News and analysis
January 29, 2016

New Leaders for Feed the Children and New York State Health Foundation

Feed the Children
J.C. Watts, new head of Feed the Children.

Feed the Children

J.C. Watts Jr., a former member of Congress, was named chief executive of Feed the Children.

Mr. Watts is the founder and chairman of Watts Partners, a lobbying group. He was elected to the U.S. Congress from the fourth district of Oklahoma in 1994 and was elected to serve as chairman of the Republican Conference in 1998. He will retain his position at Watts Partners.

Feed the Children was previously led by Kevin Hagan, who left in February 2015 to head the American Diabetes Association. Mr. Hagan, who joined the charity in 2012, helped to improve its integrity after it was rocked by several scandals involving its leadership.

Athenaeum of Philadelphia

Peter Conn, professor emeritus of English and education at the University of Pennsylvania, was appointed executive director.

Bideawee

Dolores Swirin-Yao, former vice president for institutional advancement and executive director of the foundation at York College of the City University of New York, was named chief executive.

Children’s Cause for Cancer Advocacy

George Dahlman, executive vice president for federal relations and operations at the National Patient Advocate Foundation, will be chief executive.

Jewish Vocational Services Los Angeles

Alan Levey, vice president for philanthropy at City of Hope, was appointed chief executive.

National Center for Higher Education Management Systems

Sally Johnstone, vice president at the Western Governors University, will be president.

New York State Health Foundation

David Sandman, senior vice president, was promoted to president.

Perkins School for the Blind

Michael Delaney, former director of the humanitarian division at Oxfam, was named executive director of Perkins International.

Scholars Strategy Network

Avi Green, director of communications, was promoted to executive director.

Senior Source

Cortney Nicolato, former senior adviser and director of new business initiatives at National Center of the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association, will be chief executive.

Other notable changes:

Glenn Adamson, director of the Museum of Arts and Design, will step down on March 31.

Kerry Kruckel, executive director of the Els for Autism Foundation, will be director of development at Oxbridge Academy.

William Nelson, vice president for corporate citizenship and president of the foundation at CHS, will retire on March 1.

Hadar Susskind, director of Bend the Arc Jewish Action and the Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC, was appointed vice president for public policy at the Council on Foundations.

Bill Waldman, chief executive of Island Conservation, will retire.

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