People in the News (12/27/2020): appointments, promotions, obituaries

People in the News (12/27/2020): appointments, promotions, obituaries

The New York City-based Dana Foundation has named CAROLINE MONTOJO, PhD, as its next president, effective March 1, 2021. Dr. Montojo currently is the director of life sciences and brain initiatives at the Kavli Foundation, where, since 2015, she has been involved in large-scale neuroscience initiatives, including the U.S. BRAIN Initiative and International Brain Initiative (IBI), and has championed the foundation’s strategic efforts in international neuroethics through partnerships with the Global Neuroethics Summit and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The daughter of fist-generation immigrants from the Philippines, Montojo completed postdoctoral research in the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). At Dana, she will succeed BURTON M. MIRSKY, who has held the position of president and treasurer and served in executive roles at the foundation since 1996 and will continue his work at the foundation as president emeritus.

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation in New York City has announced the election of H. SCOTT WALTER as president of the board of directors, succeeding HENRY C. WALTER, who had served as president since 2009. Walter was elected to the Dreyfus board in 2008, having previously served as vice president and treasurer and chair of the Finance and Audit committees. He currently serves as director of data and systems strategy at and previously was director of field operations at the International Rescue Committee. Earlier in his career, he was senior vice president and principal at Bernstein Global Wealth Management. A member of the Dreyfus family, Mr. Walter started his career as a statistician for the International Crop Research Institute in Mali, West Africa, where he was also a Peace Corps volunteer.

The California Wellness Foundation has announced the election of IRMA COTA, VIRGINIA Q. HEDRICK, and KATHERINE KATCHER to its board of directors. A resident of San Diego, Cota has dedicated her career to public health, primarily in the community health center sector in San Diego County. For twenty-one years, she was the CEO of North County Health Project, growing NCHS from five clinics with a budget of $12 million to a system of ten comprehensive health centers with a $74 million budget serving more than 66,000 patients. Cota also serves on several boards, including the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California and the San Diego State University School of Public Health Advisory Board. A Sacramento resident, Hedrick is executive director of the California Consortium for Urban Indian Health. Prior to that, she served as CCUIH’s Director of Policy and Planning and worked with the California Rural Indian Health Board to advance chronic disease prevention and implement the Affordable Care Act for California tribes. A Berkeley resident and civil rights attorney, Katcher is the founder and executive director of Root & Rebound, a national organization that strives to restore power and resources to the families and communities harmed by mass incarceration. A Cal Wellness grantee, Root & Rebound provides legal advocacy, works to advance public education, and engages in policy reform and litigation.

The Colorado Trust has announced the appointment of CHRISTINE MARQUEZ-HUDSON and BRANDY REITTER to its board of trustees. Márquez-Hudson is vice president of university advancement and executive director of the MSU Denver Foundation at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Prior to joining MSU Denver, she served as president and chief executive officer of the Denver Foundation and, before that, as CEO of Mi Casa Resource Center. Reitter grew up in Denver and is the town manager of Eagle, Colorado.  She started her municipal career in economic development working for the City and County of Denver and the District of Columbia in Washington, DC. Prior to Eagle, she was the town administrator for Buena Vista and Saguache and accomplished transformational initiatives in affordable housing, economic prosperity, historic preservation, and creative placemaking in a rural and economically disadvantaged part of Colorado. In Eagle, she continues to build community by executing multimillion-dollar projects that support mitigating the digital divide in rural areas through municipal broadband deployment and is responsible for leading major transportation projects designed to increase mobility and support middle- to last-mile public transportation connections in the town and region. 

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Chevy Chase, Maryland, has announced the election of DAVID JULIUS, PhD, a professor at the University of California, San Francisco, to its board of trustees. A biochemist and molecular physiologist, Julius studies the molecular mechanisms underlying sensations such as heat, cold, and pain. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Julius's work has earned international recognition as well as numerous honors and awards, including the Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine and the Canada Gairdner International Award. In 2020, he received the Kavli Prize in Neuroscience and the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences for discovering molecules, cells, and mechanisms underlying pain sensation. Prior to 1990, Dr. Julius worked as a postdoc in the lab of HHMI investigator Richard Axel at Columbia University. He earned his doctoral degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1984 and his bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1977.

Atlanta-based Purpose Built Communities, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving racial equity, economic mobility, and health outcomes in neighborhoods across the country, has announced the appointment of CAROL R. NAUGHTON as chief executive officer. Naughton has worked at Purpose Built Communities since its founding in 2009 and has served the organization as senior vice president and then president. Since the summer of 2020, she has served as interim CEO at the board of directors’ request following the departure of the previous CEO, David Edwards. Naughton’s 25-year career in holistic community development also includes leading the East Lake Foundation and serving as general counsel at the Atlanta Housing Authority.

"Dana Foundation Announces Caroline Montojo, Ph.D., as New President." Dana Foundation Announcement 12/20/2020. "Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Elects Scott Walter as New President." Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Announcement 12/17/2020. "Cal Wellness Welcomes New Board Members and Investment Committee Advisors." California Wellness Foundation News Release 12/09/2020. "Christine Márquez-Hudson and Brandy Reitter Join Our Board." Colorado Trust Press Release 12/18/2020. "David Julius Elected as HHMI Trustee." Howard Hughes Medical Institute News Release 12/21/2020. "Purpose Built Communities Board of Directors Selects Carol R. Naughton as New Chief Executive Officer." Purpose Built Communities Announcement 12/10/2020.