The New York City-based Ford Foundation has announced that WILLY MUTUNGA has been confirmed by the Kenyan Parliament as the country's chief justice. Mutunga has served as representative for the foundation's Eastern Africa office in Nairobi since 2009 and previously was a program officer with a focus on human rights and women's rights. Earlier in his career, he served as executive director of the Kenya Human Rights Commission and held positions of increasing responsibility at a number of civil society organizations in Kenya. The foundation also announced that JOYCE NYAIRO will serve as acting representative for the Eastern Africa office, effective immediately.
The Houston Endowment has announced the appointment of NECOLE IRVIN as grant officer for its health program. Irvin, most recently senior program officer at the Foundation for the Mid South, earlier served with the U.S. Peace Corps as a health educator and was a member of the mobile vaccination unit in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania.
The New York City-based Surdna Foundation has announced the appointment of MICHELLE KNAPIK as director of its sustainable environments program. Knapik, currently environment program director at the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, is a lawyer by training who worked for eleven years as director of energy policy for the City of Philadelphia's Municipal Energy Office and as a legislative aide to Philadelphia councilwoman Happy Fernandez, working on policy related to low-income energy services. She succeeds SHARON ALPERT, who now serves as Surdna's senior director of programs and strategy.
Two major American nonprofits announced new executive directors this week. Atlanta-based Boys & Girls Clubs of America named JAMES CLARK as president and CEO, effective January 2, 2012. Clark, currently president and CEO of the organization's Greater Milwaukee chapter, will replace ROXANNE SPILLETT, the organization's leader for the past sixteen years and its first female president. Spillet plans to work on a part-time, special project basis for the organization after her retirement. And Save the Children in Westport, Connecticut, announced the appointment of CAROLYN MILES, currently its COO, as president and CEO; she will be the first woman to head the eighty-year-old humanitarian agency. Miles, who has worked for Save the Children since 1998, previously worked for American Express and was a successful private entrepreneur. She will replace CHARLES F. MacCORMACK, who is stepping down after more than eighteen years as the organization's chief executive.
In other news, the Toronto-based MasterCard Foundation has announced the appointment of JAMES LEECH to its board. Leech, president and CEO of the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, currently serves on the board of the Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation and on the advisory boards of the Queen's University School of Business and the Learning Partnership.