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May 19, 2017

Brown U. and Shedd Aquarium Get New Top Fundraisers

Brown University
Sergio M. Gonzalez, Senior Vice President for University Advancement and External Affairs, Brown University.

Brown University

Veteran University of Miami fundraiser Sergio Gonzalez has been appointed senior vice president for advancement at Brown, where he will help manage a $3-billion capital campaign. He will take over from Patricia Watson, who was appointed vice president for strategic advancement initiatives.

Mr. Gonzalez, whose daughter will soon graduate from Brown, will take up his new post August 1. During a 16-year tenure at Miami, where he currently serves as senior vice president for university advancement and external affairs, he successfully ran two fundraising campaigns that together raised more than $3 billion.

Adventure Science Center Nashville

Steve Hinkley was named chief executive. He previously held the same post at Moxi, the Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation.

Building Impact

Bridget Akinc, a senior lecturer on marketing and entrepreneurship at Boston College’s Carroll School of Management, has been named chief executive.

Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association

Amy Gray, senior vice president for constituent and community relations at the National Parkinson Foundation, was appointed chief executive.


Howard Pfeffer will succeed H. David Lambert as chief executive of the nonprofit network, which focuses on research on education technology. Mr. Pfeffer, who will start on June 12, is currently senior vice president for the broadband-technology group at Time Warner Cable.

University of Montana Foundation

Cindy Williams, who has served as interim president and chief executive since February, was appointed permanently to the roles. She was previously the foundation’s vice president for development.

William G. and Marie Selby Foundation

Carol Butera, vice president for development at Children First, was appointed executive director.

Other notable appointments at nonprofits:

Brad Kelsheimer, senior vice president for finance and administration at DePauw University, was named chief financial officer at the Lumina Foundation.

Elena Quevedo, director of advancement and planned giving at the New York City Ballet, was appointed senior vice president for advancement at the New Jewish Home.

Gina Rodriguez, chief advancement officer at the Francis W. Parker School in Chicago, will become the Shedd Aquarium’s first chief development officer.

Lynn Taliento, a partner at McKinsey & Company and head of its social-sector practice, was named chief program officer at the Obama Foundation.

Lyndsay Werking, former managing director of the American Lyric Theater, will become director of development at the American Composers Orchestra.

Personnel moves at companies that serve nonprofits:

Andre Banks, an independent consultant, was appointed executive vice president for the social-impact and philanthropy practice at BerlinRosen, a public-relations and strategic-communications firm. He succeeds Ben Wyskida, who was named chief executive of Fenton, a PR agency.

Catherine Brown, president of the John Wayne Cancer Foundation, was appointed vice president for the West Coast at Vetted Solutions, an executive-search firm.


Rev. William Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP, will step down in June. He plans to join the leadership of the New Poor People’s Campaign, which is mounting a movement for economic equality and racial, social, and environmental justice to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s Poor People Campaign of 1967 and ’68.

Joan Malin, who has served as chief executive of Planned Parenthood of New York City for 17 years, will step down in July.

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