People in the News (12/31/17): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (12/31/17): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

UN secretary-general António Guterres has announced HENRIETTA HOLSMAN FORE as the next executive director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Devex reports. Fore is a former U.S. Agency for International Development administrator — the first woman to hold the top job at the agency — and prior to that served as undersecretary of state for management at the State Department. She also served as an assistant administrator at USAID during George H.W. Bush's presidency.

African Parks, a conservation NGO founded in 2000 that manages national parks and protected areas on behalf of governments and in collaboration with local communities across Africa, has announced that His Royal Highness PRINCE HENRY of WALES has formally joined the organization as its president. In that role, the prince will work closely with the organization's board and CEO Peter Fearnhead to advance the organization’s efforts to protect Africa's national parks. 

Boston Partners in Education, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting students in the Boston Public Schools (BPS) through in-classroom academic mentoring services, has announced ERIN McGRATH as its new  executive director. McGrath has volunteered with BPE since 2001 and in 2006 joined the organization as its power lunch program manager. Since 2008, she has served as the organization's program director, overseeing volunteer programs on both strategic and tactical levels, designing and implementing processes to improve match quality, and building its capacity to serve more BPS students.

The board of directors of New Horizons, a leading Los-Angeles-area nonprofit serving the needs of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, has announced the appointment of JOHN C. BRAUER as president and CEO, effective January 11, 2018. Brauer comes to the organization from Union Station Homeless Services in the San Gabriel Valley, where he was CEO, and prior to that served for thirteen years as CEO at NW Works, Inc., a Virginia-based nonprofit serving individuals with intellectual and other disabilities. He also was CEO of Community Vocational Enterprises, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that supports youth and adults with mental health disabilities.

American Jewish World Service (AJWS) in New York City has named MARGO BLOOM as its vice president for development. Bloom most recently served as senior division director of development at NYU Langone Medical Center, where she led a team of twenty-six people whose annual fundraising goal was $60 million. Before joining NYU Langone in 2009, Bloom served as senior vice president of the Birthright Israel Foundation, as director of the 14th Street Y in Manhattan, and as director of the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia.

Sesame Workshop in New York City has announced the promotion of SHADRACH KISTEN to the newly-created position of chief technology officer. Kisten joined the organization in 2011 after nine years at NBC/MSNBC in various production and broadcast technology positions. In 2013, he was promoted to the position of vice president, information technology, leading the entire IT function, and in 2015 became senior vice president, reflecting an expansion of his responsibilities to include digital media engineering. Kisten earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from City College and obtained a master's degree in computer science with distinction from Long Island University.

In other news, PND notes the death, by self-inflicted gunshot wound, of lawyer, investor, and philanthropist WILLIAM W. GRAHAM. Graham, 69, was a member of the family that owned and published the Washington Post for many years and was a lawyer at the Washington firm of Williams & Connolly for three years in the 1970s before settling in Los Angeles, where he taught trial law at his alma mater, the University of California at Los Angeles. Graham was a 1970 graduate of Stanford University, where he majored in history and was active in the antiwar movement, and was married four times, including to Jorie Pepper (the poet known as Jorie Graham). He is survived by his wife of seven years, Sally Lasker Graham of Los Angeles; two children from his second marriage, Alice Graham of Portland, Ore., and Edward Graham of Pupukea, Hawaii; a sister, Lally Weymouth of New York; and two brothers, Donald E. Graham of Washington and Stephen M. Graham of New York.

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