People in the News (1/20/13): Appointments and Promotions

People in the News (1/20/13): Appointments and Promotions

The California HealthCare Foundation has announced the planned departure of founding president MARK D. SMITH at the end of this year. Prior to joining the foundation, Smith served as executive vice president at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and as assistant professor of medicine and health policy and management at Johns Hopkins University, where he also served as associate director of the university's AIDS Service. In addition, he has served on the board of the National Business Group on Health, the performance measurement committee of the National Committee for Quality Assurance, and the editorial board of Annals of Internal Medicine. On leaving the foundation, Smith, a physician and expert on state and national health policy, will resume his work as a member of the clinical faculty at the University of California, San Francisco and as an attending physician at the Positive Health Program for AIDS care at San Francisco General Hospital, where he has practiced since 1992. "Mark Smith's remarkable leadership over the last sixteen years has focused the California HealthCare Foundation on a vision to improve the healthcare system where it matters most: in the clinics, the hospitals, doctors' offices, and wherever Californians go to find care," said CHCF board chair Ian Morrison.

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has announced the appointment of FAY TWERSKY as director of its Effective Philanthropy group. Twersky, a senior fellow at the foundation since October 2011, has extensive experience with strategy, program design, and evaluation and has served as acting director of the newly formed group since September 2012. Previously, she led the Impact Planning & Improvement division at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, was a founding principal of consulting firm BTW, and worked in Jerusalem advising Yad Hanadiv (the Rothschild Family Foundation) on issues of strategy, organization, and measurement.

Atlantic Philanthropies has announced the appointments of three new program executives: SARA KAY in the Aging and Health program, NAOMI POST in the Children and Youth program, and BEN KERMAN in the Evaluation program. Kay most recently was policy director for the New York eHealth Collaborative and previously served as director of health programs at the Nathan Cummings Foundation, where she worked in close collaboration with Atlantic staff on health reform issues and founded the ACA Implementation Fund. Prior to working in the philanthropic sector, Kay served in several positions in the Office of the New York City Comptroller and was a private litigator. Post, who has more than thirty years of experience with community-based organizations and public/private partnerships, has had her own consulting business for the past twelve years and worked on major initiatives for a number of foundations, including the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the New Mexico Community Foundation, and Atlantic. Kerman, most recently director of family services and systems reform research at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, previously served in senior research and evaluation positions at Casey Family Services and has maintained, since 1997, an academic appointment at the Yale School of Medicine.

The Ford Family Foundation in Roseburg, Oregon, has announced the appointment of ANNE KUBISCH as president and CEO, effective May 15. Kubisch comes to the foundation after nineteen years at the Aspen Institute, where she founded and served as director of Aspen's Roundtable on Community Change. Prior to that, she worked for ten years at the Ford Foundation, initially on Latin American programs, then as the foundation's representative in Nigeria, and finally as deputy director of the foundation's Urban Poverty Program. She succeeds NORM SMITH, who is retiring after sixteen years.

The Research Corporation for Science Advancement has announced the planned departure of president JIM GENTILE and the appointment of JACK PLADZIEWICZ as interim president. Gentile, who joined the organization in 2005, previously served for twenty-nine years as a professor and dean at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, to which he is returning for a two-year appointment as dean of sciences. Pladziewicz first joined RCSA as a program officer in 2003 and served as vice president from 2008 until his retirement in 2010. Earlier, he was a professor of chemistry and department chair at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The James Irvine Foundation has announced the election of GREG AVIS as board chair. Avis, founding managing director of private equity and venture capital firm Summit Partners, joined the foundation's board in 2003 and has served as vice chair for the past two years. Over the years, he has served on the boards of more than forty companies, primarily in the technology and life sciences industries. His community activities include current and past service on the boards of several institutions, including the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, ARTstor, and Williams College. He succeeds PETER J. TAYLOR, who is retiring after serving on the Irvine board for twelve years, including three as board chair.

The Duke Endowment has announced the appointment of JUDY WOODRUFF as a trustee. Woodruff, co-anchor and senior correspondent for The PBS NewsHour, is a Duke University graduate who began her journalism career at a CBS affiliate in Atlanta before joining NBC News, where she served as White House correspondent from 1977 to 1982. She then served as chief Washington correspondent for the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, before joining CNN to anchor the weekday program Inside Politics. While at PBS, she anchored the weekly series Frontline with Judy Woodruff. She currently hosts Conversations with Judy Woodruff on Bloomberg Television, is a founding co-chair of the International Women's Media Foundation, and serves as a trustee of the Freedom Forum, the Newseum, and the Urban Institute.

The Barnes Foundation has announced the appointments of TORY BURCH, KHALIL GIBRAN MUHAMMAD, and THOMAS K. WHITFORD as trustees. Burch, CEO of her eponymous fashion business, launched the Tory Burch Foundation in 2009 to support economic empowerment of women entrepreneurs and their families. Muhammad, director of the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library, earlier worked at Deloitte & Touche and Indiana University, and spent two years as an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Vera Institute of Justice. Whitford, vice chair of PNC Financial Services Group, has held leadership positions in consumer banking, asset management, and strategic planning and serves on the boards of Robert Morris University and the Wharton Financial Services Center.

Bermuda's Centre on Philanthropy has announced the appointment of ELAINE WILLIAMS as executive director, effective April 1. Currently executive director of the Women's Resource Centre, Williams has served in positions with the Bermuda police force, Bermuda Hospitals Board, and Bermuda Chamber of Commerce, as well as on the boards of several Bermuda-based organizations, including the Bermuda Family Council, the Bermuda Women's Council, and the Cummings Zuill Scholarship.

Philanthropy New Zealand has announced the appointment of LIZ GIBB as chief executive, effective January 22. Gibb, chair of the Every Child Counts Coalition, brings advocacy experience along with management, strategic funding, and marketing skills to the position. She replaces ROBYN SCOTT, who left in September after leading the organization for ten years.

In other news, the Healthcare Georgia Foundation has announced the recognition of two of its staff for professional leadership in the philanthropic field: ANDREA YOUNG KELLUM, a program officer, has been accepted as a member of the 2013 class of Hull Fellows at the Southeastern Council of Foundations, while grants manager RACQUEL LEE-SIN has been selected as Southeast regional chair of the Grant Managers Network.

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