JENNY POWELL, former chief marketing executive with U.S. Bank in Cincinnati, is joining the Greater Cincinnati Foundation as vice president for marketing and communications, effective September 19. With $533 million in assets, the foundation is one of the largest community foundations in the country and last year distributed $101 million in grants.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York City has announced that HEATHER KIM has joined its staff as director of institutional research. In that position, Kim will assist in the development of major new research initiatives at the foundation, coordinate existing research activities, and expand internal assessment and review capacities. Kim, who has more than twenty years of experience in higher education research, administration, and consulting, will work directly with Mellon Foundation president Earl Lewis and executive vice president Mariët Westermann on the development of the forthcoming Mellon Research Forum and expanded internal assessment and review capacities. She also will advise program staff on designing research studies and developing analytics that address the grantmaking objectives of the foundation. Kim previously served as associate vice president for policy analysis and research and as a member of the President's Cabinet at the University of Wisconsin; as director of institutional research at Dartmouth College; and in positions in the institutional research area at Yale and Cornell, among other institutions of higher education.
The Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation has announced the addition of two new members to its executive leadership team. DEBRA HUMPHREYS, currently a senior vice president at the Association of American Colleges and Universities, will join the foundation on October 24 as vice president of strategic engagement, responsible for leading the foundation's stakeholder engagement and strategic communications work and providing direction for its thought leadership efforts and work on postsecondary education quality. And COURTNEY BROWN, who joined the foundation in 2011, will join the executive team as vice president of strategic impact, responsible for ensuring that the foundation uses data and research to inform and continuously apply lessons to its work and stays focused on the impact of its work on Goal 2025. In addition, the foundation announced the promotion of DANETTE HOWARD to the position of chief strategy officer and senior vice president, and the promotion of HOLLY McKIERNAN to the position of chief operating officer and executive vice president.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has announced the election of KHAN NEDD to its board of directors. Currently the interim chief executive officer of Answer Health, an integrated clinical network of independent physicians in West Michigan, Nedd is also the president and medical director of Infusion Associates, an independently owned infusion center where patients receive intravenous therapies, and serves on several other boards, including Hope Network, the Grand Rapids African American Institute, Key Green Solutions, Hospice of Michigan, and Spectrum Health Hospital. He earned his medical degree from Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine and received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan.
The board of directors of the Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support (WINGS) has announced the appointment of BENJAMIN BELLEGY as the organization’s new executive director, effective October 1. Benjamin, a French national, brings extensive experience in philanthropy and international cooperation to his new position, having previously led programs in the area of philanthropy, sustainable development, and humanitarian aid at the Fondation de France. In making the announcement, WINGS board Maria Chertok also saluted HELENA MONTEIRO, who led the organization for the last five years and transformed it into a sustainable institution with broad membership base and a unique role in supporting the infrastructure for philanthropy globally.
The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York City has announced the appointment of JORGE DANIEL VENECIANO as its next Nanette L. Laitman Director. Veneciano, who most recently served as executive director of New York City's El Museo del Barrio, will succeed GLENN ADAMSON, who stepped down in March 2016.
In other news, officials of the long-delayed Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center have announced the election of BARBRA STREISAND as chairwoman of the board. To be designed by New York architecture firm REX, the center, according to the New York Times, will comprise three small theaters "that can be combined in various configurations to produce and stage theater, dance, music, opera and experimental works, and can serve as a space for the Tribeca Film Festival each spring." In a statement, Streisand said the center would "vibrate with theater, music, dance and film, and bring life to this hallowed ground."