People in the News (5/24/15): Appointments and Promotions

People in the News (5/24/15): Appointments and Promotions

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has announced the appointment of PETER LAUGHARN as president and CEO, effective January 1, 2016. Laugham's twenty-five-year career in philanthropy includes, most recently, service as executive director of the Firelight Foundation, a Hilton Foundation grantee and, before that, as director of programs and then as executive director of the Netherlands-based Bernard van Leer Foundation. Laugham began his career at Save the Children, where he worked for eleven years in a variety of roles and countries in Africa. Laugham, who currently serves on the advisory board of the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University, also was a co-founder of the International Education Funders Group and the Coalition for Children Affected by AIDS. He will succeed STEVEN M. HILTON, a grandson of Conrad N. Hilton, who joined the foundation as a program associate in 1983 and was named president of the foundation in 1998, CEO in 2005, and board chair in 2012, a role in which he intends to continue, according to a statement on the foundation's website.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced the appointments of SAM GILL as vice president for learning and impact, LILLY WEINBERG as director for community foundations, and KYLE KUTUCHIEF as Akron program director. Gill, a strategic planning and evaluation professional with expertise in philanthropy, politics, civic engagement, and technology, will start his new role on June 22 and will report directly to Knight Foundation president Alberto Ibargüen. Gill, most recently vice president of Freedman Consulting, previously helped create Next Century Cities and worked for Media Matters for America, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights, and Mental Disability Rights International. Weinberg, special assistant to the president at the foundation since 2012, previously worked with the Connected by 25 Institute, the Boston Redevelopment Authority, and the New York City Economic Development Corporation. She will succeed BAHIA RAMOS, who was recently named the foundation's program director for arts. Kutuchief, an Akron native, has worked at the foundation since September 2014 and has served as interim program director in Akron since January

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has announced the appointment of JESSICA MELE as a program officer in its Performing Arts program, effective this August. Mele, most recently executive director of Performing Arts Workshop, is also a writer, director, and performer with San Francisco's PianoFight Theater Company. Earlier in her career, she worked at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government and as an organizer for the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers.

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has announced the appointment of PAMELA HUDSON as chief administrative officer, effective July 6. In her new role, Hudson will be in charge of human resources, information technology, grants administration, and finance for the $6.5 billion foundation. Hudson most recently led efforts to open the new UCSF Mission Bay Hospitals, including the UCSF Betty Irene Moore Women's Hospital, and previously oversaw large-scale clinical systems implementations at UCSF, Kaiser Permanente, and in the UK. 

The Northwest Area Foundation has announced the appointments of JOHN FETZER and JENNIFER RACHO as program officers, completing a restructuring of its programs department that began last summer. Fetzer, most recently a program associate on the Bush Foundation's Native Nations team, earlier worked as a legislative aide for former U.S. Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND). Racho most recently worked in program management positions at CAPI USA, a nonprofit that provides direct services to immigrants and refugees in the Twin Cities area, and earlier served as a research and evaluation intern at NWAF. 

The McGregor Fund has announced that chief operating officer KATE LEVIN MARKEL has been promoted to the position of president. Markel has helped shape the fund's grantmaking process for fourteen years, first as a program officer and then, beginning in 2010, as program director. Previously, she was executive assistant to Detroit mayor Dennis Archer and worked as an independent consultant for Detroit community development initiatives. Markel takes the helm at the fund following the death of DAVID CAMPBELL, McGregor's longtime CEO and president, in July 2014.  

The Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation has announced the appointment of STEPHANIE KHURANA as managing director of its Boston office. Khurana, most recently acting executive director of the Tobin Project, has served as a consultant in the nonprofit, technology, and healthcare sectors. Previously, she was one of the founders of Cambridge Technology Partners and was co-founding CEO and director of software provider Surebridge, Inc. Khurana currently serves on the board of the Tobin Project and the President's Council of Cornell Women and is a co-master of Cabot House at Harvard University. 

Science Foundation Arizona has announced the appointment of LINDA MARIE COYLE as director of its education program, in which position she will oversee programmatic investments in STEM education in Arizona. Coyle, an educator for thirty-five years, was named the 2004 Arizona Science Teacher of the Year for her efforts to get K-12 STEM education out of the classroom and into the greater community. She has worked for the foundation since 2011, most recently as manager of education program development, and previously served as K-12 STEM curriculum specialist for the Paradise Valley Unified School District and as coordinator for the district's Center for Research in Engineering, Science and Technology.  

The California Endowment has announced the appointments of MARTA McKENZIE and MINERVA G. CARCAÑO to its board, and the election of JANE GARCIA as board chair and ZAC GUEVARA as vice chair. McKenzie, former director of Health and Human Services for Shasta County and a twenty-five-year veteran of the county's public health department, is currently an independent consultant on county health and human services and other behavioral health integration efforts. Carcaño, the Los Angeles bishop for the United Methodist Church (California-Pacific Conference), has worked as a UMC pastor and administrator since 1978 in a variety of communities in Texas, New Mexico, Northern California, and Oregon. Garcia, CEO of La Clinica de La Raza in the Bay Area, joined the endowment's board in 2010. Guevara, who joined the endowment's board in 2012, is retired after serving as an investment analyst, research director, board member, and executive vice president with Capital International Research, Inc. He also has served on the boards of several community organizations, including MALDEF, Communities in Schools of Los Angeles, KIPP-LA, Para Los Ninos, and the I Have a Dream Foundation – Los Angeles.

The Lumina Foundation has announced the elections of ALISA MILLER and MATTHEW GOLDBERG to its board. Miller, president and CEO of Public Radio International, is the first woman to lead a public radio network and was recently named by Fast Company as one of the Most Influential Women in Technology. Goldberg, head of corporate development at QVC, has served in senior management roles at Lonely Planet, the Wall Street Journal Digital Network, and Bertelsmann.

The Sierra Club has announced the appointment of AARON MAIR as president. Elected to the national Sierra Club board in 2014, Mair, the first African American to helm the 123-year-old organization, is an epidemiological-spatial analyst with the New York State Department of Health and has held more than three dozen leadership positions within the Sierra Club's Hudson Mohawk Group and Atlantic Chapter. Among other victories, Mair's environmental activism helped lead to the shut-down of a solid waste incinerator and a $1.6 million settlement award for the affected community near Albany, New York. He also was a key figure in the Clean Up the Hudson campaign, which resulted in a settlement between the Environmental Protection Agency and General Electric to dredge PCB sediments from the upper Hudson River.

Fidelity Charitable has announced three appointments designed to provided more support for its West Coast service area. They include AMY GROSSMAN as West Coast vice president for the complex asset group; JONATHAN BATISTA as vice president and charitable planning consultant for Southern California and the Southwest; and ELAINE MARTYN as vice president of the nationwide private donor group. Grossman has worked for fifteen years with Credit Suisse, most recently as managing director of its Private Banking USA group. Batista has worked for Fidelity since 2011, most recently as a charitable planning associate and private donor relationship manager. Martyn, most recently vice president of development for the Global Fund for Women, has fifteen years of nonprofit experience centered on family philanthropy, impact investing, international grantmaking, and values-based giving.

In other news, the Brooklyn Museum has announced the appointment of ANNE PASTERNAK as its next Shelby White and Leon Levy Director, the institution's top job, effective September 1. Her appointment marks the first time a woman has been chosen as director of one of New York City's top two encyclopedic art museums (the other is the Metropolitan Museum of Art). Pasternak has served for twenty-one years as president and artistic director of Creative Time, a nonprofit that stages free art exhibitions and performances in New York City, including the iconic "Tribute in Light" each year at the site of the former World Trade Center. Earlier in her career, she was a curator for Real Art Ways in Hartford, Connecticut, and was co-founder and director of BRAT, a New York City nonprofit focused on emerging artists. Pasternak will succeed ARNOLD LEHMAN, who is retiring after eighteen years at the institution's helm.

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