Heising-Simons Foundation Selects New CEO
Also, ActBlue has named its next leader, and John King Jr., president of the Education Trust, has left to become chancellor of the State University of New York system.
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Sushma Raman will become president and CEO of the $866 million foundation at the end of February. Currently she is the executive director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.
She will succeed Deanna Gomby, who has retired.
Regina Wallace-Jones, chief operating officer at LendStreet Financial, will be the next CEO and president of this organization that offers online fundraising assistance to progressive nonprofits and other entities. She is a former member of the city council of East Palo Alto, Calif., and served as the city’s mayor from 2019 until 2020.
Wallace-Jones succeeds Erin Hill, who has departed after leading the organization for 14 years.
National Institute for African American Health
Stacey Easterling, vice president of programs at the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, will be the first leader of this new organization that aims to increase the number of Black physicians and improve health care and outcomes for African Americans.
Debbie Dyson, president of national account services at ADP, has been hired as president and chief operating officer.
She reports to Maurice Jones, who is the CEO of this group that creates high-paying career pathways at Fortune 500 companies for Black people without bachelor’s degrees.
More New CEOs
Maggie Bruns, director of cultural strategies at the League of Conservation Voters, has been hired as executive director of the Prairie Rivers Network.
Charles Burke, president and CEO of the War Memorial Association, has been appointed president and CEO of the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. He succeeds David Hooker, who has retired after 16 years there.
Jayanthi Daniel, executive management officer at the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, has been named executive director of the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation.
Juan José Escalante, executive director of the National Dance Institute, has been hired as executive director at the Miami City Ballet.
Alice Hom, director of equity and social justice at Northern California Grantmakers, will become executive director of Change Philanthropy on March 13.
Vince Sales has been promoted from senior fund-development consultant to the CEO of Everyday Impact Consulting. He succeeds its founder and principal, Elaine Abelaye-Mateo, who will remain with the social-justice consulting firm as founding director.
Jenny Curtin has been promoted to director of the foundation’s education program, where she will oversee $40.5 million in annual grant making. Most recently, she was senior program officer for its Catalyze New Models strategy.
In addition, John Travis and Natasha Ushomirsky have been hired as senior program officers for the education program. Travis most recently was principal of the Ohrenberger School. Ushomirsky has been state director for Massachusetts at the Education Trust since 2019.
Other Notable Appointments
Kelly Dowling, assistant vice president for advancement at Stony Brook University, has been named senior vice president for philanthropy and alumni engagement at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Jonathan Fansmith has been promoted from assistant vice president of government relations to senior vice president of government relations at the American Council on Education. He succeeds Terry Hartle, who is retiring after nearly three decades at the education group.
Erin Goodman was promoted from program officer to senior program officer at the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust.
Trey Jones, executive director of corporation and foundation relations at West Virginia State University, has been promoted to assistant vice president for university advancement and vice president for the university’s foundation.
Joe Manok, senior director of philanthropic partnerships in the Office of Resource Development at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is now vice president for university advancement at Clark University.
Christy Maraone has been appointed vice president of marketing and corporate affairs at HCA Healthcare’s Gulf Coast Division. Previously she was chief communications and marketing officer at the Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America.
Wendy Parsons, vice president for advancement at Albright College, has joined Holy Family University as vice president for advancement.
Rashawn Ray will join the American Institutes for Research next month to become vice president and managing director of the AIR Equity Initiative. He is currently a professor of sociology at the University of Maryland at College Park.
Zohra Zori is now chief marketing and engagement officer at Alight, the organization that was previously known as the American Refugee Committee. Most recently she was vice president of influence at Candid.
Sally Jo Fifer will step down as CEO of the Independent Television Service once a successor has been named. She has led the organization since 2001.
Barry Grove, executive producer at the Manhattan Theatre Club for 48 years, will depart the nonprofit theater group on June 30.
John King Jr., president of the Education Trust and a former U.S. Department of Education secretary, has left to become chancellor of the State University of New York system. In April 2021, he began a leave of absence to run for governor of Maryland.
David Schmitz has resigned after two years as executive director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which is restructuring. Amanda Brandes will also depart as director of development in mid-February. Nataki Garrett, artistic director, will serve as interim executive artistic director and will oversee artistic, development, and marketing programs. Anyania Muse, managing director of idea people, culture, and operations, will step up as interim chief operating officer.
Calvin Cafritz, who has served as president and CEO of the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation since 1989, died on January 12 at age 91. He was the eldest son of the Washington real-estate mogul Morris Cafritz, who started the $776 million foundation with his wife, Gwendolyn, in 1948.
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