The board of directors of the in Washington, D.C., has announced that CANDICE C. JONES will serve as the foundation’s next president, starting October 1. Jones currently serves as senior advisor at Chicago CRED, an organization dedicated to reducing violence in that city by providing opportunities to those at highest risk of becoming a victim of gun violence. Prior to that, she served as director of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice and as a White House Fellow, managing a portfolio within the U.S. Department of Education that included developing education strategies for correctional institutions and driving a plan to reinstate federal Pell grants for youth and adults in custody. Her prior experience in philanthropy includes a stint as a program officer at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, where she managed a grant portfolio focused on reducing racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system.
The New York City-based (LJAF) has announced that JEREMY TRAVIS will join the foundation in September as senior vice president of criminal justice. In that role, Travis will lead LJAF’s criminal justice group, which is expanding its reach with two additional hires: AMY SOLOMAN, a former director of policy for the Office of Justice Programs at the U.S. Department of Justice, will join the foundation as vice president of criminal justice policy; and KRISTIN BECHTEL, a seasoned researcher who has led implementation of justice reforms across the country, will act as director of criminal justice research. Over his distinguished career, Travis has served as director of the National Institute of Justice, the DOJ’s research arm; as a senior fellow at the Urban Institute; as deputy commissioner for legal matters for the New York City Police Department; and as a law clerk to then-U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Since 2004, he has served as president of John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York, leading its transformation into one of the country’s leading research and educational institutions in criminal justice.
The in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has announced that TOM BROWN has joined the foundation as its new vice president of programs, in which role he will oversee the work of the trust’s two program areas — Health Improvement in North Carolina and Local Impact in Forsyth County. Prior to joining the trust, Brown was the senior corporate grant writer at Novant Health Foundation and, before that, served in several leadership roles with nonprofits and foundations, including executive director of REAL Entrepreneurship, senior program officer at the North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund, and executive director of Faith in Action, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He also served as special assistant to Chancellor Alex Ewing for his entire tenure at the UNC School of the Arts, where he was instrumental in the creation of the School of Filmmaking and the establishment of the school’s Summer Institute on Roanoke Island.
The has announced the appointment of JULIA WEEDE as chief communications and digital strategies officer, responsible for overseeing the foundation’s internal and external communications. Weede comes to the foundation from global communications and marketing firm Edelman, where she was an executive vice president in charge of the education division. Prior to that, she worked with numerous colleges and universities, including Carnegie Mellon University; philanthropic foundations, education nonprofits, and research institutes, including the Institute for Advanced Study; and education companies such as Pearson and Follett.
The board of directors of the has named JENNIFER ASHLEY PhD, as its new chair, succeeding KEVIN J. DANEHY, who has served as chair for seven years and will continue to serve on the board. Ashley, an MHA-NYC board member since 2013, is the global director of human resources at CBRE, the world’s largest commercial real estate services firm. The board also announced that it is adding CEO to the title of KIMBERLY WILLIAMS, its current president, in recognition of her strategic leadership, effective management, and dedication to the organization.