The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust has announced the appointment of CLARIN COLLINS as research and evaluation officer, in which position she will be responsible for analyzing and evaluating the trust's initiatives and grantmaking activities and developing measurement and assessment plans for select grantee organizations. Most recently a graduate research assistant at Arizona State University's Center for the Future of Arizona, Collins earlier served as a consultant to the National College Access Network and held several other research positions.
The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation has announced the appointment of MICHAEL UDVARDI as interim director of its plant biology division. Udvardi, a researcher at the foundation since 2006, earlier served as an independent group leader and associate professor at the Max Planck Institute in Germany. He replaces RICHARD DIXON, who is retiring after twenty-five years as founding director of the division.
The Ms. Foundation for Women has announced that MONIQUE HOEFLINGER will join the NoVo Foundation's Move to End Violence program, a ten-year, $80 million initiative to strengthen leaders and organizations working to end violence against girls and women in the United States. HOEFLINGER currently serves as senior program officer for safety at the Ms. Foundation.
In other news, PND notes the passing of philanthropist PHOEBE HEARST COOKE at the age of 85. Cooke, a former board member of the Hearst Corporation, took special interest in the charitable organizations established by her grandfather William Randolph Hearst, including the Hearst Foundations. She also helped found the National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy, which provides horse-assisted therapy programs for children and adults with special needs, and was a commissioner of the California Horse Racing Board.