People in the News (7/19/15): Appointments, Departures, Obituaries

People in the News (7/19/15): Appointments, Departures, Obituaries

The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation has announced the appointments of PAUL PASTOREK and GREGORY McGINITY as co-executive directors of its education team, and the departure of BRUCE REED, its president. Pastorek, an attorney, served most recently as chief administrative officer, chief counsel, and corporate secretary for telecommunications company EADS North America. From 2007-11, Pastorek was state superintendent of Louisiana's department of education, the top job in the department, and before that served as general counsel of NASA. After serving as a senior education policy consultant to the California State Board of Education and as a legislative liaison at the U.S. department of Education, McGinty joined the foundation in 2003, serving most recently as its senior managing director. Reed, a thirty-year veteran of policy and public service, became the foundation's first president in 2013. He will continue to serve the foundation as a consultant and senior advisor through August 31 and will remain on its board even as he devotes more time to a wide range of domestic issues as well as his lifelong interests of writing and politics.

The Christensen Fund has announced the appointment of SANJAY KABIR BAVIKATTE as executive director, effective later this year. Bavikatte, currently a postdoctoral fellow at United Nations University, is an environmental lawyer and a pioneer in the development and application of the Biocultural Community Protocols. In addition, he has acted as legal advisor to several African countries, India, Bhutan, Micronesia, and Palau on developing environmental law and policy with a focus on community rights. "Every institution needs to face cycles of renewal and growth," said outgoing executive director KENNETH WILSON, who pioneered Christensen's approach to social movement grantmaking in support of biocultural diversity and has led the foundation for the past thirteen years. "In Sanjay, I believe Christensen has found someone passionately rooted in how our biocultural mission is grounded in people's lives and a creative strategist with real experience in how to buttress local struggles for a more just, bountiful, and resilient planet."

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has announced the planned departure of ROBERT J. BEALL, its president and CEO, effective December 31. He will be succeeded by PRESTON W. CAMPBELL, currently the foundation's executive vice president for medical affairs, a position he has held since 1998. Beall has worked for the foundation for thirty-five years and has served as its chief executive for twenty-one years. Campbell, a pediatric pulmonologist, has worked at the foundation alongside Beall for nearly two decades in senior management roles in research and drug discovery and development. Earlier, he was director of the Vanderbilt University Cystic Fibrosis Care Center.

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has announced the appointment of STEPHEN C. NEAL as board chair. Neal, who has served on the foundation's board since 2006, is chair of the global law firm Cooley LLP and also serves on the boards of Levi Strauss & Co. and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. He will succeed WALTER B. HEWETT, who has served as the foundation's interim board chair since January, when HARVEY FINEBERG started work as president of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Both Fineberg and Hewlett, who earlier served as the foundation's board chair for nearly twenty years, will remain on the board.

Children Now has announced the hire of JIM KEDDY as vice president. Keddy comes to the organization from the California Endowment, where he has worked since 2009, most recently as vice president and chief learning officer and earlier as director of the Healthy Communities, North program. Previously, he was state director of the faith-based community organizing network PICO California. As a member of the endowment's leadership team, Keddy was recognized for his expertise in the areas of learning, strategic planning, organizational development, and youth and adult organizing. "Jim has an exceptional track record of meaningfully engaging communities and running successful grassroots policy campaigns on issues critical to kids' well-being," said Children Now president Ted Lempert.

The Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York has announced the appointment of SHARON STAPEL as president and executive director, effective October 19. Stapel, currently executive director of the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, previously worked with South Brooklyn Legal Services, the Legal Aid Society, and the Street Law Project of the National Lawyers Guild. She also has been named a White House Champion of Change and was recognized by President Obama for her advocacy work. Stapel will replace MICHAEL E. CLARK, who has led the organization for ten years and plans to step down on September 30 to pursue part-time opportunities that will allow him to continue to contribute his experience and expertise to the nonprofit sector. 

The California African American Museum in Los Angeles has announced the appointment of GEORGE DAVIS as executive director. Davis, founder of digital distribution consultancy Davis Broadband Group, has acted as the museum's interim executive director for three months and previously served on its board via state appointment. He began a career in broadcasting in Seattle and Los Angeles, and later he was a senior executive at Sony Pictures Entertainment and Technicolor. Davis also served recently as volunteer state president of California AARP and has held positions on the boards of the California State Bar Board of Governors and New Directions, an organization that works to support veterans and their families. He will replace CHARMAINE JEFFERSON, who has led the museum for eleven years.

In other news, PND notes the passing of HENRY WOODS ("Woody") BOWMAN on July 10. Bowman, 73, was an award-winning nonprofit researcher and author and professor emeritus in the DePaul University School of Public Service in Chicago. He also held positions in state and local government for many years, including chief financial officer of Cook County and appropriations committee chair for the Illinois General Assembly. In addition, he briefly served as interim president and CEO on a pro bono basis for Goodwill Industries of Metropolitan Chicago. Prior to holding elected office, Bowman was a research economist for the Federal Reserve Bank, taught economics at the University of Illinois-Chicago, and served on the boards of several institutions, including ARNOVA, the Illinois Governor's Taxpayer Action Board, and the Civic Federation's Cook County Modernization Committee.

"Paul Pastorek Joins the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation." Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation Press Release 07/17/2015. "The Christensen Fund Announces Next Executive Director." Christensen Fund Press Release 07/09/2015. "California Endowment VP Joins Children Now’s Leadership." Children Now Press Release 07/13/2015. "Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Announces Leadership Transition." Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Press Release 07/13/2015. "Stephen C. Neal Named Board Chair of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation." William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Press Release 07/15/2015. "California African American Museum Appoints George Davis Executive Director." California African American Museum Press Release 07/10/2015. "Sharon Stapel is NEW NPCC President, Replacing Michael Clark." Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York Press Release 07/16/2015. "Woods Bowman Killed in Car Crash." NonProfit Times 07/14/2015.