The Marion I. and Henry J. Knott Foundation has announced the appointment of KELLY MEDINGER as executive director. Medinger, who earlier worked as a program officer at the Goizueta Foundation in Atlanta and as director of corporate, foundation, and government relations at Stevenson University, joined the foundation in 2011 as a program and communications associate.
The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust has announced the promotion of MARILEE DAL PRA to vice president of programs, effective immediately. Dal Pra, a program director at the trust since 2001, serves in leadership positions on the boards of Grantmakers for Children, Youth & Families; Educare Arizona; Expect More Arizona; First Things First; and the Valley of the Sun United Way. Earlier, she served as director of the Arizona Division for Children. The trust also announced that program director CAROL KATZ has transitioned to a part-time role and will continue to lead its work related to older adults and arts and culture.
The Boston Foundation has announced the promotion of KATE GUEDJ to the position of vice president for development and donor services. Guedj, most recently vice president for philanthropic and donor services at the foundation, has worked at the foundation for twelve years. Earlier, she was a senior executive with the Massachusetts Bar Association and director of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, and was membership director at the Council on Foundations.
The James Irvine Foundation has announced the election of TIM RIOS to its board. Rios, senior vice president of government and community relations at Wells Fargo, has held various positions in the retail, wholesale, and banking industries during the course of his career. In addition to being recognized by the California State Senate and Assembly, he was reappointed to California's Economic Strategy Panel in 2010 by former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and in 2005 was honored with the U.S. Small Business Administration's Financial Services Champion award.
In other news, the Council on Foundations has announced further developments in its organizational redesign with the appointments of SUE SANTA AS senior vice president of public policy and legal affairs and JULIANNE SOBRAL as director of human resources, as well as the promotions of WILL HEATON to chief of staff and strategic advisor to the president and RENEE BRANCH to vice president of programs. Santa, currently senior vice president for public policy at the Philanthropy Roundtable and a participant in the Charitable Giving Coalition, will step into her new role on January 10, overseeing CoF's government relations and legal team while providing strategic direction for its advocacy efforts. Sobral currently is director of human resources for data management company Lotame Solutions. Heaton joined the council in 2009 as executive assistant to the president and director of board relations. Branch joined the organization in 2007 as director of diversity and inclusive practices and most recently served as vice president for professional development, diversity, and inclusion.