The New York City-based Markle Foundation has announced the appointment of DENIS McDONOUGH as senior principal. In that role, McDonough, White House chief of staff for President Barack Obama’s second term and a former deputy national security advisor, will work with the foundation's team to design and develop a strategy to scale Skillful, a partnership of the foundation with LinkedIn, the state of Colorado, Arizona State University, and others aimed at transforming America's outdated labor market to reflect the needs of the twenty-first century digital economy.
The Denver-based Colorado Health Foundation has announced the hire of BRUCE BYINGTON as its first chief impact officer (CIO). In that role, Byington, a longtime employee of the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), will oversee the foundation's grantmaking, evaluation, policy and advocacy, program-related investments, and engagement with the private sector and will share responsibility with President and CEO Karen McNeil-Miller for overseeing the foundation's communications efforts.
KELVIN TAKETA, president and CEO of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation, has announced he plans step down after nineteen years at the helm of the foundation, Maui Now reports. Taketa joined the foundation as president and CEO in 1998, and under his leadership it tripled its annual distributions to the community, to over $47 million in 2016, while increasing its assets from $230 million to $615 million. Named by the NonProfit Times as one of the 50 most powerful and influential people in the sector on a number of occasions, Taketa serves on the boards of Hawaiian Electric Industries, the Hawaiian Electric Company, the Hawai‘i Leadership Forum, Feeding America, and the Stupski Foundation and previously served on the board of Independent Sector, Grove Farm (Kaua‘i), Sustainable Conservation, and Civic Ventures, now Encore.org. The foundation’s board of governors has established a search committee to find his replacement, at which time Taketa will transition into a part-time senior advisory role with the foundation.
The Ford Foundation has announced the election of BRYAN STEVENSON to its board of trustees. A professor at the New York University School of Law and author of the best-selling Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) in Montgomery, Alabama, and the visionary behind the From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration Museum and Memorial to Peace and Justice, which commemorates more than four thousand individuals who were lynched in twelve southern states between 1877 and 1950.
The J. Paul Getty Trust has announced the appointment of PAMELA J. JOYNER to its board of trustees. A veteran of the investment industry, Joyner is the founder of Avid Partners, LLC and a director of First Republic Bank. She is, in addition, a trustee of the Art Institute of Chicago, a trustee of the Tate Americas Foundation, a member of the Tate International Council and Tate North America Acquisitions Committee, a member of the Director's Circle of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and a member of the Modern and Contemporary Art Visiting Committee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Pamela J. Joyner Alfred J. Giuffrida Collection of Abstract Art, which she established in 1999, is widely recognized as one of the most significant collections of modern and contemporary art by African American and African Diasporic artists in the world.
Following a national search, the board of directors of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy (CCP) has announced the appointment of KARLA FORTUNATO as the organization’s new president, effective May 1. Fortunato comes to CCP after thirteen years at the Health and Environmental Funders Network (HEFN), a national alliance of sixty philanthropic organizations based in Rockville, Maryland. Prior to joining HEFN, she served as associate director of policy for Health Care for All in Boston and as a consultant for the Public Policy Institute, also in Boston. Fortunato will be the fourth president of CCP since its inception in 1969, following Maggie Gunther Osborn, who departed in June 2016 for the national Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers. David Davison, past president and CEO of the American Savings Foundation, will continue to serve as interim president until Fortunato arrives.
The ONE Campaign, the poverty-fighting advocacy organization co-founded by philanthropist and U2 frontman Bono, has announced GAYLE SMITH, a former administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, as its next president and CEO. Smith, who will assume her position in late March, will succeed Michael Elliott, who passed away in July 2016, and interim CEO Adrian Lovett. The organization also announced that it has hired SALLY CANFIELD — former deputy chief of staff to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) — as its senior director of U.S. government relations.
In other news, Carnegie Corporation of New York has announced that its president VARTAN GREGORIAN, was awarded the medal of Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor at a ceremony at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York City on February 9. The French ambassador to the United States, Gérard Araud, presented the insignia to Gregorian in recognition of his three-decade effort to strengthen Franco-American relations, advance links between French and American institutions of higher education, and promote the study of French culture and language. "Vartan Gregorian is a visionary and a living example of the modern man of letters, for whom education and knowledge is the key to opportunity and peace," said Araud. "It is through cultural exchanges and by opening new pathways of cooperation that we promote understanding in the world. Vartan Gregorian has been a true partner in our advancement of dual language education in public schools. His love for the French language and culture has been a pleasure to discover."