The Kresge Foundation has announced the appointment of ARIEL SIMON as chief strategy officer and deputy to president and CEO Rip Rapson. In that position, Simon will be responsible for exploring new forms of interdisciplinary cooperation and imaginative use of philanthropic tools, shaping strategy and learning agendas, and helping strengthen relationships among programs and communications, grants management, and information technology functions within the foundation. Previously, Simon worked at McKinsey & Company in the areas of social innovation, economic development, and public health, and for charitable foundations, nonprofits, and governments in the Americas, Europe, and Africa on issues of strategy, policy and advocacy, organizational effectiveness, and governance.
The Bush Foundation has announced the selection of its final Bush Fellows for 2012. The fellows, who were chosen exclusively from a pool of elected and government officials, are state represnetatives RAYMOND DEHN (D-Minneapolis), RON GUGGISBERG (D-Fargo), and CARLOS MARIANI (D-St. Paul), and CHRISTINE SORENSEN, South Dakota rural development coordinator at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. All four will focus on developing emergency preparedness training, shaping a statewide Latino leadership network, collaborating on regional development initiatives, and improving infrastructure to help create thriving communities.
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation has announced that DONN WEINBERG has concluded his three-year term as board chair and will be succeeded by ELLEN HELLER. Weinberg, a nephew of Harry and Jeanette Weinberg, previously worked as a lawyer specializing in general civil and medical malpractice litigation. He joined the foundation as its corporate counsel in 1993 and became an officer and director of the real estate companies it owned; in 2002 he succeeded his father, Nathan Weinberg, as a foundation trustee and was elected vice president. Heller is a retired judge of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City and a former president and chair of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund has announced the appointment of MONICA NEWMAN MCCLUNEY as vice president of proprietary programs and strategic initiatives. McCluney, national director of strategic alliances for the United Negro College Fund, has worked in community relations and fund development for over seventeen years and has played key roles in major strategic initiatives for a variety of organizations, including United Parcel Service and Bank of America.
In other news, the Healthcare Georgia Foundation has announced the appointment of ARNOLD TENENBAUM, retired president of Chatham Steel Corp, as board chair. The foundation also announced the election of CHERYL CHRISTIAN and ROBERT NESBITT to its board, as well as a new slate of officers: KYNN THOGERSEN, vice chair; TERI HARTMAN, treasurer; and CHARLES STAFFORD, secretary.