The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, the largest network serving philanthropy in America, has announced the appointment of MAGGIE GUNTHER OSBORN as chief strategy officer, a new position, effective August 1, 2016. In that position, Osborn will lead efforts to identify, nurture, and implement new collaborative projects between and among the regional and national philanthropy-serving organizations in the forum's expanded network; develop new services to support the work of the network's members; and design and implement strategies for field-wide education to be delivered by and through the network. Currently president of the Connecticut Council of Philanthropy, a forum member, Osborn previously served as vice president of the Florida Philanthropic Network (2010-13), also a forum member, and as director of the Conn Memorial Foundation, a private grantmaking foundation in Tampa, for more than seven years.
The Florida Philanthropic Network, a statewide membership network of nearly one hundred and twenty philanthropic organizations, has announced the appointment of STACY CARLSON as its next president and CEO, effective April 11. Currently the Helios Education Foundation's vice president and program director, college and career readiness, Carlson has close to ten years of experience in foundation development and capacity building and previously served as executive director of the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations, where she spearheaded the group's legislative and funding initiatives, advocated for education policy, and helped member foundations build organizational capacity. A graduate of the University of South Florida, Carlson holds a master of education degree from Harvard University, is a founding board member of the National Schools Foundation Association, and is the author of From Better to Best: Practical Strategies to Boost Efficiency in Your Education Foundation.
FPN also has announced three new members to its board of directors: NANCY GIDUSKO, director, corporate citizenship, Walt Disney World Resort; ERIC KELLY, president, Quantum Foundation; and MARLENE SPALTEN, president and CEO, Community Foundation of Tampa Bay.
The Chicago-based Poetry Foundation, the publisher of Poetry magazine, has announced the appointment of SCOTT TUROW to its board of trustees. An attorney and writer, Turow is the author of ten best-selling works of fiction, including Presumed Innocent (1987), Innocent (2010), and Identical (2013), as well as several works of nonfiction. A graduate of Amherst College ('70), Turow is active in charitable causes and has twice served as president of the Authors Guild (1997-98, 2010-14), the nation's largest membership organization of professional writers. He also is a emeritus trustee of Amherst.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in New York City has announced that FRANCESCA LAVAZZA has been elected to its board of trustees. A board member of the Lavazza Group, a leader in the Italian coffee market, Ms. Lavazza served as the company's corporate image director from 2005 to 2015, managing international advertising campaigns and projects, including Lavazza's annual calendar featuring images by photographers such as Elliott Erwitt, David LaChapelle, Annie Leibovitz, Steve McCurry, and Helmut Newton. Earlier in her career, she worked in advertising with the Armando Testa agency and studied screenwriting at the New York Film Academy. She was born in Turin, where she continues to live and work.
The National Organization on Disability has announced that DARYL BREWSTER and BRAD HOPTON have been elected to its board of directors. Brewster, the CEO of CECP: The CEO Force for Good, has nearly thirty years of executive experience in the United States and abroad, including as an as an officer for several Fortune 500 companies. In addition, he has served on the boards of the American Marketing Association; several colleges and university councils; the Y Alliance; the CIFF-Funded MANA (Mother Administered Nutritive Assistance), which is focused on reducing childhood hunger around the world; and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-supported Partnership for Healthy Kids, which is working to reduce childhood obesity in the U.S. Hopton, a partner in corporate tax advisory services at PwC, where he helped create the Ability Reveals Itself initiative, an effort to attract talented people with disabilities to the PwC workforce, is also a published author and speaker on tax issues affecting multinational companies.
In other news, the Aspen Institute has announced that AMY MARGERUM BERG, executive vice president for development and operations and corporate secretary, is leaving at the end of March to serve as president of the Better Angels Society, a nonprofit that supports the work, educational programs, and legacy of the documentary filmmaker KEN BURNS. During Berg's sixteen-year tenure at Aspen, the institute grew from an organization with a $50 million budget and a hundred and fifty employees to one with a $260 million budget and three hundred and sixty-two employees. In addition to managing the institute's finances and administration, Berg was instrumental in growing a robust community outreach program, oversaw significant upgrades to the institute's Aspen Meadows campus, and played a key stewardship role in a $100 million capital campaign that exceeded its goals, putting the institute on solid financial footing. "Amy exemplifies the kind of smart leadership and commitment to service that the Aspen Institute is known for," said Walter Isaacson, the institute's president and CEO. "Her tremendous contributions as a key member of our senior management team, on so many fronts, are sure to leave a lasting imprint. The institute would not be what it is today without the dedication and acumen of Amy Margerum Berg."