September 18, 2015

New Top Fundraiser at the Vera Institute of Justice

Vera Institute of Justice
Jordan Kessler, new director of development for the Vera Institute of Justice

Vera Institute of Justice

Jordan Kessler will take over as director of development. Mr. Kessler was the New York director of major gifts at the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental advocacy group. He previously helped launch the Stax Museum of American Soul Music and was director of Internet monitoring at the Anti-Defamation League.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Jennifer Barlament, general manager at the Cleveland Orchestra, was appointed executive director.


Michael Rubinger, president and chief executive, has announced plans to step down in June.

Los Angeles Master Chorale

Jean Davidson, former chief executive director of New York Live Arts, was appointed president.

Melanoma Research Alliance

Robin Davisson, director of graduate studies in molecular and integrative physiology and professor of molecular physiology at Cornell University, was named president.

Mission Investors Exchange

Matt Onek, former senior adviser at the Walton Family Foundation and the Helmsley Charitable Trust, was appointed chief executive officer.

New York City Anti-Violence Project

Beverly Tillery, deputy director of education and public affairs at Lambda Legal, was appointed executive director.

SEED Foundation

Lesley Poole, former director of outreach, will be chief executive officer.

United Way for Southeastern Michigan

Herman Gray, executive vice president for pediatric health services at Detroit Medical Center, will be chief executive officer.

Other Notable Changes

Debbie-Ann Anderson, former executive vice president at United Way of Greater Union County, was named executive director of HomeFirst.

R. Brian Elderton, vice president for university advancement at La Salle University, will be vice president for development at BrightFocus Foundation.

Donna Gallup, chief executive officer of Lamp Community, will be chief executive officer of American Family Housing.

Dan Hanley, former director of development and public affairs at Urban Peak, will be director of development and communications at CASA of Los Angeles.

Basil Hero, vice president for marketing and communications at Asia Society, was named executive director of Positive Directions.

Virgil Jones Jr., president of LINK Unlimited, will be chief executive officer of Bottom Line.

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