People in the News (12/18/11): Appointments and Promotions

People in the News (12/18/11): Appointments and Promotions

The New York City-based Ford Foundation has announced that NOHA EL-MIKAWY will lead its Middle East and North Africa office, which focuses on Egypt. El-Mikawy has more than twenty years of experience in governance and international development in the Middle East and has held various posts with the United Nations Development Programme. Previously, she taught Middle East politics at various academic institutions, including the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany and the American University in Cairo. El-Mikawy also coordinated interdisciplinary comparative research on the Middle East at the University of Bonn.

The Miami-based John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced the appointment of ANDREW SHERRY as vice president of communications, effective January 9. Currently senior vice president of online communications at the Center for American Progress, Sherry previously was director of online ventures at USA Today and vice president of a Hong Kong-based travel technology start-up. Earlier, he pursued a career in journalism that included serving as AFP correspondent in Vietnam and Cambodia and as regional editor of Dow Jones' Far Eastern Economic Review. In his new position, Sherry will report to Knight Foundation president and CEO Alberto Ibargüen and will serve on the foundation's executive committee.

The Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation in New York City has announced the appointment of LESLIE PARK as senior program officer. Park, most recently senior program officer at the Helena Rubinstein Foundation, has more than twenty years of experience in grantmaking, much of it focused on the needs of children and families living in low-income communities in New York City. Earlier, she served as program officer for the Spunk Fund. She has served on the steering committee of New York City Youth Funders since 2005.

The New York City-based Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation has announced the promotion of three program officers to the position of program director. MILLIE BUCHANAN, who joined the foundation in 1994, is now program director for Environmental Justice. WILMA MONTAÑEZ, who has been with the foundation since 1996, is now program director for Reproductive Rights. And KOLU ZIGBI, who started at Noyes in 2000, is now program director for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems and also for EAT4Health, a new multi-funder partnership initiated by Noyes.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan, has announced the election of CELESTE A. CLARK to its board. Clark, most recently senior vice president of global public policy and external relations at the Kellogg Company, has served the company for thirty-four years in executive and management positions in nutrition, communications, and marketing. The foundation also notes that GAIL C. CHRISTOPHER, its vice president for program strategy, was awarded the 2011 Change Agent Award by the Schott Foundation for Public Education in recognition of her work to address structural racism and health and education inequities in America.

The Brooklyn Community Foundation has announced the appointment of MICHAEL BURKE as chief operating officer. Burke, currently chief operating officer of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, whose formation he led as executive director of the Downtown Brooklyn Council, earlier served as chief of staff to Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz, director of policy/government operations for former borough president Howard Golden, and vice president of community and housing development matters for Chemical Bank and Manufacturers Hanover Trust. He also has served on the boards of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, BRIC Arts/Media/Bklyn, and the Brooklyn Community Pride Center.

In related news, the Century Foundation in Washington, D.C., has announced the appointment of PHILIP LI as chief administrative officer, effective December 19. Li, most recently chief operating officer of the Brooklyn Community Foundation, previously worked as a philanthropic services consultant at Changing Our World and was executive director of the Coro New York Leadership Center. Earlier, Li spent a dozen years on Wall Street, starting at Merrill Lynch as a systems analyst and finishing at Moody's Investors Service as a high yield bond analyst. A recipient of a United Way of New York City award for community service, Li serves on a number of nonprofit boards and is a trustee of a family foundation.

In other news, the Council on Foundations in Arlington, Virginia, has announced that ELIZABETH SULLIVAN, managing director of corporate and independent services, will expand her leadership role to include the organization's family philanthropy services group. Sullivan joined the council in 2006.

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