July 31, 2015

WNET Appoints Top Fundraiser; New Leader at Coney Island USA

Claude Johnson will manage WNET's fundraising efforts, including membership and national and local underwriting.


Claude Johnson, associate vice president for alumni affairs and development at Cornell University, was appointed vice president for development and communications. He will manage the WNET fundraising efforts, including membership and national and local underwriting.

AIDS Emergency Fund and the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund

Sandra Nathan, vice president for grants and loans at the Marin Community Foundation, was appointed executive director.

Coney Island USA

Earl Lawrence Tucker, an arts-management consultant, was appointed executive director.


Margaret Laws, director of Innovations for the Underserved and the CHCF Health Innovation Fund at the California HealthCare Foundation, was named chief executive. She takes over from Pat Christen, who will join the Omidyar Group as managing director.

Jewish Federation & Family Services

Lauren Gavshon, director of clinical services, was named interim president.

Still Harbor

Rev. Cyra Perry Dougherty, director of the Institute for Spiritual Formation & Society, was promoted to executive director.

UJA-Federation of New York

Graham Cannon, chief global marketing officer at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, will be chief marketing officer.

Other Notable Changes:

Michelle Chandler, manager of annual giving and development at Zoo New England, will be director of development at HomeStart.

Randall Hitt, chief advancement officer for Community Link, will be director of philanthropy at the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte.

Tricia King, pro-vice-master for strategic engagement and director of external relations at Birkbeck, University of London, was appointed vice president for international operations at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Rodney North, spokesman and public-relations manager at Equal Exchange, will be director of marketing and external relations at Fairtrade America.

Ellie Starr, vice dean of external relations for the T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University, was named senior vice president for advancement at the Museum of Science, Boston.

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