The Minneapolis-based McKnight Foundation has announced that NEAL CUTHBERT, its vice president of program, will be retiring after more than twenty-five years with the foundation at the end of the year. Cuthbert joined McKnight in 1991 as its first arts program officer, was named program director in 2000, and became vice president of program in 2005. Before joining the foundation, he was director and publisher of the monthly art and culture journal Artpaper and a planner at the Metropolitan Council.
The New York City-based Jonas Family Fund has announced that DARLENE CURLEY has been named CEO of the fund and KELLY MAHONEY has been promoted to the position of deputy director of the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare. Curley joined the Jonas Center in 2009 as executive after two terms in the Maine House of Representatives, where she established herself as a leading expert in health policy and finance. As CEO of the fund, she will oversee all its activities while continuing to serve as executive director of the Jonas Center. In her new position, Mahoney, who previously held positions at Malaria No More and the National Center on Philanthropy and the Law at New York University. will oversee the center's national grantmaking programs, including its signature Jonas Scholar Program, as well as day-to-day operations.
The XPrize Foundation has announced that MARCUS SHINGLES has joined the organization as chief executive officer. A veteran of industry (Kellogg Company) and management consulting (Ernst & Young LLP and Deloitte LLP), as well as a successful entrepreneur, Shingle succeeds XPrize founder PETER DIAMANDIS, who will remain as executive chairman of the XPrize board.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has announced the election of JANE MENDILLO and L. RAFAEL REIF to its board of trustees. Mendillo has served as president and chief executive officer of the Harvard Management Company since 2008 and prior to that served as chief investment officer of Wellesley College from 2002-08. She is a member of the Boston Security Analysts Society, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Boston Committee on Foreign Relations, and the Boston Economic Club, and serves on the board of both the Boston Foundation and the Berklee College of Music, as well as on the investment committee at Partners Healthcare. Reif has served since July 2012 as president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1980. A member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he received the degree of Ingeniero Eléctrico from Universidad de Carabobo in Valencia, Venezuela, and his doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
The Thomas Jefferson Foundation in Charlottesville, Virginia, has announced the election of L.D. BRITT and PETER J. COOLIDGE to its board of trustees. Britt, the first African American in the U.S. to hold an endowed chair in surgery, is the Henry Ford Professor and Edward J. Brickhouse Chairman of Surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk. A practicing surgeon, he is a former regent of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, a position to which he was nominated by President George W. Bush, and is actively involved in numerous community organizations. Coolidge, a portfolio manager at Deltec Special Situations Partners LP, is one of the founders of Angie's List, a member of the alumni board of the Harvard Business School, and serves on the investment committee of the Squam Lakes Conservation Society, of which he previously served as a trustee.
The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has announced ANASTASIA STATEN as the new executive director of the ESA Foundation. In that role, Staten will manage the foundation's fundraising and daily operations, cultivate partnerships, and oversee the foundation's grant and scholarship programs. She joins ESA from the American Humane Association, where she served as vice president of philanthropic services, and before that she spent more than eight years as senior director of constituency relations and membership at the Foundation Fighting Blindness.
Girl Scouts of the USA has announced the appointment of CHRISTINE CEA as its chief communications executive, in which position she will be responsible for public relations, social media, enterprise communications, and reputation management for GSUSA, as well as for annual campaigns. Cea comes to the organization from Unilever, where she served as senior director of marketing communications, and prior to that she held senior management positions at global PR agencies in both New York and London, including, most recently, Porter Novelli.
In other news, Crain's New York Business reports that JED BERNSTEIN, president of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts since 2013, has resigned his position. In a memo to staff, Bernstein, a former head of the Broadway League and co-producer of a number of Broadway shows, including the revival of Hair, Driving Miss Daisy and Equus, did not offer any specific explanation, other than to say “he wanted to return to his roots as a producer.” Crain's also reports that Bernstein's departure is not expected to affect the planned $500 million renovation of David Geffen Hall (formerly Avery Fisher Hall), which is home to the New York Philharmonic. Lincoln Center board chair Katherine Farley will work with a transition team of senior management led by Chief Operating Officer Liza Parker to find Bernstein's replacement.