People in the News (3/29/15): Appointments and Promotions

People in the News (3/29/15): Appointments and Promotions

The has announced the appointment of PAUL BROHAN as deputy director of programs. Brohan most recently served as director of artistic initiatives and as associate director for cultural participation at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park, Maryland. His thirty years of nonprofit arts management experience have included positions with the Theatre and Interpretation Center at Northwestern University; the Department of Music at the University of California, Santa Barbara; Ballet Michigan at the Flint Institute of Music; and the Department of Theatre at the University of Michigan, Flint. In addition, he has served on grant review panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation; served as a hub site representative for the National Dance Project; is a member of Theatre Communications Group; and is a past member of the African Contemporary Arts Consortium, Major University Presenters, and the Joseph Jefferson Awards. He succeeds ADAM BERNSTEIN, who has served the foundation in the deputy director role for more than nine years and announced his retirement in January.

The has announced the appointment of CHANDINI PORTTEUS as president and CEO. Portteus has worked for nearly ten years at Komen for the Cure, most recently as chief mission officer. Earlier, she worked in sales for Knoll Pharmaceutical and conducted clinical research at UT Southwestern Medical School, Children's Medical Center, the UT Houston School of Public Health, and Parkland Hospital. “Her work forging alliances with both corporate and academic partners will be extremely valuable as we launch the LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes at the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas, Austin,” said Jeff Garvey, the foundation's board chair.

has announced the planned retirement of its president and co-founder, RICH AVANZINO, this summer. Avanzino, who has led the fund for seventeen years, is a leading figure in the no-kill animal shelter movement. During his twenty-two-year tenure as president of the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, he created adoption, animal behavior, feral cat, and spay/neuter programs that have become national models. Going forward, Maddie's Fund will be led by an executive team chosen by its board.

The has announced the appointment of RAJIV SHAH to its board. Shah, a medical doctor by training, served most recently as head of the United States Agency for International Development. Earlier, he was Undersecretary of Agriculture for Research, Education and Economics as well as chief scientist at the United States Department of Agriculture. He also led the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's early efforts in global health, agriculture, and financial services. "Raj understands what our dual goals of promoting more inclusive economies and building greater resilience against shocks and stresses really mean in terms of improving lives around the world," said Judith Rodin, the foundation's president. "He was a partner…when we launched the Alliance for the Green Revolution in Africa, and more recently the Global Resilience Partnership, and I'm very pleased that our work together will continue to grow in this new capacity."

has announced the appointment of ANDREW ROMANOFF as president and CEO. Romanoff, who narrowly lost his bid to unseat incumbent Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) in 2014, has served four terms in Colorado's House of Representatives, including two terms as speaker. Earlier, he was a policy advisor to Colorado governor Roy Romer, a scholar in residence at the University of Colorado's school of public affairs, and a senior associate at management consulting firm Greenberg Baron Simon and Miller. He also founded the Posner Center for International Development. Romanoff will succeed DONALD J. MARES, who was tapped by Denver mayor Michael B. Hancock to serve as the city's executive director of behavioral health strategies.

The has announced the appointment of SIOBHAN O'RIORDAN as senior vice president of member engagement. O'Riordan, most recently director of partner development at the National Park Foundation, previously was a strategic management consultant for foundations and nonprofits, worked in communications and education programming at the Washington Area Women's Foundation, and led Associated Grant Makers' Giving Network. O'Riordan has been recognized with the Boston Business Journal's annual "40Under40" award and honored as a New Ventures in Philanthropy Fellow.

In other news, AARON DWORKIN is leaving the to become dean of the University of Michigan's school of music, theater, and dance, Crain's Detroit Business Dworkin, who founded Sphinx nineteen years ago while an undergraduate at UM, plans to return to the university on July 20, when he will begin a tenured professorship as the Paul Boylan Collegiate Professor of Music. At that time, Dworkin's wife, AFA SADYKHLY DWORKIN, currently Sphinx's executive and artistic director, will become its director. "I'm tremendously excited and have 100 percent confidence that Sphinx isn't only going to continue to thrive but go in new directions I couldn't take it under Afa's direction," Dworkin said.

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