SCOTT BANE has joined the New York City-based John A. Hartford Foundation as a program officer. Bane has more than a decade of experience in philanthropy and previously worked at the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, where he worked in the areas of LGBT rights, sustainable communities, and the arts, and the JEHT Foundation, where he led the exploration and development of its palliative care grantmaking program and helped launch the foundation’s criminal justice work, with a focus on mental health issues and on helping men and women re-enter society after incarceration. Bane recently graduated from CUNY School of Law, where he focused on aging, health, and disability issues and, as part of his experience, interned with a New York State Supreme Court judge and immersed himself in Medicare policies and regulations.
New York City-based Amalgamated Bank has announced the appointment of TYLER NICKERSON as first vice president of commercial banking, responsible for the bank’s commercial banking and strategy with respect to its foundation and philanthropic clients. Prior to joining Amalgamated, Nickerson, who will be based in Washington, D.C., served as the founding director of investments and state strategy at the Solutions Project, a philanthropic and cultural campaigning initiative aimed at accelerating the transition to clean energy; as a program manager at the Dyer-Ives Foundation; and as founder and CEO of Motu Communications, which supported philanthropic clients in public affairs, grantmaking strategy, and evaluation. Nickerson is a regular contributor to the Chronicle of Philanthropy and serves as co-chair of the D.C. chapter of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy and on the Andrew Goodman Foundation's millennial advisory council.
Portland (OR)-based Grantmakers for Education (GFE), the nation's largest network of education grantmakers, has announced the selection of CELINE COGGINS as its next executive director. Coggins, who will continue to reside in the Boston area with her husband and three daughters, was selected after a national search for a successor to current executive director ANA TILTON, who will step down next month. An educator for more than two decades, Coggins began her career as a middle school teacher and went on to serve in a number of education policy leadership roles, including assistant to the Massachusetts Commissioner of Education. In 2007, she founded Teach Plus, a nonprofit focused on teacher advocacy and empowerment, and spearheaded its efforts to build a network of more than thirty thousand teachers spanning twelve states. Her 2017 book, How to Be Heard: Ten Lessons Teachers Need to Advocate for Their Students and Profession, has become the playbook for successful educator activism.
The board of directors of Human Rights First, an independent advocacy and action organization, that challenges America to live up to its ideals, has announced the selection of MICHAEL BREEN as the organization’s next president and chief executive officer, effective October 1. As a U.S. Army officer, Breen, who currently serves as president and CEO of the Truman National Security Project, led soldiers in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, serving for a year as a platoon leader in the latter country’s Pech and Korengal valleys with the 173rd Airborne. After leaving the military, he served in the Office of White House Counsel and co-founded the International Refugee Assistance Project, working with refugee families in Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan. He holds a JD from Yale Law School and a BA from Dartmouth, and has also studied in Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and the United Kingdom.
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C., has announced the addition of SUZANNE DiMAGGIO as a senior fellow. One of the foremost experts and practitioners of diplomatic dialogues with countries that have limited or no official relations with the United States, DiMaggio has for nearly two decades led such conversations with the aim of helping government officials identify pathways for diplomatic progress. Her policy dialogue with Iran dates back to 2002 and helped lay the foundation for the secret talks between Iran and the United States that led to the 2015 comprehensive nuclear agreement, while her dialogue with North Korea has included several visits to the country and helped facilitate direct talks between Donald Trump’s administration and the regime of Kim Jong-un. DiMaggio comes to Carnegie from New America (formerly the New America Foundation), where she served as senior fellow and director of the U.S.-Iran Initiative. Prior to that, she served as vice president of global policy programs at the Asia Society and vice president of policy programs at the United Nations Association of the USA.
In other news, MICHAEL McAFEE has taken over as the new president and CEO of Oakland-based PolicyLink, replacing ANGELA GLOVER, who will continue to serve as a resource to the organization and the national equity movement as founder-in-residence. McAfee joined the organization in 2011 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he served as senior community planning and development representative in the agency’s Chicago regional office. Prior to HUD, McAfee served as director of community leadership for the Greater Kansas City Foundation and Affiliated Trusts and was the inaugural Director of the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink. In that role, the organization became a national leader in building cradle-to-career systems designed to ensure pathways to the middle class for children and youth in the nation’s most distressed neighborhoods. In 2015, Promise Neighborhoods became a permanent federal program through the authorization of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).