People in the News (12/24/17): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (12/24/17): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The William Davidson Foundation, a private family foundation that works to preserve and enhance the cultural, civic, and economic vitality of Southeast Michigan, Israel, and the Jewish community, has announced DARIN McKEEVER as its president and CEO, effective January 1. McKeever, the foundation's chief program and strategy officer, will succeed JONATHAN S. AARON, chairman of the board of directors, who has served as president since the foundation's founder, William "Bill" Davidson, died in 2009. McKeever worked previously for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where he built and led an international team charged with improving the effectiveness of philanthropy and charities worldwide. Prior to that, he served for more than a decade as co-founder and executive director of Heads Up, a provider of academic and enrichment programs that, under his leadership, became the largest AmeriCorps program serving the Washington, D.C., region.

The Chicago-based Joyce Foundation has announced the appointment of CARRIE DAVIS as director of its new Democracy Program, a position she assumes after five years as executive director of the League of Women Voters of Ohio and eight years as staff counsel to the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio. The foundation also announced that SOLEDAD ADRIANZEN McGRATH, a program officer in the Justice Reform program at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, has been named senior program officer in its newly expanded Gun Violence Prevention & Justice Reform program. And the foundation announced the promotion of JASON QUIARA to the position of senior program officer in its Education & Economic Mobility program.

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation in Los Altos, California, has announced that LISA CLARK has joined the foundation as director of human resources, in which role she will serve as a member of the foundation's executive leadership team. Clark comes to the foundation after a more than 25-year career at Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies. She also has a long-standing commitment to community service and has worked with several nonprofit agencies, including Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, which she currently serves as vice chair. 

The Rita Allen Foundation in Princeton, New Jersey, has named SUSAN DYMECKI, professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, to its scientific advisory committee. Dymecki joined the faculty of HMS in 1998 and was named a Rita Allen Foundation Scholar in 1999. Her lab has pioneered the use of genetic tools to study the molecular identities, functions, connectivity, and origins of different neuron types in the mammalian brain and helped to shed light on serotonin involvement in such diverse disorders as sudden infant death syndrome and depression.

In other news, the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation in Pittsburgh has announced that WILLIAM P. GETTY will step down as president, effective June 30, 2018, or as soon thereafter as a new president is installed. Getty has served as president of the foundation since 1999 and has been a trustee since 1994 Prior to becoming president, he practiced law with the Pittsburgh firm of Meyer, Unkovic & Scott. "While the Benedum trustees recognize this is a well-deserved retirement, Pat Getty's departure will be a great loss to the foundation and particularly to the citizens of West Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania," said board chair Lloyd Jackson. "[Pat] has been a real champion for the area and especially for the regional cooperation he has fostered over many years. The trustees are pleased that [he] will be assisting the foundation after stepping down as president as our regional facilitator, to help maintain the momentum that has been built in a number of regional projects in which our foundation partners." Diversified Search, headquartered in Philadelphia, will lead the search for a new president.

"Darin McKeever Named President and CEO of the William Davidson Foundation." William Davidson Foundation Email. 12/19/2017. "Joyce Foundation Announces Updates to Program Staff." Joyce Foundation News Release 12/20/2017. "The David and Lucile Packard Foundation Names Lisa Clark Human Resources Director." David and Lucile Packard Foundation News Release 12/19/2017. "Susan Dymecki Joins Rita Allen Foundation Scientific Advisory Committee." Rita Allen Foundation News Release 12/18/2017. "Benedum Foundation Announces President’s Retirement." Benedum Foundation Statement 12/19/2017.