The Surdna Foundation in New York City has announced the appointment of SHUAIB SIDDIQUI as director of mission-related investing. In that role, Siddiqui, an investment professional whose work has focused on addressing global poverty, will manage Surdna's nascent impact investing program and lead ongoing efforts to understand how the foundation could align its investment policies and practices with its mission. He joins the foundation from Acumen, a venture capital fund for social entrepreneurs, where he oversaw that organization’s global investing process, management of its global investment committee, and portfolio management.
The Boston-based Barr Foundation has announced the appointment of LISA JACOBSON as program officer for climate. In that role, Jacobson, currently a senior associate at Nelson\Nygaard, a transportation planning firm, will focus on the foundation's newly-released mobility strategies, which aim to reduce transportation-related emissions in the greater Boston area.
The Poetry Foundation has announced the appointment of WILLARD BUNN III, Managing Director, Colonnade Advisors, as its new chair and the appointment of two new board members – CAREN CROLAND YANIS, president, Crown Family Philanthropies, and KARY McILWAIN, marketing vice president at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) has announced the appointment of STEVEN M. PAUL, M.D., as board chair. Paul, president and CRO at Voyager Therapeutics and a partner at Third Rock Ventures, will succeed CHARLES A. SANDERS, M.D., who has served as chair since 1997 and will remain a member of the board. FNIH also announced the election of THOMAS R. INSEL, M.D., and PAUL STOFFELS, M.D., as new board members.
The National Audubon Society has announced the appointment of A. CARY BROWN and LILI TATLOR to its board of directors. An artist and social entrepreneur, Brown presides over her family's foundation, the Fiddlehead Fund, and is a fifth-generation shareholder of Brown-Forman, her family's international spirits and wine company. Taylor, an Emmy-nominated stage and screen actress, currently serves on the board of the American Birding Association.
Columbia University has announced the appointment of JAMEEL JAFFER as founding director of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, which was created last month by the university with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. In his new role, Jaffer, currently deputy legal director at the ACLU and one of the nation's leading Freedom of Information Act attorneys, will lead the institute's efforts to address a range of significant and emerging First Amendment issues, including electronic surveillance by government; privacy rights on digital platforms; the overall freedom of Internet platforms and the rights and responsibilities of the corporate actors who own those platforms; public access to government records; secrecy obligations imposed on technology companies; and the prosecution of government whistleblowers.
In other news, PND notes the passing of JAMES (Jim) EDWARDS II, former executive director of the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University. Edwards joined the Johnson Center as director of its Community Research Institute in 2009 and also held the roles of assistant professor and director of field education in the school of social work at Grand Valley. He served as executive director of the Johnson Center from 2011 to 2013 and in that position worked to integrate the various components of the center into a cohesive whole. "Jim was a dynamic and engaged researcher who truly understood the positive potential that the Johnson Center could have on the philanthropic community. This positive thinking was truly representative of Jim's orientation to his work and his life," said Kyle Caldwell, executive director of the Johnson Center. "His commitment and positive energy are reflected in the courageous way that Jim dealt with the tragic illness that befell him that caused him to leave the university to focus on his health and family."