The and foundations have announced the appointment of BEN CAMERON as president, effective January 4, 2016. Cameron, currently arts program director at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, is also executive director of the Theatre Communications Group. Earlier, he served as a senior program officer at the Dayton Hudson Foundation and was manager of community relations for Target Stores. Cameron also has supervised grant programs focused on organizations and individual artists in the theater, contemporary dance, jazz, and presenting fields. In his new role, Cameron will be based in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
The has announced the planned departure of ELSPETH REVERE at the end of November after more than twenty-four years of service. Revere, currently the foundation's vice president for media, culture, and special initiatives, came aboard as a program officer in 1991. In the years since, she has designed and implemented grantmaking initiatives on issues ranging from human rights to copyright to community service for young adults. She also serves on the foundation’s senior leadership group. "She is the consummate grantmaker, always listening, curious to learn more, and a valued colleague across the entire foundation,” said the foundation's president, Julia Stasch.
The has announced the planned departure of DANIELLE M. REYES this month. Reyes, a key member of the foundation's staff since 2002, currently serves as a senior program officer and leads the foundation's Economic Security and Strong Nonprofit Sector grantmaking. The foundation noted that Reyes helped define its grantmaking strategies and priorities in legal services, workforce development, and capacity building, and also was instrumental in launching its social media presence and outreach. In addition, she has held leadership roles at several nonprofit and social service organizations, including service as founding chair of the Metropolitan DC Hispanics in Philanthropy Funders Collaborative, national chair of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, and commissioner of Serve DC, the district government's office of volunteerism.
The has announced the promotion of JEFF BAIRD from senior program associate to program officer and the appointment of ROY AGLOINGA as program officer. Baird, who has worked at the foundation since 2011, previously was a law clerk for the Alaska Court System in Anchorage and Bethel. Earlier, he spent six years reporting for daily newspapers in North Dakota and Minnesota. Agloinga, most recently COO and interim president/CEO at Norton Sound Health Corporation, currently sits on the board of Western States Arts Federation. Earlier, he served as tribal affairs director at Nome nonprofit Kawarek and as rural director for the municipality of Anchorage under former mayor Mark Begich. He is a native and lifelong Alaskan, and a fluent speaker of Iñupiaq.
The has announced the conclusion of NANCY TELLOR's service on its board and the appointment of her sister, SUSAN HOFF, in her place. (The foundation’s charter requires one of Richard M. Schulze's four children to serve in two-year rotations on its eight-member board.) Tellor, who served as the foundation's first executive director — and staff member — from 2004 to 2012, previously was president of the Richard M. and Sandra J. Schulze Family Fund. She also worked at her father's company, Best Buy, as a trainer, producer, and brand manager in advertising, and now plans to focus on her business, a candy and gelato shop in Edwards, Colorado.
The has announced the elections of JEFFREY SOLOMON and DAVID AGGER to its board. Solomon's eighteen-year career in Jewish philanthropy includes service as president of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies and as senior vice president and COO of UJA-Federation of New York. He also was an adjunct associate professor at New York University. Agger is a financial investor who volunteers in both the Jewish and secular communities. He currently is a trustee of the Bernard Osher Jewish Philanthropies, a foundation with which he has been involved for twenty-five years, and is a past president of the Mt. Zion Health Fund and a recipient of the Lloyd Dinkelspiel Award for Young Leadership from the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco. For the past year, Agger served as a member-at-large of the Jim Joseph Foundation investment committee, a committee he now will chair.
ERIC JOLLY is leaving as president of the Science Museum of Minnesota to take the helm at , TwinCities.com . Jolly, who has led the museum since 2004, has been an artist, researcher, teacher, and administrator, and has served in a variety of roles at educational institutions, including the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and at a number of museums, including the National Museum and Library Services. His reputation for delivering science education to diverse populations was attractive to Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, which noted that Jolly will lead efforts to advance racial equity in the state through initiatives "such as closing the achievement gap between minority and white students." Jolly will succed CARLEEN RHODES, who last announced plans to step down.
In other news, the has named JACQUELINE WOODSON as young people's poet laureate. Awarded every two years, the $25,000 laureate title is given to a living writer in recognition of a career devoted to writing exceptional poetry for young readers. The laureate, in turn, advises the foundation on matters relating to young people's literature. Woodson is the author of more than thirty books for children and young adults, and has won several awards, including the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults, a St. Katharine Drexel Award, and an Anne V. Zarrow Award for Young Readers’ Literature. "Jacqueline Woodson is an elegant, daring, and restlessly innovative writer," said Poetry Foundation president Robert Polito. "So many writers settle on a style and a repertoire of gestures and subjects, but Woodson, like her characters, is always in motion and always discovering something fresh." In recognition of Woodson's achievements, the foundation is featuring her in a podcast and an .