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January 27, 2017

Arcus Foundation and Smithsonian American Art Museum Get New Leaders

Arcus Foundation

Jason McGill (left) and Annette Lanjouw of the Arcus Foundation.

Arcus Foundation

Annette Lanjouw and Jason McGill were appointed co-executive directors of the Arcus Foundation, which supports LGBT rights, social justice, and great-apes conservation. They will take over from Kevin Jennings, who has left after leading Arcus since 2012.

Ms. Lanjouw will also continue in her current position as vice president for the great-apes program and strategic efforts at Arcus. She has worked at the foundation for 10 years and was previously international program officer at the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. Mr. McGill will also continue to serve as vice president for the social-justice program. He was previously vice president for member services at Philanthropy New York.

Israel Cancer Research Fund International

Rob Densen was appointed president. He is the founder and chief executive of Tiller, a strategic-marketing company that works with corporations and nonprofits. Previously, he was senior vice president and director of corporate affairs at OppenheimerFunds.

Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis

Jason Grisell, vice president for programs, was promoted to chief executive.

Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies

Reuben Rotman was named chief executive of the newly formed organization comprising the Association of Jewish Family and Children’s Agencies and the International Association of Jewish Vocational Services. Mr. Rotman was previously executive director of Jewish Family Service of MetroWest New Jersey.

NY Funders Alliance

Corinne Ribble, president of the Literacy Funders Network, was appointed executive director.

Parkinson’s Foundation

John Lehr was appointed chief executive. He was president of Orr Associates, a consulting firm for nonprofits.

San Antonio Area Foundation

Rebecca Brune, senior vice president for strategic planning and growth at Methodist Healthcare Ministries, will be president and chief operating officer. Dennis Noll, formerly president and chief executive, will continue to serve as CEO.

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Stephanie Stebich, executive director of Tacoma Art Museum, in Wash., will be director. She will start in April.

Other notable appointments

Cynthia Davis, chief development officer at Family Matters of Greater Washington, was appointed vice president for external affairs at Melwood, a nonprofit that helps people with disabilities get jobs.

Matthew DeCamara, vice president for corporate relations at United Way Worldwide, has joined SeriousFun Children’s Network as its chief development officer.

David Hampton II, senior vice president for development at ALS Association, will serve as chief development officer at March of Dimes.

Julie Lima, vice president for development at Cradles to Crayons, was appointed senior vice president and chief development officer at YMCA of Greater Boston.

Lynn Murphey, vice president and market leader for middle Georgia at Cox Communications, will be the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s program director for Macon, Ga.

Jennifer Riley-Collins, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Mississippi chapter, was named vice president for advocacy at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law.


Bobbie Barker, executive vice president for community investments at St. David’s Foundation, plans to step down in the spring.

Matthew VanBesien, formerly president of the New York Philharmonic, will be president of the University Musical Society at the University of Michigan. He will start his new position in July.

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