People in the News (1/27/13): Appointments, Promotions, and Obituaries

People in the News (1/27/13): Appointments, Promotions, and Obituaries

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has announced the planned departure of vice president and co-chief investment officer LAURANCE R. "LAURIE" HOAGLAND, JR., effective June 30, and the promotion of ANA WEICHERS-MARSHALL, currently the foundation's co-chief investment officer, to the position Hoagland is vacating, effective July 1. HOAGLAND, who has led the foundation's investment team since 2001, previously served as president and CEO of the Stanford Management Company, Stanford University's investment and real estate organization, and prior to that had a long career in the private investment sector. He serves on the boards of several institutions, including the Berkeley Endowment Management Company, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Kamehameha Schools, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and is retiring from the Commonfund board after serving a term of twelve years. Wiechers-Marshall, who has worked at the foundation since 2004, has more than a quarter century of investment management experience in the private sector, including stints at RCM Capital Management and Bank of America.

By a unanimous vote of its board, the Poetry Foundation has appointed ROBERT POLITO as president, effective July 8. Polito, a noted poet, critic, and biographer, most recently served as director of creative writing and founder of the MFA writing program at The New School. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and serves as a contributing editor at BOMB and The Boston Review. "We live at a lucky moment for poetry," Polito said in a Q&A on the foundation's Web site. "I'm grateful to the Poetry Foundation for the chance to join their tradition of innovation and change — at once touchstone, template, and aspiration for the century ahead." Polito will replace JOHN BARR, the organization's founding president, who announced his retirement early in 2012.

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has announced the appointment of KYLE CALDWELL as program director of its Pathways Out of Poverty team. Caldwell, most recently president and CEO of the Michigan Nonprofit Association, earlier served as president and CEO of the Connect Michigan Alliance, as executive director of the Michigan Community Service Commission, and as director of corporate and foundation relations at Olivet College.

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors has announced the appointment of four new board members: JUANITA T. JAMES, president and CEO of the Fairfield County Community Foundation; DARREN WALKER, vice president of the Ford Foundation; STEVEN WAYNE, founding CEO of the Jensen Group; and ADAM WOLFENSOHN, managing director of Wolfensohn Fund Management.

The Heinz Endowments has announced the appointment of JARED L. COHON to its board. Cohon has served as president of Carnegie Mellon University for sixteen years and will be stepping down from that position on June 30. Earlier, he served as dean of Yale's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and as associate dean of engineering and vice provost for research at Johns Hopkins University. In addition, Cohon has served on the boards of a number of Pittsburgh civic organizations, is a permanent member of the World Economic Forum's Global University Leaders Forum, and was the first recipient of the Carnegie Corporation of New York's Academic Leadership Award.

Commonfund has announced the appointment of BRADFORD K. GALLAGHER as board chair. Gallagher, a member of the organization's board since 2005, has worked in the securities and investment industry for thirty years and founded Cypress Holding Company with Berkshire Partners of Boston.

Bayer USA has announced the appointment of SARAH TOULOUSE as donations officer, a new position, for the company and executive director of the Bayer USA Foundation, effective January 21. Toulouse, most recently a program officer and acting executive director of the foundation, earlier served as a member of the company's communications staff. In between those jobs, she served as manager of communications and marketing for education reform nonprofit ASSET Inc., which was created by Bayer in 1994, and was senior manager of corporate communications at American Eagle Outfitters. She succeeds REBECCA LUCORE, who left in June 2011 to become NAFTA regional chief of staff for Bayer MaterialScience.

The Minnesota Council on Foundations has announced a new slate of board officers and directors: KEVIN WALKER, president and CEO of Northwest Area Foundation, as board chair; CAROLYN ROBY, vice president of the Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota, as vice chair; KARI SUZUKI, director of operations at the Otto Bremer Foundation, as secretary; and BRAD KRUSE, program director at the Hugh J. Andersen Foundation, as treasurer. New directors include KATHLEEN ANNETTE, president and CEO of the Blandin Foundation; JOANN BIRKHOLZ, foundation manager at the Medica Foundation; MIKE NEWMAN, vice president and director of community relations at the Travelers Foundation; and JUNE NORONHA, senior manager at the Bush Foundation.

Southern California Grantmakers has announced the appointment of three new board members: MELISSA HARMAN, partner at Moss Adams, LLP and senior manager of the Moss Adams Foundation; DEIDRE LIND, director of corporate affairs for Mattel, Inc. and executive director of the Mattel Children's Foundation; and DEBORAH M. IVES, vice president and treasurer of the Weingart Foundation.

Blackbaud has announced the planned departure of president and CEO MARC CHARDON by the end of this year. Chardon, who has led the company for seven years, intends to pursue his interests in advising and investing in technology start-ups and to devote more time to philanthropic activities. In the same press release, the Charleston-based company announced that it will report fourth-quarter and full-year 2012 financial results before the stock market opens on Wednesday, February 13.

KEVIN KLOSE has been named acting president and CEO of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the University of Maryland reports. Klose, former dean of the university's Philip Merrill College of Journalism, previously headed both National Public Radio and RFE/RL. Earlier, he directed the International Broadcasting Bureau at the U.S. Information Agency and was an editor and reporter at the Washington Post for twenty-five years, including stints as Moscow bureau chief, city editor, and deputy national editor.

In other news, PND notes the passing of homeowner rights activist INEZ KILLINGSWORTH on January 17. Killingsworth, president of Empowering and Strengthening Ohio's People, fought against predatory lending and foreclosures as early as 1993, when she founded the East Side Organizing Project, which she then developed into the statewide organization ESOP. Based in the Union-Miles neighborhood of Cleveland, where she also worked as a public school janitor, an auxiliary police officer, and was a trustee of her church, Killingsworth co-chaired the Ohio Organizing Collaborative, Community Shares, and National People's Action, and served on the boards of several other community-based organizations, including Neighborhood Progress, the National Training and Information Center, and New Cleveland Food Basket. In 2010, she was awarded a Purpose Prize by Civic Ventures in recognition of her work to prevent foreclosures in Ohio and her advocacy efforts at the national level.

PND also notes the passing of Balkans activist JILL BENDERLY on January 10. Benderly, a Tides Foundation grantee, co-directed World Learning's STAR Network (Strategies, Training, Advocacy and Resources); was founder and academic director for SIT Study Abroad's program on gender, transformation, and civil society in the Balkans; and served as associate academic dean for Europe at World Learning/SIT Study Abroad. Prior to her work in the Balkans, Benderly was active for many years in reproductive rights organizing and alternative journalism in Brooklyn, New York.

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