The Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Chevy Chase, Maryland, has named ERIN O'SHEA as its sixth president, effective September 1, 2016. Currently HHMI's chief scientific officer, a position she has held since 2013, O'Shea is a leader in the fields of gene regulation, signal transduction, and systems biology and has served on the faculty of Harvard University and the University of California, San Francisco. A member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, O'Shea received her undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Smith College and her Ph.D. in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She will succeed ROBERT TJIAN, HHMI's president since 2009, who announced last year that he would step down to return to the University of California, Berkeley.
The New York City-based Edna McConnell Clark Foundation has announced the promotion of LISETTE RODRIGUEZ to the position of vice president of programs, in which capacity she will lead a major planning effort at the foundation related to its new Blue Meridian Partners venture. Rodriguez will be assisted in those efforts by JEHAN VELJI, in her new role as portfolio manager, director of portfolio strategy. The foundation also announced that KELLY FITZSIMMONS will assume a new role as director of innovation and policy planning, exploring ways to help EMCF and Blue Meridian grantees and other nonprofits, funders, and governments accelerate evidence-based policy making and funding to address the challenges faced by disadvantaged children and youth in the U.S. Before joining EMCF in 2012, Rodriguez spent twelve years at YouthBuild USA, the last six as senior vice president for field development, and before that worked as a senior program officer and director of the Fund for the Homeless at the Boston Foundation. Velji has more than fifteen years' experience in strategy consulting and organizational capacity building and, before joining EMCF in 2011, worked for nine years for the Bridgespan Group, where she was a partner in the youth development practice and led strategy consulting engagements with nonprofit and foundation clients. Fitzsimmons previously served as vice president and chief program and strategy officer at EMCF and, before joining the foundation in 2007, co-founded Zanana Studios, which provides enrichment services to women; LeadWell Partners, a boutique coaching and consulting firm for leaders, boards, and management teams challenged by growth and change; and New Profit Inc., a nationally recognized venture philanthropy fund.
The Kresge Foundation in Troy, Michigan, has announced that JALONNE L. WHITE-NEWSOME has joined the foundation as a senior program officer in its Environment Program. A seasoned federal policy analyst and researcher, White-Newsome has extensive experience engaging diverse communities on environmental issues and previously served as the first director of federal policy for West Harlem Environmental Action, Inc. (WE ACT). Before that, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Union of Concerned Scientists in Washington, D.C.; an environmental specialist at Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance in Dundee, Michigan; and a public health engineer with the Maryland Department of the Environment.
The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has announced that West Hartford resident KATHLEEN COSTELLO has been named chair of the steering committee for the Catalyst Endowment Fund, a giving circle administered by the foundation that pools and invests donations from members who contribute a minimum of $500 annually. Costello, a social worker who earned her master's degree from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work, serves as an adjunct professor at Goodwin College.
The Atlanta-based Healthcare Georgia Foundation has announced the appointment of ROBERT NESBIT, JR. as board chair and ALPHA BRYAN to its board. A graduate of Harvard College and the University of Rochester School of Medicine, Dr. Nesbit is professor emeritus of surgery at the Medical College of Georgia and a former chief of surgical services at VAMC Augusta (1983-1995) and chief of the vascular surgery section at MCG (1994-2000). He also has served as president of the Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science and is a member of the board of governors of the American Osler Society. A native of Texas, Dr. Bryan served as medical director for the Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation (1985) and, in 1991, became director of the St. Louis County Department of Health, in which role she provided management oversight for the county's largest public health department. Subsequently, Bryan was named vice president for Medicaid HMO services at Barnes-Jewish-Christian Healthcare System; was appointed deputy director for the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness; was named assistant division director for the Department of Human Resources; and has since served as district health director for the Clayton County Board of Health. Bryan received her undergraduate degree from Fisk University, her M.D. from Meharry Medical College, and completed her residency in family practice in St. Louis.
The University of Southern California has elected SHELLY NEMIROVSKY, class of '85 and a member of the USC President's Leadership Council, to its board of trustees. Married to a recently retired senior director of private equity firm HarbourVest Partners, Nemirovsky serves as vice chair and secretary of the board of trustees of Buckingham Browne Nichols day school in Massachusetts and on the board of an organization formed to restore and enhance the Charles River Esplanade in Boston.
KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit dedicated to giving all kids a childhood filled with balanced and active play, has announced the appointment of JAMES SIEGAL as chief executive officer. Siegal joined the organization in April 2012 as executive vice president and chief operating officer and was named president in November 2014. Prior to joining KaBOOM!, Siegal served as chief of staff for the Corporation for National and Community Service, as vice president of nonprofit programs and practice at Independent Sector, and as registration section chief and assistant attorney general in the New York State Attorney General's Charities Bureau. He will succeed KaBOOM! founder DARELL HAMMOND, who announced in November that he was stepping down as CEO after leading the organization for twenty years.
The New York City-based Jericho Project, a nationally recognized nonprofit dedicated to ending homelessness, has named TORI LYON as chief executive officer. A twenty-year veteran of the organization, including ten as its executive director, Lyon serves on the Executive Committee for the New York City Coalition on the Continuum of Care Veterans Task Force and was recently named by New York City mayor Bill de Blasio to a task force that will help guide the city's plan to build fifteen thousand units of supportive housing.
In other news, MARK SIDEL, an internationally recognized expert on philanthropy and the law, has been appointed the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Visiting Chair on Community Foundations at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Sidel, the Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law and Public Policy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is a member of the Council on Foundations' Community Foundations National Standards Board and is a long-time observer of the development of community foundations in the United States and beyond.