People in the News (12/18/16): Appointments and Promotions

People in the News (12/18/16): Appointments and Promotions

The  has announced the appointment of TONYA WILLIAMS as vice president for policy, communications and knowledge analytics and DION SANTANA TRAHAN as director of advance. In their respective positions, both of which are new, Williams and Trahan will report to AJ Jones II, the foundation’s chief policy and communications officer. Williams most recently served as the special assistant to the vice president and director of legislative affairs for Vice President Joe Biden and prior to that served as chief of staff and floor assistant for Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) and as director of intellectual property policy for North and South America at GlaxoSmithKline. Trahan, who will be responsible for managing a portfolio of communication projects across the foundation, previously served as the director of healthcare and benefits solutions at Micropact in Herndon, Virginia; as a deputy healthcare client executive for Enterprise Information Management in Rosslyn, Virginia; as a senior consultant at Booz | Allen | Hamilton in Rockville, Maryland; as a law clerk at Donald H. Hadley, LLC in Rockville; and as a professional staff member and counsel for the U.S. House Veterans’ Affairs Committee in Washington, D.C. Trahan also served as an armor tank platoon commander during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The  in New York City has announced that ELIZABETH MENDEZ BERRY and ISAAC LURIA will join the foundation’s Voice, Creativity and Culture team. In her role as director, Méndez Berry, currently a program officer at the Surdna Foundation, where she manages the Artists Engaging in Social Change portfolio, will shape strategies focused on arts and culture, narrative change, and pop culture. Luria, currently vice president at Auburn Theological Seminary and a co-founder of Groundswell, a digital platform where people of faith participate in social action, will work to develop strategies focused on religious traditions and contemplative practices as well as support the foundation’s grantmaking in Israel.

The  in Los Angeles have announced the appointment of KATHARINE "K.C." KRIEGER as chief investment officer. In that role, Krieger, working closely with founder Eli Broad and the investment committee, will manage the foundations’ $2.5 billion investment portfolio. Krieger, who has worked with Broad since 2001 to help manage the foundations’ investment portfolio as well as the Broad family’s personal investments, will succeed MARC A. SCHWARTZ, who is leaving after more than six years with the foundations to pursue other opportunities.

CHRISTY MacLEAR, the chief executive of the , has been hired by auction house Sotheby’s to expand its advisory services for living artists and for artists’ estates and foundations, the New York Times reports. In that role, MacLear, who has run the Rauschenberg Foundation since 2010 and before that was executive director of the Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut, will work with Allan Schwartzman, a longtime art adviser and a member of the firm Art Agency, Partners, which was acquired by Sotheby's in January.

The  has named GEN. LLOYD J. AUSTIN III, U.S. Army (Ret.), the former commander of United States Central Command (CENTCOM), and MARCIA McNUTT, a distinguished geophysicist and president of the National Academy of Sciences, to its board of trustees. Austin began his career in the U.S. Army in 1975 as a second lieutenant in the infantry and rose through the ranks to command troops in combat at the 1-, 2-, 3-, and 4-star levels. Along the way, he has served in numerous command and staff positions, including Operation Safe Haven in Panama with the 82nd Airborne Division; Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 as assistant division commander for the 3rd Infantry Division; and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan as the commander of the 10th Mountain Division (Light). Dr. McNutt began her academic career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she directed the Joint Program in Oceanography/Applied Ocean Science & Engineering, and is a veteran of more than a dozen deep-sea expeditions, on most of which she was chief or co-chief scientist. In addition, she has served as president and chief executive officer of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) and, from 2009 to 2013, directed the Department of the Interior’s U.S. Geological Survey. McNutt served as editor-in-chief of the Science family of journals from 2013 to 2016 and on July 1 of this year began a six-year term as the 22nd president of the National Academy of Sciences, succeeding RALPH J. CICERONE, who served two terms as NAS president and who also was a member of Carnegie Corporation’s board of trustees until his unexpected death in November 2016.

The  in Portland, Oregon, has announced the election of JANET HAMADA and MITCH HORNECKER to its board of trustees. A native of Chicago’s South Side, Hamada has a long history in the nonprofit sector and currently serves as executive director of The Next Door, Inc., a social service organization that works to strengthen children and families and improve communities in seven counties in the mid-Columbia region. Born and raised in Medford, Hornecker recently stepped away from the day-to-day operations of Howard S. Wright Construction, where he served in several capacities over eight years. Prior to joining Wright, he practiced law for more than twenty years with Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt and acted as the company’s primary outside counsel for a decade. A co-founder of New Avenues for Youth, which works to prevent youth homelessness, Hornecker also serves as chair emeritus of the Portland Business Alliance’s board of directors. To make room for Hamada and Hornecker, two long-serving board members, JOHN EMRICK, who joined the trust’s board in 1997, and GEORGE PUENTES, who joined the board in 2007, will step down at the end of this year.

The New York City-based  has announced that JAMES MANYIKA has joined its board of directors. A senior partner at McKinsey & Company who has been based in Silicon Valley for twenty years, Manyika has worked with leading technology companies on a variety of issues, including strategy and innovation. He also is director of the McKinsey Global Institute, where he serves as one of three global leaders of McKinsey’s business and economics research arm, and on McKinsey & Company’s Shareholder Council. A co-author of the book America’s Moment: Creating Opportunity in the Connected Age, Manyika has published many academic and business articles and has spoken about the global economy at forums around the world, including the White House, G20/B20, the UN General Assembly, the European Commission, Moscow Open Innovations, and the Vatican.

The in Westport, Connecticut, has announced the election of JOHN W. EVERETS to its board. Currently a partner at Arcturus Capital in Boston, Everets was the lead investor and chair and CEO at the Bank of Maine before it was merged into Camden National Corporation in 2015. Before that, he served as chair of Yorkshire Capital; as chair and CEO of HPSC, which was acquired by General Electric; and as a director or trustee of many public companies and nonprofit organizations, including the Soane Museum Foundation, the Trust for America’s Health, and the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain, Connecticut.  

 has announced the addition of NICHOLE MAHER (Northwest Health Foundation), ALEESHA TOWNS-BAIN (Rasmuson Foundation), and HUONG VU (Boeing Company) to its board. Maher, he youngest president of a major foundation in the Northwest, currently serves on several national boards, including Grantmakers in Health, Comcast NBC, and the National Urban Indian Family Coalition. In her role at the Rasmuson Foundation, Towns-Bain oversees external affairs, government affairs, and events and also works on Recover Alaska, a collaborative aimed at reducing harms associated with excessive alcohol consumption in the state. Vu has directly managed up to $100 million in philanthropic investments for foundations, corporate giving and national re-granting programs over the years and currently oversees Boeing’s Northwest Region’s arts, culture, and civic engagement portfolio. Before joining Boeing, she served as the senior arts program officer at the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, was guest curator at contemporary performance center On the Boards, the director of grants programs at the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, and a fellow at the National Endowment for the Arts. She also serves on the boards of the Seattle Parks Foundation and Association of Performing Arts Presenters.  

In other news, the Associated Press reports that HOWARD BUFFETT, billionaire investor Warren Buffett’s oldest son, is planning to step down from the board of the  Company so he can spend more time running , which works to improve agriculture in the developing world. Buffett continues to serve on the board of Omaha-based , his father’s conglomerate, on which he has served since 1993.

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