News and analysis
February 12, 2016

New CEOs at the Jericho Project and the Utah Symphony

Ari Gaitanis, UNMEER

Anthony Banbury, new chief philanthropy officer at Vulcan

Jean Case, chief executive of the Case Foundation, was named chair of the National Geographic Society’s Board of Trustees. Ms. Case has served on the board since 2010. She led its Nominating and Governance Committee and was co-chair of the search committee that helped hire Gary Knell as the National Geographic’s president in 2013.

Before she helped found the Case Foundation, which supports efforts to tackle global issues, she was a senior executive at AOL, the company her husband, Steve Case, co-founded.


Anthony Banbury, assistant secretary-general for field support for the United Nations, will be chief philanthropy officer.

Capital Research Center

Scott Walker, executive vice president, was promoted to president.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Erin O’Shea, chief scientific officer, will be president.

Jericho Project

Tori Lyon, executive director, was promoted to chief executive.

Learning through an Expanded Arts Program

Richard Souto, chief operating officer at Harlem RBI and the Dream Charter School, was named executive director.

National Book Foundation

Lisa Lucas, publisher of Guernica, will be executive director.

Tourette Association of America

John Miller, former chief executive of the American Red Cross on Long Island, will be chief executive.

Utah Symphony and Utah Opera

Paul Meecham, chief executive of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, was named chief executive.

Other notable changes:

Jonathan Boiskin, former chief development officer at the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, was named chief development officer at the Birthright Israel Foundation.

Ann Boyd-Stewart, former assistant vice president for medical advancement at Stony Brook Medicine, was appointed assistant dean of development and alumni relations for the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy ay Indiana University.

Anthony Escobar, major gifts officer for the Northeast Corridor Program at Cornell University, was appointed executive director for development at WNET.

Michael Tiknis, president of the Harris Theater, will step down in December.

Brad Ward, chief executive of the Dubois County Community Foundation, will be director of community philanthropy at the Council on Foundations.

Septime Webre, artistic director at the Washington Ballet, will step down in June.

Jalone White-Newsome, former director of federal policy at West Harlem Environmental Action, was appointed senior program officer for the environment program at the Kresge Foundation.


Shari Berenbach, chief executive of the U.S. African Development Foundation, died on February 7. She was 64.

Judy Miller, former vice president and director of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, died on February 9.

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