New York City-based Atlantic Philanthropies has announced the appointment of CHRISTOPHER OECHSLI as interim president and CEO and the election of PETER SMITHAM as board chair. Oechsli, most recently counsel to Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI), earlier served as general counsel and director of General Atlantic Group Ltd. (the business group that generated much of the foundation's endowment) and worked for Atlantic Philanthropies as program director for Vietnam, Australia, and Cuba as well as in its population health program. Smitham, who has served on the foundation's board for eight years, succeeds Frederick A.O. Schwarz, who served as board chair for three years. The Atlantic board also reaffirmed its commitment to spend down the foundation's endowment and keep supporting Atlantic's current programs and initiatives, and announced that it will accept applications for the president/CEO position through July 22.
The Lemelson Foundation in Portland, Oregon, has announced CAROL A. DAHL as executive director, effective July 25. Dahl, who has worked for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as director of its global health discovery team and more recently as director of staff for its global health program, previously served as vice president for strategic partnerships at Biospect, Inc. and worked at the U.S. National Institutes of Health in several capacities, including founding director of the office of technology and industrial relations at the National Cancer Institute and program director at the National Center for Human Genome Research.
The Denver-based Colorado Trust has announced the appointment of CARA B. LAWRENCE as legal counsel to its board. Lawrence is currently a partner in the Denver law firm of Heizer Paul Grueskin, where she provides business and tax advice to private foundations, public charities, and other public- and private-sector organizations. She replaces Jack D. Henderson, who served the foundation's board as legal counsel for more than two decades.
In other news, the Washington, D.C.-based Global Fund for Children has announced that the transition to its new president, KRISTIN LINDSEY, is complete. The organization's founding president, MAYA AJMERA, has accepted an appointment as a visiting scholar at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and will continue to serve on the organization's board.