People in the News (1/15/12): Appointments, Promotions, and Obituaries

People in the News (1/15/12): Appointments, Promotions, and Obituaries

The D.C.-based Corporation for National and Community Service has announced the election of LAYSHA L. WARD as board chair as well as her nomination to the White House Council for Community Solutions. Ward, a longtime champion of the social sector, is president of community relations for Target and is responsible for the Target Foundation. She currently serves serves on the board of the Executive Leadership Council, a national membership organization for African American executives, and Denny's Corporation.

The Los Angeles-based California Endowment has announced the appointment of BRIAN LEE MIMURA, executive director of First 5 Merced County, as program manager for its Southwest Merced/East Merced County Building Healthy Communities collaborative, effective January 24. Prior to his service in Merced County, Mimura served as associate director of Planning and Evaluation for First 5 Fresno County. Earlier, he held development and consulting positions at the California Health Collaborative, the Malaysian National AIDS Council Program Evaluation Project, and the Fresno County Health Services Agency's Southeast Asian Project.

The Denver-based Colorado Trust has announced the appointment of GWYN BARLEY as director of programs. Barley, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Colorado, earlier served as founding director of the university's Center for Advancing Professional Excellence and launched the department of medicine's student affairs office and Center for Healthy Living.

The Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford has announced the selection of MICHAEL JOHNSTON as its new president and CEO. Johnston has served for the past three years as CEO of the United Way of Western Connecticut; earlier, he spent more than twenty years working on Wall Street in the financial services industry. He succeeds Doreen Fundiller-Zweig, who retired in December after leading the foundation for eighteen years.

The San Francisco-based James Irvine Foundation has announced the election of ROBERT E. DENHAM to its board. Denham, a partner in the law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, also serves as board chair of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, chair of the Russell Sage Foundation, and vice chair of the Good Samaritan Hospital of Los Angeles. In the private sector, he serves on the boards of Chevron Corporation, The New York Times Company, Fomento Economico Mexicano, S.A. de CV (FEMSA), and Oaktree Capital Group LLC.

The New York City-based Rockefeller Foundation has announced the appointments of NANCY KETE, SCOTT LEEB, and JOHN IRONS to the position of managing director. Kete, most recently founding director of Sustainable Mobility Finance LLC, will focus on the foundation's global work on resilience. Irons, most recently research and policy director at the Economic Policy Institute, will coordinate the foundation's domestic work in the United States, with an initial concentration on the current jobs crisis. Leeb, most recently vice president of business intelligence at Prudential, will take on the new role of managing director, knowledge management.

The Schwab Charitable Group in San Francisco has announced the appointments of KIM LAUGHTON as president and CARRIE SCHWAB-POMERANTZ as board chair. Laughton, a sixteen-year veteran of Charles Schwab & Co. as well as Schwab Charitable, assumes the role of president following a six-month stint as acting interim president; she also serves on the board and chairs the investment committee of the Educational Foundation of Orinda. Schwab-Pomerantz, a twenty-year-plus Schwab company veteran, is currently president of the Charles Schwab Foundation and serves on President Obama's Advisory Council on Financial Capability.

The D.C.-based Foundation for the National Archives has announced the election of A'LELIA BUNDLES as chair and board president. Bundles became involved with the foundation in 2005 and most recently served as an officer and on the board's executive committee. After a thirty-year career as a network television news producer and executive with ABC News and NBC News, Bundles now is president of the Madam Walker/A'Lelia Walker Family Archives She also is the author of several books about her great-grandmother, African-American businesswoman and hair care entrepreneur Madam C.J. Walker.

In other news, PND notes the passing of LIZ NICHOLSON, founding director of the Nonprofit Finance Fund's D.C. office, after a long battle with a terminal brain disease. Nicholson worked in the finance industry at several organizations, including Chicago's Harris Trust & Savings Bank, Perpetual Savings Bank, and Signet Bank, where she served as a Community Reinvestment Act officer focusing on nonprofit groups. She also pursued a career in the nonprofit sector, working at the National Organization for Women and as a consultant for a number of organizations, including the Eugene & Agnes Meyer Foundation, the D.C. Youth Orchestra, and the Salvation Army.

"The California Endowment Appoints Executive Director of First 5 Merced County as Building Healthy Communities Program Manager for Southwest Merced/East Merced County." California Endowment Press Release 01/11/2012. "The James Irvine Foundation Elects Robert Denham as Director." James Irvine Foundation Press Release 01/12/2012. "The Colorado Trust Names Gwyn Barley as Director of Programs." Colorado Trust Press Release 01/11/2012. "Target Executive Laysha Ward Elected Board Chair of Corporation for National and Community Service." Corporation for National and Community Service Press Release 01/09/2012. "A'Lelia Bundles Becomes Chair, President of the Foundation for the National Archives." Foundation for the National Archives Press Release 01/10/2012. "Schwab Charitable Announces New Leadership Appointments" Schwab Charitable Press Release 01/10/2012. "Jewish Community Foundation Names New President." Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford Press Release 01/10/2012. "Remembering Liz Nicholson." Nonprofit Finance Fund Online Statement 01/10/2012.