People in the News (5/11/14): Appointments and Promotions

People in the News (5/11/14): Appointments and Promotions

The has announced the appointment of HERMINIA PALACIO as director and senior program officer, human capital and leadership. Palacio has spent the past ten years serving as executive director of Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services in Houston and also has held academic appointments at the medical schools of the University of Texas, Baylor College, and the University of California at San Francisco. "It is a great privilege to have Herminia join our staff at this critical juncture," said RWJF president and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey. "She has the experience, knowledge, and insight into both the practice of medicine and public health, and experience bridging the two that is critical for developing a new generation of leaders focused on creating a culture of health."

The in Walnut Creek, California, has announced the appointment of MARK FRIEDMAN as CEO, effective June 1. In that position, Friedman will oversee the foundation's strategy to spend down its $90 million endowment by 2022. For the past fifteen years, Friedman has been CEO of First 5 Alameda County, an early childhood agency that the foundation has partnered with for many years. Friedman also is a city councilman in El Cerrito and was appointed by California governor Jerry Brown to serve on the California State Advisory Council on Early Learning and Care.

The in Dayton, Ohio, has announced the appointment of VALERIE LEMMIE as director of exploratory research. Lemmie, most recently director of the Eastern Interconnection States Planning Council, earlier served as city manager for Dayton, Cincinnati, and Petersburg, Virginia. She also was district director for Ohio congressman Mike Turner and board chair of the National Academy of Public Administration, where she will continue to serve as a fellow and member of the organization's Africa Working Group.

The has announced the appointment of JOHN E. LEONARD to its board of trustees. Leonard, an AACR member since 1986, has worked in the biotechnology industry since 1988 and has served in numerous leadership positions at Vaccinex, Inc., where since 2009 he has served as an officer. Leonard also is president and chief executive officer of the , which supports translational research, STEM education, aid to the disadvantaged, and the environment. A veteran of the first Gulf War, Leonard is a retired colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve's Medical Service Corps.

has announced the appointment of environmental campaigner ANNIE LEONARD as executive director. Leonard, creator of the influential Story of Stuff documentary and project, began her career at Greenpeace International in 1988. She currently serves on the boards of Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) and Public Citizen, and previously served on the boards of the Grassroots Recycling Network, the Environmental Health Fund, Global Greengrants India, Greenpeace India, and the International Forum on Globalization. Leonard, who is based in the Bay Area, will lead the organization from its San Francisco office.

The has announced the appointment of BENJAMIN JEALOUS as a senior fellow. Jealous, whose fellowship will involve tracking political trends affecting civil and human rights and developing policy solutions that ensure equity and opportunity for all Americans, joined Kapor Capital as a partner in March. Prior to that, he served as president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, where he began his career in 1991 as a community organizer. Jealous also served as president of the Rosenberg Foundation and was founding director of Amnesty International's U.S. Human Rights Program.

In other news, TED MITCHELL, CEO of the , has been confirmed as under secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. Mitchell, a longtime leader in education reform at both the K-12 and higher education levels, joined NewSchools in 2005. Earlier, he served as president of Occidental College, as vice chancellor and dean of UCLA's School of Education and Information Studies, as chairman of the Education Department at Dartmouth College, and, from 2008 to 2010, as president of the California State Board of Education. 

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