People in the News (4/30/17): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (4/30/17): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The has announced the appointment of SETH BEATTIE as a program officer within its Arts & Culture Program, responsible for helping to advance the program’s goal of using creative placemaking to integrate arts, culture, and community-engaged design into development and urban planning. A native of the Detroit area, Beattie has spent most of his professional career in Cleveland, working at the intersection of arts and community development. He is, in addition, the founder of Spire + Base, a consulting firm that advises nonprofits in the development of creative placemaking strategies. A graduate of Franklin College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree with majors in political science and public relations, Beattie also has a master's degree in public administration from the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University.

The in Los Altos, California, has announced BARBARA CHOW as its new director of education, effective May 17. Chow most recently served as director of the education program at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Prior to that, she was the executive director of the National Geographic Education Foundation and spent eight years in the Clinton White House as deputy director of the Domestic Policy Council; associate director for education, income maintenance, and labor programs at the Office of Management and Budget; and as special assistant to the president for White House legislative affairs. Well-respected by her peers in philanthropy and the nonprofit world, she also has served on the board of Grantmakers for Education, including a term as its chair.

The in New York City has announced the appointment of LISA GREEN HALL to the board's investment committee as an independent advisory member. Hall's career spans more than twenty-five years in community development finance and impact investing across the for-profit, nonprofit, and government sectors. In 2013, she joined Anthos Asset Management, where she launched a new portfolio dedicated to impact investing with capital from the endowment of the family’s charity and helped establish a public profile and market presence for the Skopos Impact Fund

The in Livermore, California, has announced the election of ROSEMARIE HAVRANEK and RAY SIDNEY to its board of directors. Havranek is a Seattle-based philanthropist whose husband, Nathan Myhrvold, and son, Cameron A. Myhrvold, are Hertz Fellows. Sidney, a Hertz Fellow who has remained active in the Hertz Community since receiving his fellowship in 1991, was the second engineer to join Google in 1999 and is currently co-owner of the Ritz-Carlton Residences, Dove Mountain. He also is a member of the XPRIZE Foundation's Vision Circle and serves on various committees at MIT.

At its annual conference earlier this week, the announced new leadership to its board of directors, as well as several new members. New leadership team members include JAVIER ALBERTO SOTO, president and CEO of the Miami Foundation, who has begun a two-year term as board Chair, and JAMIE MERISOTIS, president and CEO of the Lumina Foundation, as vice chair. Soto succeeds SHERRY MAGILL, president of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, who had served as board chair since 2014. In addition, three new directors were elected to serve three-year terms on the board, starting January 1, 2018. They are DINAH DITTMAN, national director for community benefit at Kaiser Permanente; KATHLEEN McLAUGHLIN, president of the Walmart Foundation; and RIDGWAY WHITE, president of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. KENNETH JONES II, vice president of finance and administration for the Annie E. Casey Foundation, will serve a second term and continue as treasurer.

In other news, , a network of grantmakers and philanthropists committed to Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming, has announced KIRAN AHUJA as its next CEO. Ahuja brings more than two decades of public service and nonprofit sector leadership experience to her new position. From 2003 to 2008, she served as the founding executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, an advocacy and membership organization with regional chapters around the country, and then spent six years as executive director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.  Subsequently, she went on to serve as chief of staff at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, where she managed a $2 billion budget and six thousand employees broadly supporting more than two million employees across the federal government. "We were impressed by Kiran’s amazing blend of skills and experience, including her authenticity, approachability and track record for leveraging the strengths of those around her," said Raikes Foundation executive director Erin Kahn, who chaired the board search committee that selected Ahuja. "She has a gift for building strong relationships with diverse stakeholders, an important skill for an organization that serves members across six states. We are excited about the new ideas she will bring to Philanthropy Northwest, as well as her ability to further develop the great work we already have under way."

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