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April 24, 2015

People in Philanthropy: New CEO at Asian-American Grant-Makers Group

After 10 years as the president and chief executive of the Center for Cultural Innovation in Los Angeles, Cora Mirikitani was named executive director and president of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy.

Cora Mirikitani
Ms. Mirikitani tripled the Center for Cultural Innovation’s budget and led new programs funded by the James Irvine Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. She will take over at AAPIP in May, when Peggy Saika steps down.

Other notable recent staffing changes:

American Jewish World Service: Rona Peligal, formerly deputy director for Africa at Human Rights Watch, is now vice president for development.

Pulitzer Arts Foundation: Cara Starke, currently director of exhibitions at Creative Time, will start as director in July.

Grosse Pointe War Memorial Association: Ann Rock is leaving the University of Michigan Williams L. Clements Library, where she was the first director of development, to serve as the new vice president for institutional advancement.

Balboa Park Conservancy: Thomas Herrera-Mishler, formerly of Olmsted Parks Conservancy, will take over as executive director and chief executive July 1.

Center for Progressive Reform: Robert R.M. Verchick was appointed president, starting May 1. He is an environmental law professor at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, faculty director of Loyola’s Center for Environmental Law, and senior fellow in disaster resilience leadership at Tulane University.

Museum of the City of New York: Susan Henshaw Jones is stepping down after 12 years as director.

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