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July 14, 2017

Capitol Hill Veteran Joins Feeding America; Sloan Foundation Gets New Leader

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Kate Leone, a longtime aide to Senate Democrats, is joining Feeding America as senior vice president of government relations.

Feeding America

Kate Leone has been named senior vice president of government relations at Feeding America. She will start July 17 at the hunger-relief organization, which has been gearing up to battle federal budget cuts.

Ms. Leone is a Capitol Hill veteran who most recently served as general counsel to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a New Hampshire Democrat. Before that, she spent 12 years as chief health counsel to former Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Adam Falk, president for seven years of Williams College, has been named the foundation’s new president.

Public Welfare Foundation

Candice Jones, senior adviser at Chicago CRED, which aims to reduce gun violence, will serve as the foundation’s next president.

American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Doug Seserman, who for 15 years has been president and chief executive officer of JEWISHcolorado, will become CEO of the Israeli university’s U.S. fundraising affiliate in October. He replaces Doron Krakow, who left in March to become head of the JCC Association of North America.

American Horticultural Society

Beth Tuttle, who recently stepped down from the leadership of DataArts, will be president and CEO of the society, beginning October 30.

Kosair Charities

Keith Inman, vice president for advancement at the University of Louisville, will take over as Kosair’s president in August. Randy Coe is retiring from the post after 21 years.

Partnership for a Healthier America

Nancy Roman has been named president and CEO of the nonprofit. She is leaving the same role at Capital Area Food Bank.

Social Venture Partners Seattle

Solynn McCurdy, who formerly oversaw the social-responsibility initiative at Premera Blue Cross, has been named chief executive officer.

More foundation moves:

Lisa Hamilton has been named executive vice president and chief program officer of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, where she formerly served as vice president of external affairs.

The once low-key Barr Foundation continues to staff up. SueEllen Kroll, director of grants and strategic partnership at the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, will be the fund’s new arts and creativity program officer. Kate Dobin, currently vice president at the strategy consulting firm Parthenon-EY, will be a senior program officer in Barr’s education program.

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation’s criminal-justice program announced three new officers. Jeremy Travis, president since 2004 of the City University of New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice, will join the grant maker as senior vice president of criminal justice. Amy Solomon, former director of policy for the Office of Justice Programs at the U.S. Department of Justice, will be vice president of criminal-justice policy. Kristin Bechtel, managing associate at the Crime & Justice Institute at Community Resources for Justice, will join the foundation as director of criminal-justice research.

Other notable appointments:

Shelley Binder has been named major-gifts campaign director for the Metropolitan New York Region and Westchester at Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America. Previously she ran her own fundraising-consulting company.

Deeohn Ferris has been appointed vice president for equity, diversity, and inclusion at the National Audubon Society. She is the founder and president of the Sustainable Community Development Group.

Michelle Covington will become chief advancement officer of the Sonoma County Family YMCA.

Sean Kramer has been hired as senior vice president and chief development officer of the National Parkinson's Foundation. He was previously director of business development at the insurance company Jones Lowry.

Jennifer Norris is the new chief development officer of the Appalachian Mountain Club; previously she served in the same role at the St. Boniface Haiti Foundation.

Jamie Sullivan will serve as chief development officer for United Friends of Children. She recently served as vice president of external affairs at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.


Delilah Rumburg, CEO of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, will retire after 23 years at the helm.  

Fran Weisberg, president and chief executive officer of the United Way of Greater Rochester, will retire on December 31.


Richard Oman, a lawyer who helped guide the Columbus Foundation from 1955 to 2005, first as a board member and then as legal counsel, died on June 28 in Massachusetts. He was 91.

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