News and analysis
September 16, 2016

New Chiefs at International Women’s Forum and National Dance Institute

Business Wire
Stephanie Matthews O'Keefe is the new CEO of the International Women's Forum.

International Women’s Forum

Stephanie Mathews O’Keefe, a lobbyist for the wireless-communications industry, was named to head the International Women’s Forum, which works to foster female leadership around the world in a variety of fields.

Ms. O’Keefe joins the nonprofit after serving as chief communications officer at CTIA, a trade group representing the wireless industry. She previously held executive positions at the Podesta Group, a Washington, D.C., lobbying firm; the Export-Import Bank of the United States; and Local Initiatives Support Corporation.

ALS Association Greater New York Chapter

Judith Arner Brown, chief development officer at the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, will be chief executive. She succeeds Dorine Gordon, founding president of the ALS Association’s New York branch, who is retiring after leading the organization for 23 years.

Fight for Children

Keith Gordon, chief operating officer at Fight for Children, was appointed the nonprofit’s new chief executive. He succeeds Michela English, who is stepping down in December but will continue to serve on the board.

National Dance Institute

Traci Lester, chief executive of LSA Family Health Service, a human-services agency, was appointed executive director.

Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support

Benjamin Bellegy, program manager for international solidarity at Fondation de France, will be executive director.


Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation since 2003, plans to step down as soon as a successor is named. She is the first woman and the first African-American leader of the health-care-focused grant maker.

Robert Vaughan III, president of Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, plans to retire on June 30. He has led the organization for 43 years.

Other notable appointments:

Carrie Kitchen-Santiago, chief operations officer at Broad Street Ministry, will be executive director of Community Learning Center.

Sloane Keane, director of fund development at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire, was promoted to chief development officer.

Mark Reisbaum, senior director of philanthropic engagement at the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, will be chief philanthropy officer at the Contemporary Jewish Museum.


Howard Butt Jr., former president of the H.E. Butt Foundation and vice chairman of its board, died on September 11. He was 89.

Amy Hagedorn, a Long Island philanthropist whose Amy Hagedorn Foundation became a leading national voice on immigration issues, died on September 8 at age 79.

Send an email to