People in the News (3/27/16): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (3/27/16): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The Miami Foundation has announced the appointment of four new members to its board of trustees: RICHARD A. BERKOWITZ, J.D., CPA, CEO of Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants; ANNETTE FRANQUI, MBA, CFA, co-founding partner of Forrestal Capital; PANDWE GIBSON, Ph.D.; founder and CEO of EcoTech Visions; and VICTORIA ROGERS, vice president of the arts program at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Fidelity Charitable, an independent public charity with one of the largest donor-advised fund programs in the nation, has announced that ALFRED E. OSBORNE, JR. has been elected chair of its board of trustees, replacing ANNA SPANGLER NELSON, who served on the board for more than a decade. Senior associate dean and professor of global economics, management and entrepreneurship, as well as the founder and faculty director of the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, Osborne has served as a Fidelity Charitable trustee since 2008 and has chaired both its audit and investment committees. Dr. Osborne holds a B.S. in electrical engineering, an M.A. in economics, an MBA in finance, and a Ph.D. in business economics, all from Stanford University.

As part of its strategic plan to increase its influence and expand its reach in order to better serve refugees in Europe, Iraq, Syria, South Sudan, the Ukraine, and the Central African Republic, USA for UNHCR, a nonprofit that raises awareness and funds and helps to educate Americans about refugees worldwide, has appointed GEORGE LINDEMANN, DAN PHELAN, and MARK WALLACE to its board of directors. Currently CEO and owner of Etam GmbH, a German-based investment holding company, and Metropolitan USA Corporation, a Florida-based real estate investment company, Lindemann has served on Children International's advisory board and presently serves as the director of the Fourlin Memorial Foundation and the Max Lindemann Memorial Fund. Phelan, the former managing partner of McCalla Raymer, LLC as well as  CEO and chair of Prommis Solutions LLC, currently serves on the board of 410 Bridge, an organization that seeks to improve the spiritual and physical health of communities in the developing world and is vice chair of Map International. Wallace, senior vice president for global engineering and sustainability at UPS, currently serves as a board member for the Place of Forsyth, a Forsyth (GA) County organization focused on at-risk youth education, and has worked with the United Way and STAR House Foundation.

The Juilliard School, the world-renowned performing arts conservatory in New York City, has announced that MICHAEL LOEB and ELLEN MARCUS have been elected to its board of directors. Loeb, president and CEO of Loeb Enterprises, is a serial entrepreneur and venture investor whose past and present ventures include Priceline and ScriptRelief, a joint venture with United Health. Marcus, a longtime supporter of Juilliard, and her late husband, James S. Marcus, a Juilliard trustee from 1995 to 2015, created the Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts at Juilliard with a $10 million gift in 2010.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City has announced the election of PHILIP F. ("Flip") MARITZ and WILLIAM PIERSON RAYNER to its board of trustees. Born in St. Louis and educated at Princeton, Maritz is co-founder of Maritz, Wolff & Co., a private lodging investment fund, and a past board member of the St. Louis chapter of the Salvation Army, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, and the Management Board of the Stanford Business School. He currently serves on the advisory council of the Princeton University Art Museum and is a trustee of the American University in Cairo. Rayner, a former columnist for VogueHouse & Garden, and Vanity Fair magazines and co-author of Gourmet Cooking by the Clock, has served on the boards of the Rhode Island School of Design and the Parrish Art Museum, and currently he is a member of the board of the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons and an advisory director at the Henry Street Settlement. 

The Arts Education Partnership (AEP), a national coalition of education, arts, business, cultural, government and philanthropic organizations, has selected JANE BEST as its new director, effective April 4. Best previously served as the chief strategy officer for McREL International, an educational research and development nonprofit organization; as chief development officer for My Student Survey; and as a senior policy associate for Learning Point Associates. She started her career as a French and English language arts teacher and obtained her Ph.D. in education policy from Vanderbilt University. 

Participant Media, the Jeff Skoll-founded media company behind films such as Spotlight, Lincoln, The Help, He Named Me MalalaCITIZENFOUR, and An Inconvenient Truth, has appointed BOB PILON to the position of executive vice president, social impact. Most recently chief development officer at the ONE Campaign, the international advocacy organization co-founded by U2's Bono, Pilon previously served in senior leadership positions at Malaria No More, the Thelonious Monk Institute, and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, after starting his career at Bloomberg LP.

In other news, PND notes the passing of JOSEPH C. MANDEL at the age of 102. With his brothers Morton and Jack, Mandel, who was born in Poland, founded Cleveland-based Premier Industrial Corp., a small auto parts distributor, in 1940 and grew it into a global business that eventually merged with UK-based Farnell Electronics in 1996 to form Premier Farnell. In 1953, the brothers established the Cleveland-based Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation, which became a major supporter of charitable, educational, and civic groups and institutions, including Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, Cuyahoga Community College, the Cleveland Clinic, and the Joseph and Florence Mandel Jewish Day School (formerly the Agnon School) in Beachwood, Ohio. "It is impossible to fully measure the enormous impact that Joseph Mandel and the Mandel family have had," said Lisa Lynch, interim president of Brandeis University, whose Mandel Center for the Humanities and Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education was made possible by gifts from the foundation. "Their support is historic in scope."