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June 16, 2017

Tenement Museum and New York Academy of Medicine Get New Leaders

Tenement Museum

Kevin Jennings, former executive director of the Arcus Foundation, is moving to New York’s Tenement Museum, where he will serve as president.

Tenement Museum

Kevin Jennings, former executive director of the Arcus Foundation, was named president of the museum. He will replace Morris Vogel, who has announced plans to retire this summer after nine years at the institution.

The museum, founded in 1988 on New York’s Lower East Side, receives about 250,000 visitors a year and recently completed a $20 million capital campaign.

Mr. Jennings, who led Arcus for five years, is a former history teacher who founded the advocacy group GLSEN, which works to end discrimination and bullying based on sexual orientation and gender identity. He also served in President Obama’s education department.

Audubon Louisiana

Karen Profita has joined the conservation nonprofit as executive director and will also serve as vice president for the National Audubon Society. Ms. Profita was most recently executive director of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board, which operates under the office of the state’s lieutenant governor.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Daniel Weiss was confirmed as the New York institution’s chief executive. He has been serving as interim leader since February, when Thomas Campbell announced his intention to step down as director and CEO.

New York Academy of Medicine

Judith Salerno, who stepped down in November as chief executive of breast-cancer charity Susan G. Komen, will join the academy as president on September 5.

Other notable appointments

Vanessa Briggs will become CEO of the Brandywine Health Foundation on July 17. She is currently vice president for community health at Holy Cross Health.

William Matt, former chief financial officer for the Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen fast-food chain, has joined Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth as CEO.

Jason Shanks, chief executive of Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan, was appointed president of the Our Sunday Visitor Institute. He will start on July 31.


Douglas Blonsky announced that he will step down as chief executive of the Central Park Conservancy as soon as a successor is named. Mr. Blonsky has been with the nonprofit for 32 years and served as its top officer for 13 years. He plans to move into an advisory role on the conservancy’s Board of Trustees.

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