The Ford Foundation in New York City has named DARREN WALKER vice president for education, creativity, and free expression, succeeding Alison R. Bernstein, who has retired after fourteen years at the foundation. Walker, currently vice president for foundation initiatives at the Rockefeller Foundation, earlier was chief operating officer of the Abyssinian Development Corporation in Harlem.
The Miami-based Knight Foundation has announced the appointment of ROBERT BRIGGS as board chair. Briggs became a foundation trustee in 2002 and served as vice chair from 2005 until his appointment as chair-elect in 2009. He is president of the Akron-based GAR Foundation and chairman emeritus and former CEO of the law firm Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs.
The Siemens Foundation in Iselin, New Jersey, has appointed JENIFFER HARPER-TAYLOR as president. Harper-Taylor has worked with the foundation for ten years managing programs that support and recognize the scientists and engineers of tomorrow. A native of Atlanta, she was active in several community organizations there, including Big Brothers and Big Sisters, the NAACP, and the Urban League.
In other news, Bancroft, a provider of education, residential, vocational and rehabilitation services for children and adults with neurological challenges in Haddonfield, New Jersey, has named JOSEPH FLAMINI as chief operating officer. Flamini most recently was vice president of administration and facility operations at St. Francis Medical Center and earlier served as CEO at Lourdes Health System.