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July 01, 2016

New CEOs at Greater New Orleans and National Park Foundations

Robert Warren

Andrew Kopplin, CEO and president of the Greater New Orleans Foundation.

Greater New Orleans Foundation

Andrew Kopplin, first deputy mayor and chief administrative officer of New Orleans, was appointed chief executive of the Greater New Orleans Foundation. He will replace Albert Ruesga, who has announced plans to work as a consultant.

Mr. Kopplin has worked for the City of New Orleans for six years. Previously, he was executive vice president for growth strategy and development and senior adviser to the chief executive at Teach for America.

Mr. Ruesga has led the $318 million foundation since 2009. During his tenure it launched GiveNOLA Day, a 24-hour online fundraising campaign, and gave nearly $29 million to groups in southeastern Louisiana, focusing on post-Hurricane Katrina recovery, affordable housing, and raising environment awareness.

The foundation is currently constructing a new Center for Philanthropy, which will house its offices and provide space for local nonprofits.

International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators

Susan Riseling, associate vice chancellor and chief of police at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, will be executive director.

Others notable appointments:

Lise Aangeenbrug, executive director of the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund, has been appointed executive vice president at the National Park Foundation.

David Wilkins, development director at Western Rivers Conservancy and Oregon Wild, was appointed director of development at Connecticut Fund for the Environment and its Save the Sound program.


Virginia Edwards will step down as president of Editorial Projects in Education and editor-in-chief of Education Week on July 31.

Sylvia Yee, vice president for programs at the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, will leave at the end of August. She has worked at the fund for 23 years.


James (Jim) Edwards II, former executive director of the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University, died on June 27. He was 51.

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