New York City-based Atlantic Philanthropies has announced the appointment of CHRISTOPHER OECHSLI as president and CEO. Oechsli, who has served as Atlantic's interim president and CEO since June 2011, has over thirty years of experience in international business, law, philanthropy, and policy development worldwide. Most recently, he served as associate fellow and project director at the D.C.-based Institute for Policy Studies and before that acted as counsel to Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI).
The Portland-based Northwest Health Foundation has announced that THOMAS ASCHENBRENER, its founding president, will retire next June. Aschenbrener has served as chief executive of the foundation since its creation in 1997. During his tenure, the foundation has provided more than $65 million in grants and technical assistance support to local communities. A transition team comprised of board members will initiate a search for a new leader in early 2012.
The Baton Rouge-based Foundation for Louisiana has announced the appointments of ALFREDO A. CRUZ as program officer for Economic Opportunity, KATHLEEN ONUFER as program associate for the Claiborne Avenue corridor in New Orleans, and ETHAN ELLESTAD as program associate for Community Development. Cruz' prior experience includes work with the Florida State Legislature and ten years with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Onufer previously worked for the Salvation Army and the Broadmoor Development Corporation in New Orleans. Ellestad served in the Peace Corps, worked for the Lafitte Greenway in New Orleans, and recently completed his masters in urban and regional planning at the University of New Orleans. In addition, the foundation has announced the promotions of CHRISTY WALLACE SLATER, senior program officer for housing and small business development, to the position of director of economic opportunity; and of intern ASHLEY C. LEWIS to the position of communications and fund development assistant.
The New York City-based Ford Foundation has announced the election of MARTIN EAKES and TIM BERNERS-LEE to its board. Eakes, co-founder and director of community development lender Self-Help, also founded the Center for Responsible Lending and recently has created a network of credit unions in North Carolina and California. Berners-Lee, who is credited with inventing the World Wide Web, is currently 3Com Founders Professor of Engineering in MIT's School of Engineering and has a joint appointment in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. He also is a professor in the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom, director of the World Wide Web Consortium and of the Web Science Trust, and founder of the World Wide Web Foundation.
The Carnegie Corporation of New York has announced the election of EDWARD P. DJEREJIAN to its board. Djerejian, founding director of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University, is a U.S. diplomat who has served in eight administrations, dating back to the administration of President Kennedy. He is a leading expert on national security and foreign policy as well as the political, security, economic, religious, and ethnic issues of the Middle East and South Asia. His most recent book is Danger and Opportunity: An American Ambassador's Journey Through the Middle East.
In other news, the Washington Area Women's Foundation has announced the appointment of AUDREY BRACEY DEEGAN, ALEX ORFINGER, JULIE ROGERS, and SONAL SHAH to its board. Deegan is managing director of the OMG Center for Collaborative Learning and previously held leadership positions at Plan International USA, Deloitte, JPMorgan, McKinsey, Textron, Hudson Chesapeake, and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. Orfinger is publisher of the Washington Business Journal. Rogers is president and CEO of the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation and previously served as staff director of the Council of the District of Columbia's Committee on Human Services. Shah, former deputy assistant to President Obama and director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, earlier led global development initiatives for Google.org, was a vice president at Goldman Sachs, and served in a management capacity at several public and private sector agencies concerned with economic development, public policy, and international relations.