The Nathan Cummings Foundation in New York City has announced that DANIELLE DEANE-RYAN will join the foundation as director of its Inclusive Clean Economy focus area. Deane-Ryan brings more than two decades of experience shaping advocacy and communications strategies, directing philanthropic investments, and leading equity and inclusion innovation in the clean energy sector, including service in the Obama administration as senior advisor for external affairs and acting director for stakeholder engagement at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). Prior to joining the Obama administration, Deane-Ryan was a principal at the Raben Group, where she served as executive director of Green 2.0. Prior to that, she served as the Energy and Environment program director at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and managed the Commission to Engage African Americans on Energy, Climate Change and the Environment.
The foundation also named three Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellows for 2017, each of whom will receive up to $150,000 over eighteen months to turn an inspired idea in the field of social justice into a world-changing reality. The 2017 fellows are: ANNA CLAUSSEN, a Minnesota-based leader who will revitalize rural civic participation by engaging rural communities in climate change policy through national Rural Climate Dialogues; FRANCISCA PORCHAS CORONADO, who will scale up work that began in Arizona to develop a national network of community healers who build resilience and restorative practices for immigrant communities currently facing criminalization and deportation; and JASIRI X, a Pittsburgh-based rapper and activist, who will train artists to become public advocates for social justice through the 1Hood Artivist Academy.
The Barr Foundation has announced the appointment of SUEELLEN KROLL as its new Arts & Creativity program officer. Kroll joins the foundation from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, where she has served in a variety of roles since 2004, most recently as director of grants and strategic partnerships. At the council, Kroll managed Rhode Island’s only competitive grants process specifically for the humanities and spearheaded "Catalyzing Newport," a multiyear effort to foster collaboration between the city and its cultural institutions. She also serves on the board of the Rhode Island State House Visitor’s Center and Museum and on Trinity Repertory Company's Next Generation Committee.
The Houston Endowment has announced the appointment of JOE DILG and JOHN M. ESQUIVEL to serve on its board of directors. Dilg, a vice chairman at Greenhill & Co., Inc., an international advisory-only investment banking firm, practiced law with Vinson & Elkins for nearly forty years and served as managing partner of the firm from 2002 to 2011. He currently serves as a member of the boards of the Houston Zoo and the Houston Parks Board, and as a member of the executive council of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law and Business at the University of Texas. Esquivel is retired from Shell Oil Company, where he was chief ethics and compliance officer and associate general counsel. His recent civic contributions include service as a member of the board and executive committee of National Council of La Raza; chairman of the Greater Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Justice For Our Neighbors Houston, a nonprofit organization that provides low-costly immigration services; and as a member of the board of the YMCA of Greater Houston.
The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy has announced that REBECCA LILLY BROOKS will serve as the next chair of its board of visitors, succeeding MELYNNE KLAUS, MA ‘03, director of the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, who has been a member of the board since 2010 and has chaired it since 2013. A private wealth advisor in the financial service industry, Brooks is currently reemployed by Morgan Stanley and has held positions at Goldman Sachs; Puig USA, IBM Industry Consulting, Eli Lilly & Company, Sotheby’s, and the Smithsonian Institution. She earned her MBA from Yale University and her BA from Tufts University.
The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) has announced the promotion of GISELLE LEUNG to the position of managing director. Leung joined GIIN in 2010 as the founding manager of its Investors’ Council, a leadership group for large-scale and experienced investors. In 2013, she took on the role of senior manager of strategic engagement and in 2015 was promoted to the position of director, in which role she oversaw fundraising and strategic partnerships and guided the GIIN’s European strategy. In her new role she will help lead GIIN’s efforts to develop the global impact investing industry, will oversee a number of its field-building initiatives, and will play a significant role in establishing and deepening key relationships with GIIN’s strategic partners.
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace has announced that Senior Fellow MILAN VAISHNAV will serve as the director of its South Asia Program in Washington. The author of When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics (Yale University Press and HarperCollins India, 2017) and co-editor of Rethinking Public Institutions in India (Oxford University Press, 2017), Vaishnav is an expert on India’s political economy and issues such as corruption, ethnic politics, governance and state capacity, election finance, and voter behavior. He joined Carnegie in 2012 after serving as a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Global Development.
The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia has announced that Chief Curator SYLVIE PATRY will return to the Musée d’Orsay in Paris to become deputy director for curatorial affairs and collections. Patry will continue as consulting curator at the Barnes into 2019 to oversee a roster of exhibitions she has been organizing for the foundation and to complete the catalogue raisonné of the Barnes’s Cezanne collection. Prior to joining the Barnes in January 2016, Patry had served as chief curator of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings at the Musée d’Orsay for more than a decade. CINDY KANG, associate curator, will serve as interim leader of the Barnes’s Curatorial Department, working alongside Barnes Executive Director and President Thom Collins and with Patry while the foundation launches a search to fill Patry’s post. Kang joined the Barnes Foundation earlier this year from the Bard Graduate Center in New York and prior to that held positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Frick Collection, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
In other news, the New York Times reports that SUSAN UNGARO, president of the James Beard Foundation, will step down on December 31 after eleven years. Ungaro, the former editor in chief of Family Circle magazine, joined the organization after a financial scandal resulted in the imprisonment of its previous president. Under her leadership, the organization's position in the culinary world was restored and its annual income more than tripled, to nearly $12 million; for the 2016-17 fiscal year, it expects to report a surplus of $400,000. About her decision to move on, Ungaro told the Times: "I've been at this for eleven years, and I feel I have one more adventure in my career, something meaningful, maybe one that’s less taxing than this."