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April 21, 2017

GreenLight Fund Hires Detroit Leader; New Grammy Museum Group Names Head

Greenlight Fund
Rishi Moudgil, formerly of the University of Michigan, will oversee Greenlight Fund’s expansion into Detroit.

GreenLight Fund

Rishi Moudgil was named founding executive director of the GreenLight Fund’s new branch in Detroit.

The Boston-based nonprofit helps other charities grow by importing them into cities where their programs and services can help combat problems in needy areas. GreenLight, which was already active in Boston, Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Cincinnati, announced plans last year to expand to a fifth location. It has raised $3.5 million from investors such as the Kresge Foundation and the McGregor Fund to support operations at the Detroit branch over its first five years.

Mr. Moudgil founded and served as managing director of the Center for Social Impact at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. He previously headed the university’s Nonprofit and Public Management Center.

Skoll Foundation

Sally Osberg, who led the foundation for 16 years, announced plans to step down. Once her successor is on the job, she will become senior adviser to the organization’s founder, Jeff Skoll, former president of eBay, and his Jeff Skoll Group of companies.

Grammy Museum Foundation

Scott Goldman, who served as vice president for the Grammy Foundation and MusiCares, was appointed executive director of the new foundation, created by a merger of the Grammy Museum and the Grammy Foundation. Bob Santelli, executive director of the Grammy Museum, was named founding executive director of the new entity.

University of Vermont Foundation

Shane Jacobson, vice president for development and alumni relations at Grinnell College, was named CEO.

Other notable appointments

Matthew Bellew, business-development and program-development manager at Goodwill Industries of Arkansas, was appointed director of development and outreach at Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters USA.

The Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan has hired Ryan Hoyle as its chief development officer and Linda Makris as its chief financial officer. Mr. Hoyle was vice president for business development and talent acquisition at the consulting firm GalaxE Solutions, and Ms. Makris was chief financial specialist at Financial One Accounting.

Sonja Mason-Vidal, senior accountant at the National Audubon Society, will become vice president for finance and administration at the Tourette Association of America.

Kevin Miller, senior director of planned and major giving for the Midwest at Shriners Hospitals for Children, will serve as chief development officer at the Great Rivers Greenway Foundation.


Gregory Long, chief executive of the New York Botanical Garden, will step down on June 30, 2018. He will have led the institution for 29 years.

Kathleen Odne, who has served as executive director of the Dean & Margaret Lesher Foundation for 22 years, will depart this June.

Lisa Paulsen is stepping down as president of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, which she has led for 27 years. She will take up a new role focused on fundraising and talent relations for the Hollywood charity, which organizes the annual Stand Up to Cancer telethon.


Eugene Lang, who founded the "I Have a Dream" Foundation, which helps students from low-income communities to go to college, died on April 8 at age 98.

Mr. Lang started the Refac Technology Development Corporation, a manufacturing and technology-transfer company. He appeared on The Chronicle’s Philanthropy 50 list in 2012 for a $50-million pledge to his alma mater, Swarthmore College.

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