Rep. David Cicilline Will Depart Congress to Lead Rhode Island Foundation
Also, a former executive is returning to lead the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, and Rideback Rise, a new nonprofit group to help more people of color succeed in the entertainment industry, has named its first executive director.
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Rhode Island Foundation
David Cicilline, who currently is a U.S. representative from Rhode Island, will depart Congress on June 1 to become president and CEO of the $1.5 billion grant maker. He will succeed Neil Steinberg, who is retiring after leading the foundation for 15 years.
Cicilline has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2011. Before that, he was the first openly gay mayor of Providence, R.I., from 2003 until 2011.
Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation
Joy Vermillion Heinsohn will return to the $755 million foundation on March 20 as executive director. Currently she is the philanthropy liaison for the North Carolina Office of Strategic Partnerships, and previously worked at the foundation as its assistant director for 22 years until departing in 2021.
Vermillion Heinsohn succeeds Maurice (Mo) Green, who is retiring after seven years as its leader.
Sabrina Pourmand, a nonprofit consultant and former vice president of key relationships at Charity: water, will be the first executive director of this nonprofit group established last year to help more people of color create and produce film, television, digital, and audio content.
Tracey Bing, a film producer, has also joined the organization as head of content.
Read more about Rideback Rise in the Chronicle.
More New CEOs
Sharon Lanier, interim director of the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation, has been promoted to executive director. She joined the foundation in 2021 as a community-impact analyst.
Burnham (Turk) Lewis, president of the fundraising consulting firm For Better, will be the first chief development officer at the Hope for Henry Foundation, which raises money for pediatric patient experiences.
Callie Neslund has been promoted from chief operating officer to president and CEO of the GiveWell Community Foundation. She succeeds John Attaway, who has led the central Florida foundation for three years and will remain as legal counsel.
Jon Winkel, CEO of the Stamford Partnership, will be the first president of the Village Community Foundation.
Other Notable Appointments
Jack Ahern, associate director of development at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, is now director of annual giving for the university’s libraries.
Katie Fraumann has been appointed senior vice president for advancement and external relations at DePaul University. Most recently she was executive associate athletic director for development and sport administrator for men’s basketball at the University of Michigan.
Kristy Koos, chief operating officer at David’s Dream and Believe Cancer Foundation, has joined the Provident Bank Foundation as associate program director.
Bev Lacy, chief development officer at the YMCA of Delaware, has been appointed chief development officer at Bike New York.
Keith Michel, associate vice president for development at Mount Holyoke College, has been appointed vice president for advancement at Bennington College.
Nefertiri Sickout has joined Share Our Strength as senior vice president of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Previously she was chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer for the City of Philadelphia’s Office of the Mayor.
Sean White has joined Michigan Central as director of strategy for civic partnerships. He was most recently senior director of fund development at the United Way for Southeast Michigan.
Karen Froehlich has stepped down as president and CEO of SPCA of Texas. Don Lindsley, vice president of finance, will serve as interim president and CEO during the animal-welfare group’s search for a permanent successor.
James O’Keefe, founder of the conservative-activism group Project Veritas, has left amid a board investigation into financial and management misconduct.
Sara Vecchiotti is stepping down as vice president at the Foundation for Child Development after nearly eight years at the $117 million foundation.
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