People in the News (5/21/17): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (5/21/17): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The Rasmuson Foundation in Anchorage, Alaska, has announced that ANGELA COX will join the foundation as vice president of external affairs, effective June 5. A lifelong Alaskan from Barrow, Cox currently serves as vice president of administration for the Arctic Slope Native Association, a nonprofit tribal health organization that operates the hospital in Barrow, and before that served as director of foundation and endowment development for the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, where she set up and served as acting director for the Arctic Slope Community Foundation. She also has worked as a research and communications consultant for the Ford Foundation in New York.

The Houston Endowment in Texas has announced CATHERINE BUTSCH VILLAREAL as its new director of communications. In that role, and working with the President and senior leadership team, Villareal will develop and guide a communications strategy that consistently and effectively articulates the foundation’s mission and work to both internal and external audiences. Villareal brings extensive experience in strategic communications for nonprofit organizations to the foundation and most recently served as director of communications for the Houston Parks Board, where she led the development and execution of proactive external communications strategies for the organization as it took on the ambitious citywide Bayou Greenways 2020 project.

The Nathan Cummings Foundation in New York City has announced the election of REY RAMSEY as an independent trustee to its board. Ramsey, managing partner at Centri Capital, an impact asset management firm focused on investments in sustainable affordable housing, brings more than three decades of experience as an executive in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors to the foundation. His previous leadership positions include stints as president of Opterna, a global opto-electronic product company; president and CEO of TechNet, a bipartisan network of leading U.S. e-commerce, clean-tech, bio-tech, venture capital, and investment banking CEOs and senior executives; founder, chair and CEO of One Economy Corporation, a nonprofit organization providing Internet service to the homes of low-income individuals; and president and COO of Enterprise Community Partners, a nonprofit organization providing development capital via equity and debt products for affordable housing and community development. He began his career as director of Oregon Housing and Community Development Agency. He will join SOPHAL EAR, TRICIA ROSE, and JANE M. SAKS as an independent trustee on the board.

The Chicago-based Polk Bros. Foundation has announced that announced today that NANCY LEWIS will join the foundation as a board member, filling a position made vacant upon the unexpected passing of BRUCE BACHMANN, a founding board member, in March. Lewis, a national sales manager at Mary Meyer Corporation, a family-owned company that has designed, manufactured, and distributed children's toys and collectibles since 1933, is a granddaughter of Goldie Bachmann Luftig, the eldest of the Polk siblings who founded the Polk Bros chain of appliance and retail stores.

CARRIE W. PENNER, a K-12 education advocate and chair of the board of directors of the Walton Family Foundation, has been elected to a five-year term on the Stanford University board of trustees, effective June 1. Penner has been active in education research, evaluation, advocacy and philanthropy for more than twenty years and has  worked as an evaluator for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship and as a program officer for education at the Walton Family Foundation. At Stanford, she is a member of the advisory council of the Graduate School of Education (GSE) and a former member of the advisory council of the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Communities, which is affiliated with the GSE. In addition, she and her husband, Greg, MBA ’97, are strong supporters of the Stanford Graduate School of Education, Stanford Athletics, the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program.

Fenton, a social change communications agency with New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., has announced BEN WYSKIDA as its next CEO, succeeding MICHAEL HUTTNER, who will be staying with the agency as its political director and will be launching a new venture as well. A political and communications strategist, Wyskida brings more than twenty years of experience working for progressive social change to the agency, most recently as an executive vice president at BerlinRosen Public Affairs, where he built the firm’s Philanthropy and Cultural Activism practice. Prior to that, he was with Atlantic Philanthropies, where he developed capacity-building programs and provided crisis communications support for a portfolio of grantees working on health care reform, immigration and social security. He also has led communications for the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and The Nation magazine.

BerlinRosen, a full-service communications firm, with offices in New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., has named ANDRE BANKS as executive vice president of its Social Impact and Philanthropy Practice. In that role, Banks, who has served in executive leadership and communications strategy roles at All Out, Purpose, Amnesty International, and Color Of Change, will oversee client strategy, staff management, and business development for the twenty-person practice area, which houses the firm’s work for philanthropy, criminal justice reform, international human rights, LGBTQ rights, voting and civil rights, sustainability, and media and culture.

PND also notes the passing, on May 14, of MARION ANDERSON, who with her late husband, John, provided the UCLA Anderson School of Management with transformational gifts that positioned the school as a global leader in management education. In 1987, the school was named in honor of John Anderson in recognition of the couple’s first gift to the school. Anderson, who died in 2011 at the age of 93, had earned a degree in business administration at UCLA in 1940 and later founded Topa Equities Ltd. Following his death, Marion Anderson became chairman of Topa Equities and, together with her children, ran the company. She also continued their commitment to philanthropy, making gifts to such causes as Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, the YMCA, and institutions in Los Angeles and elsewhere. In 2015, Anderson gave the management school a gift of $100 million, the largest gift it has ever received. "She passed peacefully, adored by her family and the many friends who love and admire her," said Judy Olian, dean of the UCLA Anderson School, the John E. Anderson Chair in Management, and a personal friend. "She and her late husband, John, are our school's pillars and namesakes, leaving us a legacy that includes our name, the physical campus that bears it and a defining set of values that they both lived and inspired."

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