People in the News (12/29/2019): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (12/29/2019): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The Miami-based John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has named FRANCISCO L. BORGES, chairman and managing partner of Landmark Partners, LLC, two-time Connecticut state treasurer, and a former deputy mayor of Hartford, has its new chair. Borges succeeds JOHN PALFREY, who became president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation on September 1 and will continue to serve as a trustee on the Knight board. Borges, whose family immigrated from the Cape Verde Islands when he was a child and who grew up in New Haven, has headed Knight’s program committee since 2013, during which time the foundation has committed $300 million to the future of local news, funded the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, and created one of the largest place-based arts programs in America.

United Way, the world's largest privately funded nonprofit, has appointed JULIETTE TUAKLI, a pediatrician, researcher and public health expert, to lead its worldwide board of trustees. A Nigerian-American who lives and practices in Ghana, Dr. Tuakli becomes United Way’s first woman board chair and will succeed PUNIT RENJEN, CEO of Deloitte Global, who has led the organization’s worldwide board since 2017. Tuakli joined the board in 2014 and has served in a number of leadership roles, including chair of UWW’s Governance and Membership committees and as a member of its Leadership Council.

The Energy Foundation, a grantmaking public charity that supports education and analysis aimed at promoting policy solutions that advance renewable energy and energy optimization, has welcomed MELANIE AUDETTE, DON CRAVINS, JR., and CARLOS CURBELO to its board. Audette has more than twenty years’ experience in philanthropy and is senior vice president at Mission Investors Exchange. Prior to joining Charter Communications, Cravins served as the National Urban League’s senior vice president for policy and as executive director of its Washington bureau. Curbelo is a former U.S. congressman who represented Florida’s 26th Congressional District (Miami) from 2015 to 2019 and was consistently ranked as one of the most bipartisan members for his work to build consensus across the aisle on challenging policy questions. 

The United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey has named MARIAMA K. GRIMES as its managing director of early learning. In that role, Grimes will be responsible for identifying potential investments in high-performing organizations that are able to demonstrate measurable impact in educational outcomes and will be responsible for building regional partnerships with and evaluating the impact of the organization’s investments in early learning providers focused on poverty reduction. Most recently, Grimes served as vice president of family and community engagement at the Public Education Foundation in Las Vegas and, prior to that, as director of community initiatives at Strategies for Children in Boston.

The San Francisco-based Christensen Fund has announced that executive director SANJAY BAVIKATTE will be leaving the fund in early 2020. Bavikatte joined the organization in July 2015 and played a critical role in the development of its new strategy, which is focused on the Indigenous peoples’ movement, the implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and its continuing work supporting biocultural diversity and stewards. The Christensen board and senior staff have begun to develop plans for an effective leadership transition.

"Francisco Borges Becomes Knight Foundation Board Chair." John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Press Release 12/10/2019. "United Way Appoints Dr. Juliette Tuakli to Head Worldwide Board of Trustees." United Way Worldwide Press Release 12/17/2019. "Energy Foundation Board Welcomes Three New Members." Energy Foundation Blog Post 12/10/2019. Sabrina Vourvoulias. "Dr. Mariama Grimes Joins UWGPSNJ as Managing Director of Early Learning ." Generocity 12/26/2019. "Dr. Sanjay Bavikatte to Leave Christensen Fund in Early 2020." Christensen Fund Announcement 12/17/2019.