Gates Foundation Names 3 Executives to Replace Its Retiring Chief Operating Officer
Plus, the Whitney Museum of American Art has a new director, and a former U.S. representative from Michigan will now lead Spill the Honey, a group that examines the shared history of Black and Jewish communities in the United States.
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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Connie Collingsworth, chief operating officer and chief legal officer, is retiring after 21 years at the $55 billion foundation.
Shana Tarbell will succeed Collingsworth as chief operating officer. She has worked at the foundation since 2015, most recently as chief security officer.
Lauren Bright, co-general counsel and director of its Washington, D.C., office, has been promoted to chief legal officer.
Sonia Vora, interim chief human resources officer since last year, will continue in that role permanently. She was previously its director of talent.
Spill the Honey
Brenda Lawrence, a former U.S. representative from Michigan, will serve as the next executive director of this organization that shares the history of alliances between the African American and Jewish communities in the United States.
Lawrence retired in 2022 after eight years in Congress, during which time she founded the Congressional Caucus on Black and Jewish Relations.
Whitney Museum of American Art
Scott Rothkopf, senior deputy director and chief curator, will be promoted to director on November 1.
He will succeed Adam Weinberg, who will depart at the end of his current contract on October 31.
More New CEOs
Mafalda Duarte, CEO of the Climate Investment Funds, has been tapped as executive director of the Green Climate Fund.
David (D.J.) Hampton II, founder of ALoDay Consulting, will become president and CEO of Trident United Way on April 17.
Michael McMahan has been hired as CEO of the Southwestern Medical Foundation. Most recently he was vice president of corporate planning and development at the George W. Bush Presidential Center.
Caitlin Murray, director of archives and programs at the Judd Foundation, will become executive director of the Chinati Foundation/La Fundación Chinati in May.
Anne-Marie Russell has been appointed executive director and CEO of the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Fla. Russell joined the museum in September as interim executive director; prior to that, she was the founding executive director of Architecture Sarasota.
San José Museum of Art
The museum in California has announced three senior hires.
Niamh Pommerenke, a senior consultant at SeaBright HR, has joined the museum as chief people and culture officer.
Lauren Schell Dickens has been promoted from senior curator to chief curator.
Jennifer Sime has been appointed chief philanthropy officer. Previously she worked at the University of California at Berkeley as director of individual giving and special events for Cal Performances.
Other Notable Appointments
Susan Can, a marketing consultant and former senior director of global marketing at Johnson & Johnson, has been appointed senior vice president of global marketing at Operation Smile.
Catherine Dun Rappaport, senior vice president of learning and impact management at BlueHub Capital, is now vice president for impact advisory at Social Finance, where she will help develop a new impact-first investment fund for positive social and environmental outcomes. She will work alongside Stephen Vicinelli, who has also been hired as vice president for impact investments. He was previously deputy chief investment officer at TIFF Investment Management.
Kelly Harvey will join the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens as chief advancement officer, effective April 24. Currently she is director of development and external affairs at the University of Florida’s Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art.
Barbara Mulkey has joined the fundraising consulting firm BrightDot as senior growth and development strategist. She retired in 2021 as executive director of North Carolina State University’s General Hugh Shelton Leadership Center.
Rabiah Mayas has been promoted from vice president of education to chief partnerships officer at the Museum of Science and Industry.
Kevin Noller has been promoted from associate vice president for major gifts at Villanova University to vice president for university advancement.
Jenn Stringer, associate vice chancellor for information technology and chief information officer at the University of California at Berkeley, will be the next vice president and chief digital officer at the J. Paul Getty Trust.
Wilhelmina Waldman, executive director of Well/Beings, has been appointed philanthropic officer at the American Friends of the Hebrew University’s northeast region. She will be based in New York.
Corinne Cannon plans to step down as executive director of the Greater D.C. Diaper Bank in May. She founded the group for families in need in 2009.
Christopher Finan will retire as executive director of the National Coalition Against Censorship this summer. He has led the organization since 2017.
William Cotter, who served as the first president of the Oak Foundation from 2000 until his retirement in 2005, died on his birthday on March 9 at age 87. He also established the Oak Institute for Human Rights at Colby College, where he was president for 21 years.
Mel Zuckerman, the founder of the luxury wellness resorts Canyon Ranch in Arizona and Massachusetts and a longtime donor to health causes, died on March 18. He was 94. With his wife, Zuckerman gave $10 million in 1997 to endow the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and continued supporting the school with an additional $10 million in the years since. The couple also gave $8 million to the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona in 2005 to support health and fitness in the region.
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