January 19, 2017

Daily News Roundup: Ex-Clinton Foundation Leader Joins Tech Mogul Schmidt’s Philanthropy

Former Clinton Foundation CEO to Head Alphabet Boss’s Giving Vehicle: Eric Braverman, who left the Clinton charity in 2015 after 18 months at the helm, will take charge of the philanthropic arm of the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Group, Silicon Valley Business Journal reports. Mr. Schmidt is executive chairman of Alphabet, the parent company of Google.

Betsy DeVos Pins Link to Alleged Anti-LGBT Giving on “Clerical Error”: The education secretary-designate testified at her confirmation hearing that she was mistakenly listed in 17 years of tax filings as vice president of her parents’ Edgar & Elsa Prince Foundation and had no role in its giving, which has included millions of dollars to a conservative group that supported “conversion therapy” for gays and lesbians. Read a Chronicle profile of Betsy DeVos.

Director Puts Stamp on L.A. Museum Amid $600 Million Campaign: The New York Times looks at Michael Govan’s unconventional decade-long stewardship of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as the institution nears the halfway mark on its fundraising drive for an ambitious and controversial reconstruction project.
D.C.-Area Girl Scouts Under Fire for Inauguration Participation: Some former scouts said the organization’s Nation’s Capital council, which has sent a contingent to march in the inaugural parade for more than a century, should eschew Donald Trump’s swearing-in due to his comments on groping women and Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s opposition to abortion rights, The Washington Post writes. Read a Chronicle article about the post-inaugural Women's March on Washington.

Goldman Prize-Winning Green Activist Gunned Down in Mexico: The murder of Isidro Baldenegro was the second in less than a year of a Latin American recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize, which annually honors grass-roots advocacy on green issues, the Associated Press writes. Hundreds of activists on land issues have been slain in Latin America since 2010.

$20 Million Gift Backs New U. of Houston Arts College: The new home of the university’s visual- and performing-arts programs will be named for Kathrine McGovern, a former campus art and design student and president of the John P. McGovern Foundation, which made the donation, the Houston Chronicle reports.