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May 13, 2016

Hudson-Webber Foundation and Creative Capital Get New Leaders

David Lewinski
Melanca Clark.

Hudson-Webber Foundation

Melanca Clark, chief of staff for the Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, was named chief executive. The Detroit grant maker supports revitalization, economic development, public safety, and the arts in its hometown. It held $169.4 million in assets in 2014, the last year for which figures are available, and gave more than $8 million in grants that year.

A graduate of Harvard Law School, Ms. Clark has held other senior positions in the Obama administration, working on programs related to overhauling policing practices, legal aid for homeowners facing foreclosure, and juvenile justice. She begins her new job in August.

Creative Capital

Susan Delvalle, director of the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, was named executive director.


Kristy Arnold, director of case management for the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative, was named executive director.

World Animal Protection

Steve McIvor, acting chief executive and former global director of programs, was promoted to chief executive.

YMCA of Greater Des Moines

Dave Schwartz, president of the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce, will be chief executive.

Other notable appointments:

Dennis Chamberland, principal of Chamberland Consulting, will be vice president of development at Alzheimer’s Orange County in California.

Bob Cochran, senior partner at McKeon Group, was appointed director of development at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute.

David Fox, deputy regional director of the Northeast region for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, was appointed chief development officer at the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County.

James Jermier, director of collegiate development at the University of Northern Iowa, was named vice president for development at Luther College.

Leah Ray, senior vice president for development at Feeding America, will be senior vice president for resource development at the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago.

Craig Rocklin, former director of advancement and alumni relations for the School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs at George Mason University, was appointed director of development at the Open Society Institute-Baltimore.

Amber Withycombe, director of development for LaunchCode, a St. Louis nonprofit that works with companies to provide technology apprenticeships, will be director of institutional giving for the Saint Louis Art Museum.

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