Carl Helstrom has been promoted to associate executive director of the JM Foundation and the Milbank Foundation for Rehabilitation. He had been serving as senior program officer at both foundations.
The Gill Foundation announced that it is losing the woman who was its first employee. Katherine Pease joined the foundation, which funds organizations nationwide serving gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered individuals, in 1995 as its sole employee. Since then its staff has grown to 40 and its operating budget has grown to $18.5 million. Ms. Pease says that she is leaving the foundation to “pursue personal goals that I’ve put off while helping to build the foundation.” The foundation has now begun the search for a replacement.
Second Lady Lynne V. Cheney is returning to the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). She had taken a leave of absence from AEI, where she has served as W.H. Brady Scholar and as a senior fellow, to help her husband’s campaign for the vice presidency. She will continue to work on her forthcoming book, Schoolthink: The Ideas That Are Undermining American Education and What We Can Do About Them.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has a new executive vice president. Sylvia Mathews had been deputy director of the Office of Management Budget (OMB) in the Clinton Administration, and before that served as Deputy Chief of Staff to President Clinton. Prior to that she served as Chief of Staff to former Secretary of the Treasury Bob Rubin. She starts at the foundation in April. In the meantime, according to The Washington Post, she plans to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro.
The Warner Foundation of Durham, North Carolina has announced a number of staff appointments: W. Billie Burney as program director; Liana Humphrey as administrative director; and Athan L. Lindsay as program director.
Ted Turner’s United Nations Foundation has appointed Ambassador Hisashi Owada to its board of directors. Ambassador Owada, currently president of the Japan Institute of International Affairs, served as Japan’s permanent representative to the United Nations from 1994 to 1998.
The Reason Foundation of Los Angeles, California has named Marlo Lewis director of external relations. Mr. Lewis was staff director of the House Government Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on National Economic Growth, Natural Resources, and Regulatory Affairs.
Russell M. Robinson II has been elected to serve as the chairman of the board of The Duke Endowment. He succeeds Mary D. B. T. Semans, who has headed the Endowment board since 1982 and will now be chairman emeritus.
Grantmakers in the Arts has a new slate of officers. Marian Godfrey from the Pew Charitable Trusts has been elected president, while Suzanne Sato from the AT&T Foundation will be vice president, Ed Jones from J.P. Morgan will be secretary, and Ellen Alberding from the Joyce Foundation will be treasurer.
New York’s William T. Grant Foundation has named Bob Granger senior vice president for program. Mr. Granger was senior vice president at the Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation and is also a member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Successful Pathways through Middle Childhood.
George Soros’s Open Society Institute announced two new appointments. Maria Teresa Rojas will be associate director of communications for U.S. programs and Kathleen Smith will be a media officer.
The Rockefeller Foundation has named Raymund A. Paredes director of the foundation’s Creativity and Culture Program. Mr. Paredes was associate vice chancellor of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The foundation also announced that it has appointed Donna J. Dean as treasurer and chief investment officer. The foundation has an endowment of $3.6 billion.
The Delaware Community Foundation in Wilmington, Delaware announced that its founding executive director, Collis O. Townsend, is resigning effective June 30 after 13 years at the foundation.
There have been a number of staff appointments at the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation. Alex Beehler is the new program officer for environment, taking over responsibilities in that area from Kameran Bailey, who left to join the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He had previously served as staff director of the Environmental Management Councils at the Manufacturers Alliance. Sonya Hough, who previously worked at Nortel Networks, has also joined the foundation as a program assistant.
The Connelly Foundation has elected Andrew J. Bozzelli and Andrew P. Willis to its board of trustees.
Olivia P. (Libby) Maynard has been elected to the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation’s board of trustees. A regent at the University of Michigan, she is also president of Michigan Prospect for Renewed Citizenship.
The California Endowment has appointed a new program officer. Barbara Webster will be responsible for programs in the Northern California region.
The Freedom Forum has named Kathryn Kennedy senior vice president of partnerships and initiatives, and named Beth Tuttle senior vice president for communications for the Freedom Forum and for its affiliate the Newseum.
The Philanthropy Roundtable is pleased to announce that Justin Torres will join the staff as managing editor of Philanthropy. Mr. Torres comes to the Roundtable with experience as both a reporter and editor.
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