People in the News (3/18/18): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (3/18/18): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

Omidyar Network, the chief philanthropic vehicle of eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, has announced the appointment of MIKE KUBZANSKY as its new managing partner and has also announced that MATT BANNICK, ON's managing partner since 2007, is stepping down but will continue to serve on the philanthropic investment firm's board of directors. In his new role, Kubzansky, who joined the firm in 2013, will direct the next phase of its evolution, which will include a  continuation of its early-stage investing and grantmaking support for sector-level initiatives; the launch several existing ON initiatives as independent organizations; and the development and sharing of new ideas, insights, experiments, and lessons aimed at driving innovation. His appointment is effective immediately.

The Ball Brothers Foundation in Muncie, Indiana, has announced the appointment of DONNA MUNCHEL as program officer and grants manager. Munchel, who joined the staff of the foundation in 2005, has played a "key role" in recent changes it has made, including the redesign of its website. Before joining BBF, Munchel was employed for eleven years at her alma mater, Ball State University, in both the admissions department and the development office.

The Houston Endowment has announced the appointment of ANN BARNES, MD, and ARSHAD MATIN to its board of directors. Barnes is chief medical officer at Legacy Community Health, the largest Federally Qualified Health Center in Houston, and also maintains a voluntary faculty position as an associate professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Previously, Dr. Barnes was medical director of weight management services and disease prevention for Harris Health System. Matin is president and CEO of Paradigm, a software provider in upstream oil and gas that was acquired by Emerson in December 2017. He previously served as executive vice president of global products and services of IHS, Inc.; as president and CEO of Seismic Micro-Technology, Inc.; and as a partner in the Houston office of McKinsey & Company.

The New York City-based Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation has announced the addition of ERIN K. O'SHEA to its board of directors. A distinguished scientist and president of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (the first woman to hold that position), O'Shea has been an HHMI investigator since 2000 and maintains a laboratory at the institute's Janelia Research Campus. Prior to joining HHMI in 2013 as vice president and chief scientific officer, she served on the faculties of Harvard University and the University of California, San Francisco. She is, in addition, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation in Quincy, Massachusetts, has announced the appointment of ELIZABETH HILPMAN and JOHN H. JACKSON to its board of directors. Hilpman joined money management firm Barlow Partners in January 2001 as CIO and became its president and sole stockholder in 2016. Previously, she served as vice president of investments at Commonfund, an asset management firm serving nonprofits, and served as director of alternative manager research at Dubin & Swieca, as an investment officer at Dartmouth College, and as a portfolio manager at Global Asset Management. Jackson is president and CEO of the Schott Foundation for Public Education and leads its efforts to ensure a high-quality public education for all students regardless of race or gender. Previously, he served as chief policy officer and national director of education at the NAACP; as an adjunct professor of race, gender, and public policy at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute; and as a senior policy advisor in the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education under President Clinton.

The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy has announced that GREG MOORE, its founder and longtime leader, plans step down as president and CEO in early 2019 and will transition to a new role as special projects advisor. The Parks Conservancy’s Board of Trustees has launched a search for Moore’s successor. “From the restoration of Crissy Field, to the conversions of the Presidio and Fort Baker from military posts to national parks, the revitalization of Lands End, and establishment of one of the nation’s foremost environmental youth centers, Greg, along with his partners at the National Park Service and Presidio Trust and the staff of the Parks Conservancy, has preserved our national park treasures and built a community dedicated to preserving these lands forever,” said Park Conservancy board chair  Colin Lind. “Equally important, he has worked to make the Bay Area’s urban parklands more relevant and accessible for everyone. We are extremely fortunate that he will continue to advance our vision ⎼ Parks For All Forever ⎼ in his new advisory role.” The Parks Conservancy’s board has launched a search for Moore’s successor.

DONNA VUCHINICH, president and CEO of the University of Hawai'i Foundation, has announced her retirement, Pacific Business News reports. Vuchinich has been with the organization since September 2002, first as vice president for development and, since June 2004, as president and CEO. During her tenure, the organization completed two capital campaigns in support of UH — a Centennial Campaign that raised $336 million ($136 million more than its goal), and its most recent campaign, which met its goal of $500 million a year ahead of schedule. Over her career, Vuchinich has received several awards for her work at the foundation, including the 2017 CASE Commonfund Institutionally Related Foundation Award and the 2011 Outstanding Professional Fundraiser/National Philanthropy Day Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Vuchinich has indicated that she will stay in her current position until a successor is found.

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