The A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation in Bethesda, Maryland, has announced the appointment of three senior leaders: RYAN PALMER, director of DC community initiatives; NATALIE GRANDISON, director of engineering initiatives; and JENNIFER HOUSTON, operations and grants manager. A native Washingtonian, Palmer brings extensive experience working across the nonprofit, philanthropic, business, and government sectors and most recently served as chief external relations officer for Martha’s Table. Grandison previously served as director of external relations in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland’s Clark School of Engineering. And Houston previously served as vice president of special projects and events at the consulting firm Innovative Philanthropy.
The Eugene and Agnes Meyer Foundation in Washington, D.C., has announced that SONIA QUINONEZ will join the foundation as its Northern Virginia program director, effective June 18. In that position, Quiñónez will work to develop and manage a grant portfolio in the areas of housing, education, employment, and asset building, and will identify opportunities to expand the foundation’s advocacy, capacity-building, convening, and collective action work in northern Virginia. Quiñónez has spent the better part of three decades working for community-based nonprofit organizations in the areas of social justice, family sustainability, and youth development. From 2010 to 2018, she served as executive director at SCAN of Northern Virginia, a nonprofit organization that works to promote the well-being of children, improve parent-child relations, and prevent child abuse and neglect, and before that held leadership roles on the Nonprofit NOVA Steering Committee, the Alexandria Council of Human Services Organizations, the Arlington PEACE Project Leadership Roundtable, and the Alexandria/Arlington Smart Beginnings School Readiness Coalition.
The William T. Grant Foundation in New York City has announced four new members of the selection committee for its William T. Grant Scholars Program, which supports career development for promising early-career researchers. Joining the committee in July are NONIE K. LESAUX, academic dean and the Juliana W. and William Foss Thompson Professor of Education and Society at the Harvard Graduate School of Education; ROBERTO LEWIS-FERNANDEZ, professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons; and KAROLYN TYSON, professor and associate chair in the Department of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. BRUCE WESTERN, professor of sociology at Columbia University and distinguished visiting research professor at the University of Queensland in Australia, will begin his term in July 2019.
The California Health Care Foundation has announced the election of DAVID CARLISLE and LYNNE CHOU O’KEEFE to its board of directors. Carlisle is president and chief executive officer of Charles R. Drew University, a private nonprofit medical school in Los Angeles dedicated to increasing the diversity of health professionals, and previously served for eleven years under three governors as director of California’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. O’Keefe is a partner at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and since 2017 has been a member of the CHCF Innovation Fund Advisory Board, which invests in market-based solutions with the potential to improve access and health outcomes for low-income Californians.
The Joan Mitchell Foundation in New York City has announced the appointment of KAY TAKEDA as senior director of artist programs. Takeda comes to the foundation from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), where she has served in leadership positions since 2005 and currently serves as vice president of grants and services. In her new role, Takeda will oversee the Mitchell Foundation’s diverse roster of artist-centered initiatives, including its grants, residencies, and professional development programs, and will spearhead the foundation’s efforts to refine the focus and enhance the impact of its program offerings.
The Art Institute of Chicago has announced the appointment of ELLENOR ALCORN as chair and curator of its department of European decorative arts, starting in September. Alcorn most recently served as a curator in the department of European sculpture and decorative arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, where she oversaw its collections of British and French silver and assumed the role of lead curator for its renovation of the British Galleries. Prior to that, she worked at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she published extensively on its decorative arts collection, and served as consulting curator for the Gans Collection of English Silver at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy has announced TIMI GERSON, strategic advocacy and communications consultant at Gerson Strategies, as its new vice president and chief content officer. Gerson previously was the director of advocacy at American Jewish World Service, a vice president at Fenton Communications, and field director and senior organizer at Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.
In other news, NANCY JAMISON, president and CEO of San Diego Grantmakers, has announced she will be stepping down from her position after thirteen years at the end of 2018. In a letter to the SDS community, SDG board chair Steve Eldred wrote: "The good news is that under Nancy’s guidance, SDG is thriving. At our recent annual conference, I heard several members comment on how much SDG has grown since the ‘old days’. Our finances are strong, our staff is extraordinarily talented, we have recently committed to a compelling and powerful new Strategic Framework and we are pleased to be a part of the Philanthropy CA alliance with Northern California Grantmakers and Southern California Grantmakers." According to Eldred, the SDG board will convene over the coming weeks to develop a transition plan and initiate a search process for Jamison's replacement.