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October 28, 2016

New CEO at Vulcan; Robin Hood Foundation Leader to Step Down

Vulcan, Inc.
Bill Hilf who has held positions at Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, and IBM, will become CEO of Vulcan, the company that manages Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s business and charitable interests.


Bill Hilf will take over as CEO of Vulcan, the Seattle company that manages the business and charitable interests of Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft.

Mr. Hilf, a technology-industry veteran, is currently the senior vice president and general manager for Hewlett-Packard Enterprise’s Cloud business unit and previously held positions at Microsoft and IBM. He will start at Vulcan on December 1.

Paul Allen will continue to serve as chairman of Vulcan. He took on the CEO position in 2014 when his sister Jody Allen stepped down.

Mr. Allen created a new organization in March dedicated to supporting bioscience research, pledging $100 million to the effort over 10 years. In 2015, he was ranked No. 10 on the Philanthropy 50, The Chronicle’s annual list of the most generous donors in America.

Opportunity International U.S.

Atul Tandon, founder and chairman of the Tandon Institute, has been named CEO.

Penn State University

Richard Bundy III, chief executive of the of the University of Vermont Foundation, was appointed vice president for development and alumni relations.

Robin Hood Foundation

David Saltzman, co-founder and executive director of the organization, has resigned, effective December 31.

YouthBuild USA

John Valverde, executive vice president for program operations at the Osborne Association, has been named CEO. He takes over in January for Dorothy Stoneman, the organization’s founder, who is retiring.

CASA of Los Angeles

Wendelyn Nichols-Julien, former executive director of the California Conference for Equality and Justice, was appointed chief executive.

Museum of Jewish Heritage

Michael Glickman, chief of strategic partnerships and university advancement at Long Island University, was named chief executive.

National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

Kristen Sarri, principal deputy assistant secretary for policy, management, and budget for the U.S. Department of Interior, was named chief executive.

New Century Trust

Carey Morgan, director of financial empowerment for the Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment & Opportunity in Philadelphia, will be interim executive director.

Para Los Niños

Drew Furedi, vice president and schools superintendent, was promoted to CEO.

Starlight Children’s Foundation

Christopher Helfrich was named CEO. He joins the fund from the United Nations Foundation, where he is the director of Nothing but Nets, the largest global campaign to fight malaria.

Other notable appointments:

Hugh Asher, managing director at Cedar Capital, will be managing director of the Southern region at Foundation Source.

Martha Farrington, director of legacy giving for the Pacific Symphony, was appointed director of fund development at Age Well Senior Services.

Michael Groat, director of the adult division at the Menninger Clinic, in Houston, will be executive director of CooperRiis Healing Community.

Benjamin Light, chief operating officer at the Gathering Place, will be director of advancement at Laurel School.

Hannah Lownsbrough, a freelance strategist for advocacy campaigns, was named executive director of SumOfUs.

Rachel Oesterle, director of philanthropic initiatives at the Franciscan Renewal Center, was appointed vice president and chief philanthropy officer at the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

Nancy Sackson will be chief philanthropy officer at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. She is the director of development and marketing at the Marine Mammal Center.


Mary Piepenbring, vice president and director of the health-care program at the Duke Endowment, plans to retire at the end of the year. Linwood Hollowell III, associate director of the health-care program, will succeed her.


William Bowen, former president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, died on October 20 in Princeton, N.J. He was 83.

Patricia Hvidston, former senior vice president for development and communications at Catholic Charities USA, died on October 11 in Hovland, Minn. She was 72.

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The caption in a previous version of this article referred to the Microsoft co-founder as Bill Allen instead of Paul Allen.