The New York City-based North Star Fund has announced JENNIFER CHING as its new executive director. The daughter of immigrants, Ching comes to the fund from Queens Legal Services, where she played a leading role in implementing its vision of legal services and community organizing working in tandem to advance immigrant rights, anti-racism, and economic and housing justice. Prior to that, she founded New Jersey's first immigrant workers' rights project and litigated the first case with the ACLU and Center for Constitutional Rights to obtain government information on torture and illegal detention at Guantánamo.
The Nellie Mae Education Foundation in Quincy, Massachusetts, has announced the appointments of JANET PHLEGAR and KAREN HAMMOND as chair and vice chair of its board of directors. Phlegar, a former middle and high school teacher, previously chaired the board's Organizational Measurement Committee and was a member of the Executive Finance and Grants Policy & Program committees. Previously, she served as executive director of Learning Innovations Program at WestEd, was deputy director of the Regional Laboratory for Educational Improvement of the Northeast and Islands, and was program director for a national experiential citizenship education program in Washington, D.C. She will succeed DAVID WOLK, who is stepping down at the end of his term limit but will remain on the board. Hammond, a chartered financial analyst and member of the board of directors of CYS Investments, chairs the Nellie Mae board's Investment Committee, Executive Finance, and Grants Policy & Program committees. In 2013, she retired from her position as managing director at Devonshire Investors, the private equity group affiliated with Fidelity Investments.
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. has announced the addition of CLARK MURPHY, chief executive officer of global executive search firm Russell Reynolds Associates, to its board. Murphy joined Russell Reynolds in 1988 and served in the company's Frankfurt and London offices before leading the firm's Americas division. In addition, he is a member of the board of the New York City Ballet and a former trustee of the College Foundation of the University of Virginia.
The New York City-based Innocence Project, a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice, has announced the addition of CHARLES RAMSEY and AUDREY STRAUSS to its board. Ramsey, recently retired as Philadelphia's police commissioner after eighteen years, previously served as chief of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia for nine years after a thirty-year career with the Chicago Police Department; co-chaired the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing, which was created by President Obama to strengthen community policing and trust among law enforcement officers and the communities they serve; and served as president of both Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA) and Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), an independent research organization that focuses on critical issues in policing and recommends best practices to advance professionalism in policing. Strauss recently retired as the Chief Legal Officer of Alcoa, Inc., where she also served as a member of the Alcoa Executive Council. A former senior litigation partner at the law firm Fried Frank Harris Shriver and Jacobson, she served in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York as chief appellate attorney, supervising the office's criminal appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and as Chief of the Fraud Unit. She is, in addition, the co-founder and co-chair of the Lawyers' Committee of the Innocence Project.
The Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) in Boulder, Colorado, has announced the appointment of EDWARD "TED" WHITE as chairman of its board of trustees. White, who has served on the board since 2012, will succeed JOSE MARIA FIGUERES, who is stepping down to seek re-election as the president of Costa Rica in 2018. White is a business lawyer and a partner of Denver-based Moye White LLP, where he serves as co-chair of the Advanced Energy Team. He also is managing partner of Fahr LLC, the umbrella entity for the business, policy, political and philanthropic efforts of Tom Steyer, a business leader, philanthropist and renewable energy advocate; founder and advisory board chair of Estabrook Funds; founding chair of Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado; director of the Advanced Energy Economy Institute; and director of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board.
The Center for Effective Philanthropy in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has announced the election of Wilburforce Foundation executive director PAUL BEAUDET to its board of directors. Beaudet, a member of the CEP advisory board since 2008, has been with the Seattle-based foundation since 1999, originally joining its staff as a program officer for evaluation and later serving as its associate director. He assumed the office of executive director on January 1, in which role he leads program teams that invest in science, conservation policy, and community engagement and manages the foundation's capacity-building program. Prior to joining Wilburforce, Beaudet served as associate director of the Pride Foundation, where he worked to strengthen the LGBT community in the Pacific Northwest, and also worked in fundraising and programmatic roles at the League of Conservation Voters, the Music Center of Los Angeles, the Pacific Science Center, and the University of Washington.
In other news, the board of directors of the Arab-American Family Support Center (AAFSC) In New York City has announced that RAWAA NANCY ALBILAL will join the organization as president and chief executive officer, effective March 6. Albilal, who hails from Lebanon and came to the United States with her family during the Lebanese civil war, has over a decade of leadership experience in community initiatives targeting vulnerable populations in the United Way movement; in government as director of social services with the City of Newark’s Department of Child and Family Well-Being; and in philanthropy, where she served most recently as vice president for development at Foundation Center. "Rawaa is much more than an experienced professional, she is a leader whose strength is rooted in her strong commitment to the values of justice, diversity, and hard work," said the center's president, Brad Smith. "Foundation Center benefited enormously from both her experience and her values and we are a better organization for it."