUL GIONFRIDDO will retire in July 2021 after seven years of service to the organization. As a member of the state House of Representatives in Connecticut, Gionfriddo led the Joint Appropriations Committee’s Health subcommittee, his first opportunity to impact mental health policy, and went on to build a career around improving the mental health delivery system, working as a consultant, nonprofit leader, speaker, writer, and author of Losing Tim: How Our Health and Education Systems Failed My Son with Schizophrenia, a policy memoir he completed in 2014 just prior to joining MHA. At MHA, Gionfriddo’s contributions have included coining the term “B4Stage4” and using it to promote MHA’s efforts toward earlier intervention around mental health conditions; building MHA’s successful online screening and screening-to-supports program; reclaiming Mental Health Month as MHA’s signature public education effort each year; and initiating the Bell Seal program to recognize workplace mental health champions. During his time with the organization, Gionfriddo also served a four-year term on the National Advisory Council to the SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services. The board of directors has initiated a search for a new executive and has engaged the services of Sterling Martin Associates to support the selection and transition process. 

"Maria Sachiko Cecire Joins Mellon Foundation as Program Officer in Higher Learning." Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Press Release 12/17/2020. "GIH Announces New Board Members." Grantmakers In Health News Release 12/15/2020. "The Nathan Cummings Foundation Welcomes Jarrett Barrios and Gabriella Morris as Independent Trustees." Nathan Cummings Foundation News Release 12/08/2020. "Urban Institute Adds Two New Leaders to Its Board of Trustees." Urban Institute Press Release 12/03/2020. "Cris Abrego Becomes First Latino Chair of Television Academy Foundation." Television Academy Foundation Email 12/16/2020. "Ronald McDonald House Charities Announces Kelly Dolan as New President and CEO." Ronald McDonald House Charities Announcement 12/09/2020. "As 2020 Comes to an End, the Woods Fund Chicago Team Says Goodbye to One of Its Longest-Serving Board Members, Ric Estrada." Woods Fund Chicago Announcement 12/17/2020. "From Maria Mottola, Executive Director." New York Foundation Email 12/06/2020. "Mental Health America Launches Search for President and CEO." Mental Health America Email 12/10/2020.