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April 01, 2016

Arts Education Partnership and Pencil Get New Leaders

Courtesy Arts Education Partnership
Jane Best has been named head of the Arts Education Partnership,which works to give young people exposure to arts and culture.

Arts Education Partnership

Jane Best, chief development officer at My Student Survey, was named director of the Arts Education Partnership, a national coalition of arts, business, education, government, and philanthropic organizations.

The Arts Education Partnership, works to give young people exposure to arts and culture. The partnership was established in 1995 by the National Endowment of the Arts and the U.S. Department of Education and receives most of its support from those agencies.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago

Mimi LeClair, vice president for advancement at Mercy Home for Boys & Girls in Chicago, was appointed chief executive.

Edward Hopper House Art Center

Jennifer Patton, director of education at the Hudson River Museum, was appointed executive director.


Gregg Betheil, the nonprofit’s chief program officer, was promoted to president. He will succeed the current president, David Weiner, who is leaving to serve as principal of the American School of Madrid.

Students Run Philly Style

Andrew Kucer, vice president for external affairs at Better Tomorrows, will be executive director.

Wounded Warrior Project

Charlie Fletcher, an army veteran and a member of the organization’s advisory council, was named interim chief operating officer.

Other notable appointments:

Donald Jones, executive vice president for institutional advancement at New England Conservatory, was appointed vice president for institutional advancement at Roosevelt University.

Jolie Logan, former chief executive of Darkness to Light, will be chief development officer at Wings for Kids, a nonprofit afterschool program that helps children develop social and emotional skills.

Tara Morris, senior vice president for development at Friends of the High Line, was appointed chief development officer at the Shed, formerly Culture Shed, an arts center in New York City.


Laura Trudeau, managing director of the Detroit Program at the Kresge Foundation, will retire in December 2017 after working at the organization for the past 15 years.


Joseph Mandel, co-founder of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation, died on March 22 in Palm Beach, Fla. He was 102.

Peter Stanford, founder of the South Street Seaport Museum in Manhattan, died on March 24. He was 89.

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