John Templeton Foundation Hires New Vice President of Programs
Also, the Pew Charitable Trusts names its first vice president of inclusion, diversity, and equity.
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John Templeton Foundation
John Bare has been hired as vice president of programs, overseeing the $3.3 billion foundation’s human sciences, character development, and individual freedom and free markets departments.
Most recently he was senior vice president at the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and disruptor-in-residence at Babson College.
Pew Charitable Trusts
Makeba Clay will be the $887 million nonprofit group’s first vice president of inclusion, diversity, and equity, effective October 18. She will also lead diversity efforts at the Pew Research Center.
Clay previously served as the inaugural chief diversity officer at the Phillips Collection.
Rancho Santa Fe Foundation
Chris Sichel, president and CEO of Make-a-Wish San Diego, has been named president and CEO of the community fund in California.
He succeeds Christy Wilson, who is retiring in October after 24 years at the helm of the $155 million foundation.
More New CEOs
Patricia Wilson Aden has been appointed president and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, beginning in January. Currently she serves as president and CEO of the Blues Foundation in Memphis.
Kercena Dozier has been appointed executive director of the Children’s Defense Fund state office in New York. Most recently she was chief of staff for former State Senator Brian Benjamin of New York.
Sameer Gadkaree, senior program officer for education and economic mobility at the Joyce Foundation, has been hired as president and CEO of the Institute for College Access and Success.
Chris Osentowski, chief development officer at HCA Houston Healthcare’s Gulf Coast Division, has been appointed CEO of the HCA Houston Healthcare Medical Center. Also, Brad Pollard has joined HCA Houston Healthcare as vice president of business development. Previously he was vice president of development for Regent Surgical Health in Chicago.
Jody Rudin, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Project Renewal, will be the next CEO of the Institute for Community Living.
Felicia Cumings Smith, senior director for the U.S. regions at the National Geographic Society, has been named president of the National Center for Families Learning. She succeeds Sharon Darling, who founded the group in 1989 and is now retiring.
Rick Wayman, former president and CEO of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, has been hired as CEO of the Foundation for Climate Restoration.
Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the Leadership Conference Education Fund
The two organizations have announced four senior personnel updates.
Shin Inouye has been promoted to executive vice president of communications. Previously he was managing director of communications.
Jesselyn McCurdy was promoted from managing director of government affairs to executive vice president of government affairs.
Scott Simpson, public advocacy director at Muslim Advocates, has returned as managing director of campaigns and programs. He previously worked at the two sister groups as media and campaigns director.
Corrine Yu, senior program director of special projects, is now senior adviser to the president.
New Top Fundraisers
Darin Allen has been named director of development at the Food Research and Action Center. Most recently he was director of development and external affairs at Bright Beginnings in Washington.
Andrew Gunn-Wilinski, vice president of development operations at the Akilah Foundation for Women, is now director of development at Brain Injury Services.
Laurence (Lars) Jahns, chief advancement officer at the Public Theater, will next serve as chief philanthropy officer at the Reform Alliance, a criminal-justice organization in New York.
Bill Johnson, vice president for advancement at California State University-East Bay, has been named vice president for advancement at the University of Nevada at Reno.
Katy Herbert Kotlarczyk, assistant vice president for central advancement at the University of Colorado system, has been appointed vice chancellor for advancement at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Joshua Lamont, founder and principal of JRL Strategies, a consulting firm in the San Francisco Bay Area for communication and development programs, will be the first development director at Golden State Opportunity.
W. Anthony Neal, vice president for institutional advancement at LeMoyne-Owen College, has been tapped as senior vice president for institutional advancement at Wiley College.
Darina O’Dowd Padian, Texas and Colorado director at the Ireland Funds, has been named vice president of development at the Catholic Foundation in Dallas. In addition, Cheryl Unis Mansour has been promoted from vice president of development to senior vice president of donor relations.
Felicia Riffelmacher, director of development at Framingham State University, has been appointed senior development director at Quinsigamond Community College.
Other Notable Appointments
Sarah Clarke, senior adviser and consultant for the Burma program at the United States Institute of Peace, has been tapped as New York director of the Quaker United Nations Office.
Margaret King has been named senior director for single adult housing at Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Most recently she was the regional manager for unsheltered homelessness at the Minnesota Interagency Council on Homelessness and the Heading Home Minnesota Funders Collaborative.
Kelsey Martin, dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California’s Los Angeles campus, has become director of the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative.
Judith Robb-McCord, vice president of technical leadership and support at Project Concern International and Global Communities, has been appointed vice president of global impact at March of Dimes.
Michael Skrebutenas will now be senior vice president for housing at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation. He comes to LISC from the Community Preservation Corporation, where he was senior vice president and regional director of community preservation in its Albany office.
Naomi Walker has been promoted to vice president at the Economic Policy Institute. She joined the institute in 2018 as director of its Economic Analysis and Research Network.
Tyreasa Washington is now senior program area director for child welfare at Child Trends. She is an associate professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the founding director of the African American Families and Kinship Care Lab.
Ereka Williams will join the Dogwood Health Trust as vice president of impact for education on November 1. Currently she is associate provost for academic strategy and institutional effectiveness at Winston Salem State University.
Stephen Bonadies, chief conservator and senior deputy director for conservation and collections at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts since 2009, will retire in November. In addition, Hossein Sadid plans to retire as chief financial officer and deputy director for finance in June 2022. He has worked at the museum since 2014.
CC Gardner Gleser will step down as director of programs and strategic initiatives at the Satterberg Foundation on January 1, following a three-month sabbatical. (Read more about the foundation and Gleser in this Chronicle article.)
Ann Palmer, president and CEO of the Arthritis Foundation since 2013, intends to retire on January 31.
Argelia Rodriguez will depart in June 2022 as president and CEO of the D.C. College Access Program after 23 years at the organization.
Kenneth Schoen, a former probation officer who became an activist for improving prison conditions and reducing incarceration in Minnesota, New York, and at the national level, died on September 1. He was 89. Schoen previously served as director of criminal-justice grant making at the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation in New York and as director of the University of Minnesota Law School’s Institute for Criminal Justice.
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Clarification (Sep. 24, 2021, 1:01 p.m.): The article has been updated to describe the Pew Charitable Trusts as a nonprofit group, instead of a grant maker.