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March 11, 2016

Starbucks Executive to Lead My Brother’s Keeper Alliance

Blair Taylor, the Starbucks exec who will lead My Brother's Keeper Alliance.

My Brother’s Keeper Alliance

Blair Taylor, chief community officer at Starbucks and president of the Starbucks Foundation Board of Directors, was named chief executive of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, a nonprofit that seeks to improve the lives of boys and young men of color.

Mr. Taylor will join the alliance in April. He has managed Starbucks’ community investments and programs since 2012. Before that, he was chief executive of the Los Angeles Urban League and held executive positions at College Summit and COI/ICD, a retail franchise company that operates in the United States and the Caribbean and serves low-income communities

The My Brother’s Keeper Alliance was created last year to continue the work of President Obama’s program of the same name, which received more than $300 million in support from corporations and foundations.

Coastal Enterprises

Betsy Biemann, project director in the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, was named chief executive.

Friends of the United Nations Population Fund

Melissa Kuklin, officer in charge and director of development, was promoted to executive director.


Meri-Margaret Deoudes, vice president for strategic alliances, cause marketing, and corporate relations for the March of Dimes, was appointed chief executive.

Level Playing Field Institute

Eli Kennedy, senior vice president at Redbird Advanced Learning, was named chief executive.

Urban Land Institute

Kathleen Carey, executive vice president and chief content officer at the Urban Land Institute, was promoted to chief executive of the nonprofit’s philanthropic arm, the ULI Foundation.

Other notable changes:

Susan Beckmann, former consultant at Infinity Pharmaceuticals, was named executive director of investments at the Charity Defense Council, and Jason Lynch, a development officer at the Alzheimer’s Association’ Massachusetts and New Hampshire chapter, was appointed the council’s director of mobilization.

Branwen Cale, former national executive director of the Friends of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies in Israel, was appointed North America director of the Abraham Fund.

Janlori Goldman, lecturer in law at Columbia University, will be director of institutional advancement and senior strategic adviser at the Center for Community Change.

Laurie Grant, assistant vice president for development and alumni engagement for Widener University’s Delaware Law School and Commonwealth Law School, was appointed director of institutional advancement at the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association.

Ruth McFarlane, director of programs at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, will be director of development and community engagement at the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

Ann Monroe, founding president of the Health Foundation for Western & Central New York, will retire in December.

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