The Skillman Foundation has announced the planned retirement of president/CEO CAROL GOSS, effective at the end of 2013, and the appointment of TONYA ALLEN to succeed her. Goss, who announced her retirement in a video on the foundation's Web site, has been honored by Crain's Detroit Business as one of southeast Michigan's most influential women, was awarded the Eleanor Josaitis Unsung Hero Award by the Detroit Free Press and Metropolitan Affairs Coalition, and was named the 2007 James A. Joseph Lecturer by the Association of Black Foundation Executives. "Carol Goss has led the Skillman board and staff on a remarkable journey during her tenure to redefine the role of the foundation in improving the lives of Detroit's most vulnerable children," said foundation board chair David Baker Lewis. "[Her] trailblazing vision of a foundation becoming a strategic funding partner in improving the conditions that effect the lives of children has become a reality in Detroit and the nation."
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation has announced the election of THOMAS A. McDONNELL as president and CEO, and the appointment of JANICE C. KREAMER as McDonnell's replacement as board chair. McDonnell, an experienced business leader with a track record of building global philanthropic organizations, recently stepped down as CEO of DST Systems. He has been a Kauffman trustee since 2003 and has chaired the foundation's board since 2006. He will succeed CARL SCHRAMM, who served as the foundation's president and CEO from 2002 to 2011, and trustee BENNO SCHMIDT, who has served as interim CEO since January. Kreamer, a Kauffman trustee since 2006 and former CEO of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, is nationally respected for her leadership in the community foundation field.
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors has announced the appointment of JANE LEVIKOW as philanthropic consultant and director of its sponsored project and donor-advised fund teams. Most recently, Levikow served as vice president of Community Initiatives, a West Coast-based fiscal sponsorship service nonprofit, and before that was senior vice president of Tides and served on numerous boards and in executive roles at a variety of nonprofits in California. She currently serves as chair of the National Network of Fiscal Sponsors.
The Lilly Endowment has announced the appointment of URONNA (RONNI) KLOTH as communications director, effective February 1. Kloth, currently vice president of marketing for Teach For America, earlier served as chief of staff to the organization's CEO and founder, Wendy Kopp, and as a managing director of corps member recruitment. She succeeds GRETCHEN WOLFRAM, who retired from the foundation in September after twenty years of service.
AUDREY CHOI, managing director and head of Morgan Stanley Global Sustainable Finance, has been appointed by President Obama as a member of the administration's Community Development Advisory Board, the White House reports. Choi's experience includes working with One Laptop Per Child on international outreach efforts, with Current Communications Group LLC on corporate strategy, and in the Clinton White House in various policy positions at the Department of Commerce and the Federal Communications Commission. Earlier, she was a technology reporter, bureau chief, and foreign correspondent for the Wall Street Journal. Choi currently serves on the boards of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, StoryCorps, Living Cities, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the Morgan Stanley Foundation.
United States Artists has announced the appointment of BEN JOHNSON as director of programs. Most recently director of Northrop Concerts and Lectures at the University of Minnesota, Johnson earlier served as director of education and audience development at the University Musical Society at the University of Michigan. He is a recent graduate of the Wilder Foundation's Shannon Leadership Institute and recipient of the MetLife Foundation Award for Arts Access in Underserved Communities.
Independent Sector has announced the appointment of GEOFFREY PLAGUE as vice president of public policy. Plague, formerly the organization's director of government relations, earlier served as advocacy and policy director for the Basic Education Coalition, as chief of staff to former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), and as legislative director for Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and Reps. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Robert Andrews (D-NJ). In addition, he is president and founder of Buildings & Books, a public charity that establishes children's community libraries in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Northwest Area Foundation has announced the appointments of JIM LADUCER, LYNDA BOURQUE MOSS, and NICHOLAS WALROD to its board. Laducer, an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, is proprietor of information technology company Laducer & Associates and is a founder of the Turtle Mountain State Bank, the first privately held Native American bank in the country. Moss, a two-term Montana state senator, is a trained artist who earlier served as executive director of the Foundation for Community Vitality and the Western Heritage Center. Walrod, a principal of venture capital firm 3x5 Special Opportunity Partners, is a founding board member of the Gray Family Foundation as well as executive director of the Yarg Foundation.
In other news, PND notes the passing of DAME ELISABETH MURDOCH on December 5. Murdoch, a prominent Australian philanthropist and mother of media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, received her DBE in recognition of the three-plus decades she served on the board of Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital and for her active involvement in the arts, education, prisoners' welfare, child care, and mental health. "Probably the most useful contribution one can make," she once said, "is to forget oneself and care for others."