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September 15, 2017

Helene Gayle to Lead Chicago Community Trust; Former CDC Head to Helm Global-Health Startup

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Helene Gayle, the new chief executive of Chicago Community Trust — the first woman to hold that post — has been CEO of the McKinsey Social Initiative and of CARE USA.

Chicago Community Trust

Helene Gayle, chief executive of the McKinsey Social Initiative, has been named the new CEO – the first woman to lead the community foundation in its 102-year history. The trust reported $2.5 billion in assets in 2016. She will succeed Terry Mazany, who will step down at the end of September.

Before working at the nonprofit group founded by McKinsey & Company, which aims to develop innovative solutions to social problems, Dr. Gayle served as president and chief executive of CARE USA.

Open Society Foundations

Patrick Gaspard, the former U.S. ambassador to South Africa and senior adviser to President Obama, was selected as acting president of the billionaire George Soros’s philanthropy in New York. Mr. Gaspard joined the foundations in January as vice president for programs; he will take over at the beginning of 2018 after the departure of current president Christopher Stone.


Tom Frieden, former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has taken the helm of this new global health effort. Backed by $225 million in support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Resolve aims to help poorer countries better prepare for epidemics and reduce the number of deaths from heart attacks and strokes worldwide.

More new CEOs:

Yoon S. Choi, chief strategy officer and interim president at Spark, a tutoring organization for low-income high-school students, will become chief executive of CollegeSpring. Ms. Choi will succeed the organization’s founding CEO Garrett Neiman.

Beth Correa, senior vice president for community affairs and quality at Flagstar Bank, will become president of its new corporate foundation, which will support arts and culture, community and economic development, and financial literacy.

Donna Haghighat, formerly principal at the Collabyrinth Collective, a consulting firm for nonprofits and small businesses, is the new CEO of the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts.

Steve McMullin, associate professor emeritus of human dimensions of fisheries and wildlife in Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment, has been named president of the American Fisheries Society.

Danielle Minelli Pagnotta has become executive director of Providence House, a New York social-service organization. Ms. Pagnotta joins the charity following 12 years with the New York City Department of Homeless Services, most recently as deputy commissioner of street homeless solutions. She succeeds Sister Janet Kinney, who has retired after 19 years at the helm.

Mark Stone, CEO of NephCure Kidney International, has been named president and chief executive officer of the FSH Society, which supports research and patients with facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy. He succeeds co-founder and CEO Dan Perez, who will remain with the organization as chief science officer.

Other notable appointments:

David Chambers has been named vice president for development at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, effective October 23. Mr. Chambers has been serving as chief development officer of the Houston Symphony Orchestra since 2011.

Janet Haven, director of programs and strategy at Data & Society Research Institute, has been promoted to be its first executive director. Before joining the group in 2016, Ms. Haven spent 12 years at the Open Society Foundations, where she was the associate director of the Information Program, overseeing grants to organizations working on issues of technology, human rights, and privacy.

Margaret Pomeroy Hunt, senior vice president and chief revenue officer at New York Public Radio, has been appointed chief development officer of the Shed Arts Center. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave the new organization $75 million in May toward its $500 million capital campaign to become the first arts center in New York to commission, produce, and present all types of performing arts, visual arts, and popular culture. It is scheduled to open in the spring of 2019.

Rick Kruger, director of the Midwest region at American Friends of Tel Aviv University, has been named director of development for the Midwest region at Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America.

Cari Palmer Lord, director of development and advancement at Bridgewell of Danvers, has been appointed chief advancement officer for Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts.

Jennifer Psaki, former White House communications director for President Obama, has been appointed vice president for communications and strategy at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Cynthia Tisher has been hired as chief financial officer at the Rural Alaska Community Action Program. She previously served as director of finance at the Alaska Conservation Foundation.


Randy Evetts, senior program officer at the Packard Foundation Fund for Pueblo, a donor-advised fund at the Caring for Colorado Foundation, announced he will resign at the end of September.

Liz Hamburg, leader of the Taproot Foundation for the past four years, announced plans to step down. Sarah Mankowski, board co-chair of Taproot, which connects volunteers with pro bono projects at nonprofits, will be interim CEO. Ms. Hamburg said in a statement that in the immediate future she would be working with social entrepreneurs through Upstart Ventures.

Wells B. Jones, chief executive of the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind and America’s VetDogs, plans to retire in January. He became CEO of the Guide Dog Foundation in 1989 and has led America’s VetDogs since 2006.


Jerome W. Gottesman, a Newark, N.J., real-estate developer and philanthropist, died September 10 in Israel. He was 87. Mr. Gottesman was a patron of Jewish education in New Jersey, having given a $15 million challenge gift to the Hebrew Academy of Morris County in 2014 and $10 million the following year to keep tuition flat at four Jewish day schools in the state.

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