The Seattle-based Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced the planned departure of ASHOK ALEXANDER, director of its India office, at the end of June. Alexander established the office in 2003 and helped drive the success of the foundation's Avahan initiative. "Under Ashok's leadership, our India office has grown from its original focus on HIV/AIDS prevention to one that now supports a wide range of foundation priorities," said Gates Foundation CEO Jeff Raikes. GIRINDRE BEEHARRY, currently director of strategy for the foundation's Global Health program, will become director of the India office in July.
The New York City-based Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has announced the appointment of EARL LEWIS as president, effective March 2013. Lewis, a leading scholar in the field of African American studies as well as a nationally recognized leader in the higher education field, currently is provost, executive vice president for academic affairs, and Asa Griggs Candler Professor of History and African American Studies at Emory University in Atlanta. Earlier, he taught at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as the University of Michigan. Lewis will succeed DON M. RANDEL, who has led the foundation since 2006 and plans to continue his work as a scholar in musicology and as an advocate for the humanities.
The Denver-based Colorado Trust has announced the appointment of DEBRA DEMUTH as vice president and chief financial officer. DeMuth, most recently director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education's CollegeInvest division, earlier worked in the Department of Aviation for the City and County of Denver and at accounting firm Coopers & Lybrand. She serves on the boards of the Denver Rotary Club Foundation, Girl Scouts of Colorado, the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation, and the Public Education and Business Coalition.
The Los Angeles-based California Endowment has announced the appointment of ANNE STUHLDREHER as senior communications program manager for its policy and systems change team, which works to improve schools and neighborhoods as well as support the successful implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Most recently a senior policy fellow at the New America Foundation, Stuhldreher is a policy and communications professional with more than fifteen years of experience with public-private partnerships. Previously, she served as a senior policy advisor to former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver, as associate director at the Opportunity Fund, and as a program associate in the Ford Foundation's Economic Development unit.
JDRF, a global public charity focused on type 1 diabetes research, has announced the election of DICK ALLEN as its board chair, effective July 1. Retired from a forty-year healthcare industry career as an operating executive, seed capital investor, and board member, Allen, who has a grandchild with type 1 diabetes, has been involved with JDRF for more than ten years and currently chairs the board's research committee.
The Council on Foundations has announced the election of EUGENE W. COCHRANE, LINDA P. EVANS, and JAVIER ALBERTO SOTO and the re-election of AKHTAR BADSHAH, TERRY MAZANY, CHET TCHOZEWSKI, and WENDA WEEKES MOORE to its board. Cochrane is president of the Duke Endowment. Evans is president and CEO of the Meadows Foundation. Soto is president and CEO of the Miami Foundation. Badshah is senior director of global community affairs at Microsoft. Mazany is president and CEO of the Chicago Community Trust. Tchozewski is executive director of the Global Greengrants Fund. And Moore is a trustee of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
In other news, the New York City-based Association of Junior Leagues International has announced the appointment of MAUREEN MACKEY as chief operating officer. Mackey, most recently COO of the Foundation Center, earlier served as vice president of finance and controller at Wechsler Coffee Corporation and was a senior manager at KPMG.