People in the News (6/26/16): Appointments and Promotions

People in the News (6/26/16): Appointments and Promotions

The has announced ANDREW D. KOPPLIN as its new president and CEO, succeeding ALBERT RUESGA, who had served as president and CEO since 2009. Kopplin joins the foundation from the administration of New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu, where, as first deputy mayor and chief administrative officer, he was responsible for developing and overseeing the city’s operating and capital budgets and managing its daily operations. Prior to serving in city government, Kopplin worked as executive vice president for growth strategy and development and Teach for America and served for three years as executive director of the Louisiana Recovery Authority and chief of staff for Governors Kathleen Blanco and Murphy J. Foster, Jr.

The has promoted KEITH A. MAHONEY to the position of vice president of communications and public affairs, effective July 1. Mahoney, who joined the foundation in 2010 and until recently was its senior director for public affairs, has been serving as interim vice president of communications and public affairs since mid-February.

The has announced MIMI CLARKE CORCORAN as its new president, effective July 11. Corcoran, who will succeed JAMES H. WENDORF, currently serves as vice president of talent development at New Visions for Public Schools and prior to that served as president and CEO of ANDRUS, a nonprofit focused on helping individuals and families overcome extreme childhood adversity. Earlier, Corcoran spent eight years in a variety of leadership roles at the Open Society Foundations and eight years as executive director of the Beginning with Children Foundation, a pioneering nonprofit that operated two charter schools in Brooklyn.  In addition, she has a long history of nonprofit board service and currently serves on the boards of the Hunt Institute, Civic Builders, and ExpandEdSchools.

The board of trustees of has named JESSE MILAN, JR. as interim president and CEO, pending the selection and start of a permanent president and CEO later this year. A community advocate and nationally recognized leader on HIV/AIDS policies and programs, Milan has thirty years of experience in executive roles in both the public and private sectors, including five years as co-chair of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Advisory Committee on HIV and STD Prevention and Treatment (CHAC). A lawyer by background, Milan received the 2015 Public Service Award from the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC). 

The , a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing, has announced the appointment of PETER MALIK as director of membership. Malik comes to GIIN from the Nature Conservancy, where he served as managing director for corporate engagements. Earlier, he served as director for the Natural Resources Defense Council's Center for Market Innovation and as head of emerging markets structured credit financing for JPMorgan Securities in London.

The has announced the addition of GERALD RICHARDS and ELIZABETH SOBOL to its board of directors. Richards, the chief executive officer of 826 National, has more than twenty years of management and development experience at national nonprofit organizations and is a sought-after speaker on topics of youth writing and creativity and education access. Sobol, a music executive, most recently served as president and CEO of Universal Music Classics (UMC) and prior to that was managing director of IMG Artists North and South America, having joined the company at its inception in 1984.

TRACEY McCANTS LEWIS, an assistant clinical professor at the Duquesne University School of Law, has been named to a three-year term on the board of the in Pittsburgh. A 2005 recipient of Pittsburgh Magazine’s "40 Under 40 Award" and the New Pittsburgh Courier’s "Fabulous 40" award, McCants Lewis teaches in Duquesne’s Civil Rights Clinic and Unemployment Compensation Clinic, where her research focuses on critical race theory, feminist legal theory, legal storytelling in clinical legal education, and re-entry justice.

In other news, the has announced that SYLVIA YEE will be stepping down at the end of August as vice president of programs. Yee was hired as the fund’s first senior program officer in 1993 and over the years, according to a blog post by the fund’s president, Ira Hirschfield, has been an intellectual and strategic force behind the fund’s work. "When I think about Sylvia and the impact she has had," said Hirschfield, "I think about countless children whose futures are brighter because of the pioneering youth-serving organizations she helped to create and steer to ever-greater results. I think about the young people enrolled in our city’s public schools and at UC Berkeley who are benefiting from what is happening at those institutions to improve opportunities and outcomes for all students. And, I think about immigrants in California who have opportunities they didn’t have before, and about gay couples across the country who can now be married, because Sylvia played a leadership role in helping the Fund and our movement partners think strategically about how to move hearts and minds on these issues." Hirschfield also announced that Senior Program Director MATT FOREMAN will serve as interim managing director of programs for the fund starting September 1, while the future of the role of vice president of programs, and the person who fills that role, will be determined by the fund's new president when that person comes on board in early 2017.

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