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September 09, 2016

The Museum of Arts and Design and the Center for Global Development Get New Leaders

Jenna Bascom
Jorge Daniel Veneciano is switching Manhattan museums, leaving El Museo del Barrio to become director of the Museum of Arts and Design.

Museum of Arts and Design

Jorge Daniel Veneciano was appointed director. He succeeds Glenn Adamson, who stepped down in March.

Mr. Veneciano joins the New York institution, known as MAD, from El Museo del Barrio, where he has been executive director for two years. He previously led the Sheldon Museum of Art in Lincoln, Neb., and worked as a curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem.

He starts at MAD on October 3, the beginning of the museum’s 60th anniversary year.

Center for Global Development

Masood Ahmed, director of the Middle East and Central Asia department at the International Monetary Fund, was named president. He succeeds founding President Nancy Birdsall, who is stepping down after 15 years. She will stay with the organization as a senior fellow.

Chester County Fund for Women and Girls

Michelle Legaspi Sanchez, director of programs, was promoted to executive director.

Other notable appointments:

Tina Levy Friedman, former director of development and women’s philanthropy for the Jewish Federation of Palm Springs and Desert Area, will be chief development officer for the San Diego Opera.

Diana Ellis, former director of resource development for the Baltimore-area chapter of the Salvation Army, will be vice president for advancement at Humanim.

Monique Hanson, chief development officer for NPR, will be director of development for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois.


Robert Kingston, a senior associate at the Kettering Foundation, died on August 20 in New York. He was 87. Mr. Kingston served as executive director of Public Agenda, an arm of the foundation that focuses on public-opinion research and public engagement.

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