The Kresge Foundation in Troy, Michigan, has announced that RAQUEL HATTER has joined the foundation as deputy director of its human services program. In that role, Hatter, a recognized leader in human services , will provide leadership for the program’s efforts to improve social mobility for people with low incomes. Most recently, Hatter served as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Human Services, where she identified ways to improve outcomes for individuals and families across various support systems, including child support, TANF, and SNAP. She also was awarded the 2016 American Public Human Services Association State Member Award for Transforming Human Services.
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation in Los Altos, California, has announced that MARC FREEDMAN, founder and CEO of Encore.org and author most recently of The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife, will join the foundation as a visiting scholar through December 2017. A nonprofit leader whose thirty-year career has woven together public policy, social innovation, advocacy, and movement-building, Freedman s a nationally-known expert on the changing contours of midlife who pioneered the notion of an “encore career” at the intersection of public service and continued work in the second half of life. As a visiting scholar, Freedman will take advantage of the the intellectual resources of the Foundation while providing it with access to a network of practitioners conducting cutting-edge research.
After a statewide search, the Blandin Foundation in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, has announced the selection of CHRIS JENKINS, CPA, as director of finance and treasurer. In that role, Jenkins will be responsible for the foundation’s overall financial management and serve as a member of the organization’s senior leadership team. An alumnus of the 2009 Grand Rapids cohort of the Blandin Community Leadership Program and a participant in the foundation’s Academy for Advancing Community, Jenkins joins the foundation from the Northland Counseling Center in Grand Rapids, where he served as chief financial officer for the last several years.
The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has announced the promotion of ERIN YATES, currently the trust’s program coordinator, to the positon of special assistant to the president. In that role, Yates will serve as a key liaison for internal and external matters, spearhead special projects, communicate with the trust’s advisory councils, and provide administrative support to the president and other staff members. Prior to joining the Trust in 2015 as program coordinator, Yates worked as a grants manager at the Campion Foundation and as a grants assistant at the Norman Foundation. Originally from upstate New York, she earned a MPA from Bernard Baruch College and holds an undergraduate degree in political science from Siena College.
The Sundance Institute has announced the appointment of LYNNE DIANE GUGENHEIM as chief advancement officer. Reporting to executive director Keri Putnam, Gugenheim will participate as a member of the organization's leadership team in shaping its strategy and will structure and steward contributed revenue from foundations, corporations, and individuals, as well as its annual benefit. Gugenheim previously served as director of development at the Roundabout Theatre Company in New York, and, before that, ran an independent consulting practice and worked on staff with the 92nd Street Y, Children’s Television Workshop, KCET, and Playwrights Horizons. She is an advisory board member of the 52nd Street Project in New York and a graduate of the State University of New York at Purchase.
In other news, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C., has welcomed JOHN F. KERRY as its inaugural visiting distinguished statesman. Kerry served as the 68th U.S. secretary of state from 2013 to 2017, following nearly three decades as a United States senator from Massachusetts. A decorated Vietnam War veteran, leading environmentalist, and 2004 nominee for president of the United States, Kerry remains one of the most respected voices in American public life and on the world stage. At the endowment, he will focus on conflict resolution and global environmental challenges, and will both draw on and contribute to the efforts of Carnegie’s one hundred scholars in twenty countries to tackle urgent problems confronting the global community.