ClimateWorks Foundation Selects New CEO; Ford Foundation Promotes Sarita Gupta to Lead U.S. Programs
Also, People for the American Way named the mayor of Ithaca, N.Y., as its executive director, and the Pew Charitable Trusts has chosen its next vice president for partnerships.
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Helen Mountford, vice president for climate and economics at the World Resources Institute, has been selected as the next president and CEO of the $244 million foundation.
Sarita Gupta has been promoted from director of the Future of Work(ers) program to vice president for U.S. programs.
She succeeds Maria Torres-Springer, who will now serve as New York City’s deputy mayor for economic and workforce development.
People for the American Way
Svante Myrick, who has served as mayor of Ithaca, N.Y., for 10 years, will now become executive director of the progressive advocacy organization. He previously served as the part-time executive director of the People For Foundation.
Myrick will work alongside Ben Jealous, who is continuing as president and CEO.
Pew Charitable Trusts
Maryam Henson, associate vice president for central development at George Washington University, has been appointed vice president for partnerships, where she will oversee the nonprofit group’s fundraising strategy.
More New CEOs
Nicole Austin-Hillery will start in February as president and CEO of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. Currently she is executive director of the U.S. program at Human Rights Watch.
Judith Black has become president and CEO of the Blues Foundation. Most recently she was director of external affairs at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. She also co-founded the Tarik Black Foundation, where she previously served as its president.
Rui Costa, CEO of the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute at Columbia University, has been tapped as president and CEO of the Allen Institute.
David Harrison, interim executive director of Fusion since September and vice president of its Board of Directors since 2017, has been hired as executive director. He succeeds Robin O’Grady, who began leading the housing-assistance group in Federal Way, Wash., in 2019.
Karen Kelly will become CEO of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer in the spring. Currently she is a professor of medicine and associate director for clinical research at the University of California at Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.
James Leventhal, interim director of the Museum of the African Diaspora, has been appointed executive director of the San José Institute of Contemporary Art.
Joshua Graham Lynn, co-founder and president of RepresentUs, has been promoted to CEO. He succeeds his fellow co-founder, Josh Silver, who will stay on as executive chairman.
Marilyn Simon-Gersuk, associate executive director at the American Friends of the Hebrew University, has been named executive director of Domestic Violence Solutions.
Lymaris Albors has been promoted from chief operating officer and executive vice president to CEO. She succeeds Raul Russi, who will remain in a leadership role as president.
In addition, Luis Trinchet has joined the social-services group as chief housing officer after serving as secretary of the Puerto Rico Department of Housing.
Jessica Sessions will also join the organization as population-health director. Most recently she was director of pediatrics at the William F. Ryan Community Health Center.
Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
The foundation in Atlanta has hired two new managing directors.
Daniel Shoy Jr., president and CEO of the East Lake Foundation in Atlanta, will join as managing director of youth development, starting February 14.
Elizabeth Brown will serve as managing director of mental health and well-being, effective March 14. Currently she is president and CEO of the Community Foundation Sonoma County.
Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation
The $1.3 billion foundation in Detroit has announced five program personnel moves.
Susan Dundon has been promoted from senior program officer to director of young adults and working families.
Paul Riser, director at TechTown Detroit, has been named senior program officer.
Kari Pardoe, program officer at the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and Misha Stallworth West, deputy CEO at CitizenDetroit, have been hired as program officers.
Amber Slichta has been promoted from vice president of programs to vice president of programs and learning.
Other Notable Appointments
Yolanda (Yoli) Alovor has been named vice president of external affairs and equity, diversity, and inclusion at the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Most recently she was chief of staff and vice president of diversity and belonging at Rosemont College.
Gina Carithers, founder and CEO of Digital Science Press, has joined the Prostate Cancer Foundation as chief communications officer following the merger of the two groups.
Jocelyn Ferguson, senior director of philanthropy at City of Hope, has joined the Huntington Medical Research Institutes as chief development officer.
Lissy Garrison has been named vice chancellor for advancement at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Previously she was assistant vice chancellor for development at the University of Denver.
Hermione Gilpin has been tapped as chief advancement officer at the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. Most recently she was vice president of institutional advancement and planning at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.
Lisa Gurwitch, CEO and president of Delivering Good, will join the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee as its chief advancement officer on March 1.
Leslie Negritto has been named chief financial officer at the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County. She joins the museums from the Claremont Graduate University, where she was most recently vice president and chief operating officer.
Kate Philips-Barrasso will join Mercy Corps on February 14 as vice president of global policy and advocacy. Since 2017, she has served as the director of humanitarian policy at InterAction.
Lauren Rush will join the Lilly Endowment as a program director for education in February. Most recently she was senior vice president of administration and alignment at the Mind Trust. (The Lilly Endowment is a financial supporter of the Chronicle.)
Ivan Blumberg has stepped down after 15 years as CEO of Athletes for Hope.
Kimberly Bryant, CEO and co-founder of Black Girls Code, has been suspended indefinitely while the nonprofit group’s Board of Directors investigates accusations of workplace impropriety. Sofia Mohammed, vice president of programming, will step in as interim CEO.
Earl (Skip) Cooper II has retired as president and CEO of the Black Business Association. He worked there for 46 years. Sarah Harris, publisher of Suite Life SoCal magazine, will serve as interim president until a successor has been named.
Michelle DePass, CEO of the Meyer Memorial Trust since 2018, will depart in February.
William Gorham, president emeritus of the Urban Institute, died on December 28 at age 91. He served as the think tank’s first president, from 1968 until 2000.
Sandra Jaffe, who co-founded Preservation Hall in New Orleans, died on December 27. She was 83. She and her late husband, Allan Jaffe, established the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in 1963, which led to the creation of this nonprofit group that features a performing-arts venue, jazz education programs, support for elderly jazz musicians, and archival materials about the history of jazz music.
William (Tex) Moncrief Jr., a billionaire oilman and philanthropist in Texas, died on December 29 at age 101. Among his major gifts were $100 million to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center to support the Moncrief Cancer Institute and establish a new campus that was named for him and his father. He also gave $18 million in 2009 to his alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin, to create an endowment for simulation-based engineering sciences in the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences.
Franklin Thomas, who served as president of the Ford Foundation from 1979 to 1996, died on December 22 at the age of 87. He was the first Black leader of any major grant maker.
Timothy Ubben, an investor who gave millions for education and health in Chicago and Florida, died of pulmonary fibrosis on December 13. He was 84. Ubben was the founder and a chairman of Lincoln Capital Management in Chicago. In 2014, he and his son, Jeff Ubben, pledged $50 million to support the endowment of the Posse Foundation, a program he helped create to enroll low-income, minority youth at top colleges and universities. He also gave extensively to DePauw University, his alma mater, including a $20 million pledge in 2013 for financial aid. The day before he died, Ubben gave $5 million to the University of South Florida Foundation for research to detect and prevent severe lung scarring caused by pulmonary fibrosis.
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