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May 27, 2016

Ex-Mayor to Lead Minneapolis Foundation; YouthBuild Founder to Retire

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R.T. Rybak, former Minneapolis mayor and new head of the Minneapolis Foundation.

Minneapolis Foundation

R.T. Rybak, a former mayor of Minneapolis, was appointed chief executive. He will succeed Sandra Vargas, who is retiring after leading the foundation for almost 10 years.

Mr. Rybak is currently executive director of Generation Next, a nonprofit that works to close the achievement gap. He was elected mayor in 2001 and served three terms, leaving office at the end of 2013. He was credited with leading efforts to improve economic development, affordable housing, and transportation during his tenure at City Hall, and he launched the STEP-UP summer jobs program for youth.

Mr. Rybak serves on the Minneapolis Foundation board and will take the helm July 1. The foundation is ranked at No. 275 on The Chronicle’s most recent Philanthropy 400 list of U.S. charities that raise the most private support. In the 2015 fiscal year, it distributed $80 million in grants.

Barr Foundation

Roger Nozaki, senior policy adviser in the Office of the Under Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education, will join the Barr Foundation in the new position of vice president.

Prior to joining the Education Department, Mr. Nozaki held posts at the Hitachi and GE foundations and was associate dean of Brown University’s College for Community and Global Engagement. At Barr he will oversee the Boston-based grant maker’s program, learning and evaluation, and operations activities,

Council on Foundations

Floyd Mills, North America director of diversity and inclusion at law firm Baker & McKenzie, was named vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion at the Council on Foundations. The role is newly created.


David Fisher, president of the Birthright Israel Foundation, will step down at the end of this year.

Beth Parke, executive director of the Society of Environmental Journalists, will step down in 2017.

Dorothy Stoneman, founder and chief executive of YouthBuild USA, will retire in January.

Other notable appointments:

Joseph Bruno, former commissioner of the New York City Office of Emergency Management, was appointed chief executive of Helen Keller Services.

Carter Hatch, associate investment specialist at J.P. Morgan Private Bank in Palo Alto, Calif., will be planned giving officer for donor services and development at the Columbus Foundation.

John Irons, managing director of global markets at the Rockefeller Foundation, was appointed director of inclusive economies at the Ford Foundation.

Amy Kwas, former executive director of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Indiana, was appointed vice president for development at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

Adam Neal, assistant vice president for university advancement at West Virginia State University, will be vice president for university advancement at Ohio Dominican University.

Angelique Power, program director of the culture program at the Joyce Foundation, will be president of the Field Foundation of Illinois.

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Note: This article has been revised to correct the mission of Generation Next, which works to close the education achievement gap, not to help millennials find jobs.