People in the News (12/22/2019): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (12/22/2019): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

VICTORIA CATALDO has been appointed executive director of the Edwin J. Wadas Foundation in Utica, New York. In that role, Cataldo will serve as the main spokesperson for the foundation and will represent it in all professional and business capacities. Cataldo has almost fifteen years of experience in the nonprofit sector and comes to the foundation from Masonic Care Community, where she served as director of philanthropy.

The Walton Family Foundation in Bentonville, Arkansas, has named MATTHEW CARR as director of its strategy, learning and evaluation, beginning in January. In that role, Carr will be responsible for ensuring that foundation board and staff are provided with accurate, timely data and analysis to support strategic decision-making. Carr, who previously served as a senior evaluation officer for WFF, rejoins the foundation from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where he served as director of evaluation. Earlier in his career, he was a research analyst at Westat, where he conducted program evaluations of education and workforce development initiatives, and served as director of education policy at the Buckeye Institute, where his research focused on charter schools, school finance, and performance-based compensation.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan, has named ROBB GRAY as its director of policy-advocacy, effective January 21. Most recently, Gray served as vice president of policy and advocacy for Arnold Ventures in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for designing, developing, and executing national and state policy advocacy strategies to promote economic and social justice. He also spent more than a decade at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities as senior director of state strategies and engagement, and held several policy advocacy and leadership positions in Oklahoma, including executive director and chief of staff/legislative liaison for Oklahoma’s Tourism and Recreation Department, senior fiscal agent for the Oklahoma State Senate, and human rights representative for Oklahoma Human Rights Commission. Early in his career, he was an intelligence analyst for the CIA. Gray has served as board chair and treasurer for the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center and board officer for Citizens for Tax Justice and was recognized as one of Oklahoma’s Forty Under 40 by Oklahoma Business News.

The foundation also announced the election of CELESTE A. CLARK as its board chair, succeeding RICK TSOUMAS, whose term as chair is expiring. Clark, who will serve a one-year term and assume her new role in January, joined the WKKF board of trustees in 2011. Currently principal of Abraham Clark Consulting, a health and regulatory policy consulting firm in Battle Creek, she retired as senior vice president of global public policy and external relations and chief sustainability officer for the Kellogg Company, which she joined in 1977. She also served as president of the Kellogg Corporate Citizenship Fund and was responsible for the company’s corporate responsibility initiatives. Over the course of her career she has served on the boards of several public and privately-held companies and currently serves on the boards of Wells Fargo & Co., the Hain Celestial Group, and Kate Farms, Inc.

Global humanitarian organization Save the Children U.S. (SCUS) in Fairfield, Connecticut, has announced the appointment of JANTI SOERIPTO as president and chief executive officer, succeeding CAROLYN MILES, who is leaving after twenty-two years at the organization, eight of them as CEO. Soeripto has served as president and chief operating officer of SCUS since June 2019 and brings more than twenty years of leadership experience in the nonprofit and corporate sectors to her new role. Previously, she served as deputy chief executive officer and chief operating officer of Save the Children International (SCI), which is located in London and oversees Save the Children’s programs in sixty countries, with direct supervision of five regional offices and a $1.2 billion portfolio. Prior to joining Save the Children, Soeripto spent fifteen years at Unilever, culminating in the oversight of a $600 million business unit with a staff of two hundred and fifty employees and served a stint at Kimberly Clark in Indonesia as managing director. Upon assuming the role of CEO, Soeripto will join the organization's board of directors.

The Fund for Our Economic Future in Cleveland, Ohio, has announced BETHIA BURKE as its new president. Burke, who joined the funding collaborative in 2010 and currently serves as its vice president, will step into her new role, succeeding founding president BRAD WHITEHEAD, in March. The primary author of The Two Tomorrows, the fund's 2018 report outlining inclusive economic growth priorities for the region, Burke initially was recruited to lead the fund's emerging initiatives but soon thereafter was given responsibility for the fund's grantmaking processes. Promoted to vice president in 2018, she led development of the fund's 2019-21 strategic direction, including priorities to advance job creation, job preparation, job access, and systemic racial inclusion in Northeast Ohio and manages the fund's three-year $10 million budget and evaluation measures. She also has guided the fund's job preparation agenda, including the establishment of sector partnership intermediaries ConxusNEO and Workforce Connect, as well as its mobility agenda, including the $1 million Paradox Prize, which was launched earlier this year to inspire innovations in transportation aimed at eradicating the "no car, no job; no job, no car" paradox in the region.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City has announced LENA STRINGARI, who has worked at the Guggenheim since 1992, as Deputy Director and Andrew W. Mellon Chief Conservator, a newly endowed leadership position within the field of art conservationIn her new role, Stringari will be responsible for the care and treatment of the collection, the creation of policy and procedures for collections management, oversight of new conservation construction, and direction of the Guggenheim’s conservation-focused programs, including the Panza Collection Initiative and the Conservation of Computer-Based Art Initiative. Stringari has organized several Guggenheim exhibitions, including Jackson Pollock: Exploring “Alchemy” (2017) and Imageless: The Scientific Study and Experimental Treatment of an Ad Reinhardt Black Painting (2008). She also has conducted and published research and preservation studies for Moholy-Nagy: Future Present (2016), Alberto Burri: The Trauma of Painting (2015–16), and other exhibitions. Her recent writings include an essay and entries for the catalogue Thannhauser CollectionFrench Modernism at the Guggenheim and an essay on Amedeo Modigliani for the Burlington Magazine. Stringari is a founding member of the International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art, a member of the International Institute for Conservation and the American Institute for Conservation, and an adjunct professor at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.

The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, has announced the appointment of CAROLINE FOWLER as Starr Director of its Research and Academic Program (RAP). Fowler joined the Clark staff in 2018 as associate director of the research and academic program, was named interim director later that year, and has led the program for the past year. She is the author of two critically acclaimed books, The Art of Paper: From the Holy Land to the Americas (Yale University Press, 2019) and Drawing and the Senses: An Early Modern History (Brepols Publishers, Harvey Miller book series, 2017). Prior to joining the Clark, Fowler was the A.W. Mellon Fellow in the Physical History of Art at Yale University (2016-18), where she taught graduate seminars on the history and philosophy of conservation practice and coordinated workshops and symposia that introduced graduate students to the theoretical and practical concerns of working with objects.

In other news, PND notes the passing of Sarasota philanthropists Charles and Margery Barancik, who were involved in a fatal collision on Longboat Key with an emergency response vehicle on Thursday. The Baranciks established their foundation, the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation, in 2014 with $100 million and had awarded $50 million in grants since then, with hopes to distribute another $100 million over the next five years. Beneficiaries have included the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Jewish Family Services, Planned Parenthood, the Library Foundation for Sarasota County, the Sarasota County School District, All Faiths Food Bank, the Manatee Community Foundation, the Ringling College of Art and Design, and the State College of Florida Foundation. Trained as a certified public accountant, Charles Barancik made a fortune by acquiring and operating manufacturing companies in his native Chicago. He and Margery were married in 1960 and moved to Sarasota thirty years ago. "Chuck loved Sarasota and felt he could have a bigger and much more positive impact here than [in Chicago]," said Pat Dorsey, publisher of the Austin American-Statesman. "He was a businessman at his core who said he felt very lucky and always wanted to give back. But he always wanted to make sure that whatever he was doing with philanthropy was run well, that it made sense, and that it had a good plan. He wanted to make sure his money was going to be used to do good, and he was very engaged with that."

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