The William T. Grant Foundation has announced the appointment of ADAM GAMORAN as president. Gamoran, currently John D. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and Educational Policy Studies and director of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, was appointed by President Obama to the National Board for Education Sciences in 2010, chaired the independent advisory panel of the National Assessment of Career and Technical Education for the U.S. Department of Education, and served on the the National Research Council's Board on Science Education. He will join the foundation in September, succeeding ROBERT C. GRANGER, who has served as president since 2003.
The Health Foundation of South Florida has announced the appointment of RICHARD LAVIÑA as board chair. Laviña, executive VP and regional president of commercial banking for HSBC's southern region, has served on the foundation's board for six years and is active with several local philanthropic institutions, including the Miami Foundation, where he served as board vice chair and investment committee chair. "His sharp business acumen and compassion for our neediest residents will add special value to achieving our goals," said foundation president and CEO Steven E. Marcus.
The Mary Black Foundation has announced the appointment of Spartanburg community leader and nonprofit executive KATHERINE A. DUNLEAVY as its next president and CEO, effective March 4. Dunleavy, retired president of the United Way of the Piedmont, previously served as executive director of the Walker Foundation for the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind and had an earlier career in banking.
The Greater New Orleans Foundation has announced the appointment of KELLIE CHAVEZ GREENE, formerly vice president for programs at the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, as program officer for its three-year-old organizational effectiveness initiative. "We're excited to have someone as talented as Kellie with her twenty-plus years of experience in nonprofit management and leadership," said foundation president and CEO Albert Ruesga.
The Arcus Foundation has announced the appointment of ADRIAN RELU COMAN as director of its international human rights program. Coman, an eighteen-year veteran of philanthropy, advocacy, education, politics, human rights work on behalf of LGBT people, most recently served as a human rights/social justice advisor to a member of the European Parliament. Earlier, he was acting director and program associate of the Baltic-American Partnership Fund at the Open Society Institute and executive director of ACCEPT, a Romanian nongovernmental human rights organization.
The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles has announced the election of LAWRENCE RAUCH as board chair. Rauch has been involved with the foundation for over thirty years in a variety of roles, including advisory board member, trustee, grants committee chair, and treasurer. He is a past president of Jewish Family Service, has held multiple leadership positions in the Jewish Federation, and is also president of Los Angeles Cold Storage.
In other news, the Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation has announced the re-election of JOSEPH RYAN, STEVEN WASSERMAN, EDWARD PARE, and CHRISTIAN TOMS to its board; Ryan, the firm's chair and CEO, was also named board chair of the foundation. Wasserman, based in New York, chairs the firm's distressed debt and claims trading practice group and is a member of its management committee. Pare, based in the firm's Providence, Rhode Island office, is a legal and business advisor to telecommunications, real estate, financial services, gaming, and government organizations. Toms, an associate in the firm's litigation and arbitration group in London, will work with foundation president Jeffrey Jonas, executive director Al Wallis, and fellow board directors in the United States to review and approve grant applications and help facilitate collaboration between the company's London office and various grant recipients.