People in the News (7/24/11): Appointments, Promotions, and Obituaries

People in the News (7/24/11): Appointments, Promotions, and Obituaries

The Blandin Foundation in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, has announced the appointment of KATHLEEN ANNETTE as CEO. Annette, currently acting deputy director for field operations at the Indian Health Service in Bemidji, served on Blandin's board from 1991-2003 and has been involved with the Blandin Foundation American Indian Advisory Committee since 2004. A life-long resident of rural Minnesota, she succeeds JIM HOOLIHAN, who has served as CEO of the foundation since 2004 and will return, as long expected, to the private sector on October 1.

The New York City-based Century Foundation has announced the appointment of JANICE NITTOLI as president. Nittoli, formerly associate vice president and managing director of the Rockefeller Foundation, previously served as a senior executive at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, president of the National Center for Health Education, and in New York City government as an assistant commissioner in the Department of Health and as a senior official at the Human Resources Administration and Board of Education. Prior to that, Nitooli worked on social policy issues for New York City Council president Carol Bellamy. She will succeed RICHARD C. LEONE, who is retiring after leading the foundation for twenty-two years.

Americans for UNFPA, the national committee for the United Nations Population Fund, has announced the appointment of VALERIE DeFILLIPO as president. Most recently vice president of international health for research organization Abt Associates, DeFillipo previously served as director of external affairs for the International Planned Parenthood Federation in London and has worked for more than thirty years in public affairs, global advocacy, and program management, with a focus on women's reproductive health and rights issues.

The New York City-based Environmental Defense Fund has announced the appointment of former congressman ANDREW MAGUIRE (D-NJ) as vice president of its health programs. Maguire, most recently a senior advisor to GAVI's Every Child Campaign and Clean Air-Cool Planet initiative, was actively involved in environmental policy and health legislation during his congressional career. He has since served as vice president of policy affairs for the World Resources Institute and as president and CEO of EnterpriseWorks Worldwide.

The Charities Aid Foundation America in Alexandria, Virginia, has announced the planned departure of its CEO, SUSAN SAXON-HARROLD, at the end of August. Saxon-Harrold, who led the organization for nine years and will become an advisor to a new family foundation focusing on charitable giving in China and Haiti, was elected a fellow of the British Royal Society of Arts, Manufacturing, and Commerce in 2008 for her work and research in global philanthropy and voluntarism and has been a director of Southampton Row Trust Ltd. since 2007. While CAFAmerica searches for a new CEO, director of finance DAVID VENNE will serve as acting CEO.

Boston-based Social impact consulting org FSG has announced the election of JANE WALES to its board. Wales, a global leader in the philanthropic sector, is founding president of the Global Philanthropy Forum and has served as vice president of philanthropy and society at the Aspen Institute and as president and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Northern California. Wales also chaired international security programs at the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the W. Alton Jones Foundation, and directed the Project on World Security at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. She is the former national executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility, which shared in the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize during her tenure, and also worked in the Clinton and Carter administrations.

The London-based Institute for Philanthropy has announced the appointment of TRACY MACK as managing director of its U.S. branch in New York City. Mack, currently president of Harbor Philanthropy, served as senior officer of philanthropic services at the Pew Charitable Trusts from 2004 until January 2011. Previously, she was a senior associate at executive search firm Spencer Stuart and an attorney with Marks, O'Neill, Reilly Courtney & O'Brien.

SONAL SHAH, head of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, plans to step down from her post on August 1, the Chronicle of Philanthropy reports. Shah, who has led the office since its creation in 2009, previously was head of global development at Google.org and served on President Obama's transition advisory board prior to his taking office.

In other news, PND notes the passing of MYRA HIATT KRAFT, a Boston-area philanthropist who died of cancer this week at the age of 68. Kraft and her husband, Robert, chairman and chief executive the Kraft Group, a diversified holding company whose properties include the New England Patriots and Gillette Stadium, ranked among the city's most influential and generous couples. Organizations she supported financially and with board service as well as volunteer time include the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, Brandeis University, the Boston Foundation, the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, Brigham and Women's Hospital, the American Repertory Theater, and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. The Krafts' last major gift as a couple, $20 million to Partners HealthCare, was announced in January.

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