People in the News (12/23/12): Appointments and Promotions

People in the News (12/23/12): Appointments and Promotions

The Mary Black Foundation has announced the appointment of AMY PAGE as grant manager. In her new role, Page, who has been with the foundation for twelve years, will help manage relationships with nonprofits and grantees and oversee grant evaluation and reporting. The foundation also announced the election of COLLEEN PERRY KEITH as a new trustee as well as its 2013 slate of officers: RUTH L. CATE, chair; WILLIAM A. COKER, vice chair; and JACK MCBRIDE, treasurer.

The Walton Family Foundation has announced the appointments of ED KIRBY as deputy director of its education reform program and MARGARET BOWMAN as deputy director of its environment program. Kirby, who has worked in the foundation's education reform area for twelve years, earlier led the public sector team that launched Massachusetts' public charter school initiative in the late 1990s, was involved in American education reform as a writer and public policy analyst, and was a high school English teacher. Bowman joined the foundation in 2008 and led its work on Colorado River Basin freshwater conservation. Earlier, she directed the Lenfest Ocean Program at the Pew Charitable Trusts, worked at American Rivers, and represented corporate environmental clients in a law practice.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has announced the appointment of RICHARD BRODHEAD, GLENN D. LOWRY, and SARAH E. THOMAS as trustees-elect, effective March 2013. Brodhead is president of Duke University, where he also serves as professor of English. Lowry is director of the Museum of Modern Art. Thomas is Bodley's Librarian at Oxford University.

Southern California Grantmakers has announced the appointment of CHRISTINE ESSEL as president, effective February 1. Essel, most recently CEO of the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency, earlier worked for Paramount Pictures in the areas of finance, real estate development, government and community relations, legislative affairs, employee volunteer programs, corporate responsibility, ethics, and company philanthropy, and chaired the California Film Commission.

In other news, Bloomberg.com reports that SHONA BROWN is stepping down as Google.org senior vice president to begin a consultancy for nonprofits and startups. Brown, who has overseen Google.com's social impact programs since 2010, has worked at the tech giant for over ten years and was instrumental in developing many of its internal management processes before the company went public in 2004. Previously, she worked as a business consultant at McKinsey and served on the board of PepsiCo. In a blog post, Brown explained that she will continue as an informal consultant to Google.org and that Google vice president of business operations MATTHEW STEPKA will take over day-to-day leadership of Google.org while CFO PATRICK PICHETTE will take on a more engaged role in the charity. The company also announced the appointment of ARUN MAJUMDAR to lead Google.org's energy initiatives and advise the company on its broader energy strategy. Previously, Majumdar was acting undersecretary of energy at the United States Department of Energy and was founding director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (better known as ARPA-E).

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