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June 17, 2016

Wounded Warrior and Local Initiatives Support Corporation Get New Leaders

Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect
Steven Goldstein, the new head of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect.

Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect

Civil rights activist Steven Goldstein was named executive director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, formerly the Anne Frank Center USA. The organization changed its name to reflect its wider mission to tackle contemporary issues.

Mr. Goldstein was most recently an associate professor of law and political science at Rutgers University. Before that, he led Garden State Equality, an LGBT advocacy group he founded in New Jersey in 2004. Under his leadership, the organization gained 150,000 members and won more than 200 civil suits; he stepped down in 2013, when New Jersey won marriage equality.

One of the civil suits he led was featured in a 2007 Oscar-winning short documentary and a 2015 feature film, both called "Freeheld." In the latter, Mr. Goldstein was played by the comedian Steve Carell.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation has named Maurice Jones, currently Virginia’s Secretary of Commerce and Trade, to be its next president and chief operating officer.

Mr. Jones will replace Michael Rubinger, who has led the organization since 1999. Mr. Rubinger announced last September he planned to step down. Mr. Jones will begin on September 6.

LISC, which receives corporate, government, and philanthropic support, last year invested $1.3 billion in affordable-housing and community-development projects. Mr. Jones will be the 36-year-old organization’s first African-American leader.

Rockefeller Foundation

Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation, plans to step down. Ms. Rodin is the first female president of the foundation, which she has led for 11 years.

Common Cause

Karen Hobert Flynn, senior vice president for strategy and programs, was promoted to president of Common Cause.

Girl Scouts of the USA

Anna Maria Chávez, chief executive, will step down on June 30. Sylvia Acevedo, a member of the organization’s Board of Directors and a presidential commissioner for the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanics, will serve as interim chief executive.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Alice Rodd O’Rourke, former national vice president for fundraising at the American Red Cross, was appointed chief development officer.

Walton Family Foundation

Kyle Peterson, a managing partner at FSG (formerly Foundation Strategy Group), a nonprofit consulting firm, was appointed executive director.

Wounded Warrior Project

Michael Linnington, director of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, was named chief executive officer.

Other notable departures:

Susan Mostek has stepped down as executive director of the Chester County Fund for Women and Girls.

Other notable appointments:

The Tourette Association of America has hired three new development staff members: Amanda Talty, senior major-gift officer at the American Red Cross on Long Island, was appointed vice president for development; Karon Campbell Williams, annual-fund manager at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology, was named director of development; and Michelle Gutmann, special events manager at the association, was promoted to director of special events.

Raya Elias-Petros, regional director of principal gifts at Sutter Health and campaign manager and senior gift officer at Palo Alto Medical Foundation, will be chief development officer at Palo Alto Medical Foundation.

Gina Lagomarsino, chief operating officer at Results for Development Institute, was promoted to chief executive.

Allison McBee Dawson, associate vice president for institutional advancement and executive director of major gifts at Austin College, was promoted to vice president for institutional advancement.

Eric Weingartner, managing director at the Robin Hood Foundation, was named chief executive of University Settlement, the Door, and Broome Street Academy, an affiliation of organizations.


Marjorie Switow Fisher, founder of the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation, died on June 12 in Palm Beach, Fla. She was 92.

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