People in the News (12/16/12): Appointments and Promotions

People in the News (12/16/12): Appointments and Promotions

The Ford Foundation has announced the appointment of INNOCENT CHUKWUMA as its West Africa representative. Chukwuma, a globally recognized advocate for human rights and good governance as well as a leading scholar on police and criminal justice reform in West Africa, most recently founded and led the CLEEN Foundation, a civil society group that promotes public safety, security, and accessible justice in the region. He has also held various posts with the Civil Liberties Organization and is CEO and chair of the Altus Alliance.

RICK WILLIAMS will join the Sobrato Family Foundation as CEO in February, the Silicon Valley Business Journal reports. Williams, founding president of Realize Consulting Group, a management consultant practice that advises foundations, also manages Asset Funders Network USA. Earlier, he served as national programs director for the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation.

The Lilly Endowment has announced the appointment of WALLACE R. "ACE" YAKEY, JR. as vice president of its community development division, where he has served for fifteen years as a program officer. Before he joined the endowment, Yakey was president of the Indianapolis Economic Development Corporation, marketing director at Browning Investments, a real estate broker with Thomas & Associates, and assistant campaign director at the United Way of Greater Indianapolis.

JOHN SCHWARZLOSE has been invited by the William J. Clinton Foundation to advise it on the development of its Health Matters Initiative in the Coachella Valley area, Mydesert.com reports. Schwarzlose, president and CEO of the Betty Ford Center, said the center was asked to be available to guarantee that alcohol, tobacco, and other drug issues are part of the overall healthcare strategy developed by the initiative.

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation has announced the appointment of MARY McLEAN as chief investment officer. McLean, most recently the foundation's managing director of investments, started her career in endowment investing at Yale University and spent several years at Morgan Stanley. She replaces HAROLD BRADLEY, who retired as CIO in August.

The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation has announced the appointment of TROY WHEELER as vice president of strategic market development for the Dell Foundation-funded Ed-FiĀ® Solution. Wheeler previously served as CIO for the Idaho Department of Education, overseeing the state's education data management systems, including a $21 million public-private partnership to implement statewide teacher data tools.

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has announced the appointment of LINDSAY AUSTIN LOUIE as a program officer in its Effective Philanthropy Group, which was established in August to provide organization-wide support related to strategy, measurement and evaluation, learning, effectiveness, and grantmaking. Austin Louie has served as executive director of the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund since 2008.

The Duke Endowment has announced the appointment of BAHBY BANKS as evaluation officer. Banks previously worked at the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and served as a project coordinator and research assistant for Project EAST, a community-based effort to increase access to clinical trials for rural minorities. She also has conducted public health research in Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Malawi, and Geneva, and was recognized with a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Emerging Leaders in Public Health fellowship.

The Chicago Community Trust has named seven emerging and experienced leaders as Trust Fellowship recipients for 2013. The five emerging leaders, who will receive up to $30,000 each, are CECILE CARROLL (co-director of Blocks Together), ANA GUAJARDO (executive director of Centro de Trabajadores Unidos: Immigrant Workers' Project), ALIE KABBA (executive director of the United African Organization), DELIA CATALINA RAMIREZ (executive director of Humboldt Park Social Services), and ELISE ZELECHOWSKI (founder and executive director of Rebuilding Exchange). The experienced leaders, both of whom will receive up to $60,000, are HARRY RHODES (executive director of Growing Home, Inc.) and ERIC WEINHEIMER (president and CEO of the Cara Program).

The Houston Endowment has announced the planned retirement of vice president and grant director ANNA LEAL, effective December 31, and the appointment of GEORGE GRAINGER as acting grant director. Leal began working at the endowment in 1996 as a grant officer and was promoted to VP and grant director in 2006.

In other news, the Correctional Association of New York has announced the election of actor and activist DANNY GLOVER to its board. "I am excited about the work the association has done in the past and its vision for the future," Glover said. "I am honored to be part of a tradition that is in service not only to the state of New York, but is at the forefront of many of the different ways responsible citizens are working together to change our nation's culture of mass incarceration."

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