The Commonwealth Fund has announced the appointment of DAVID BLUMENTHAL as president, effective January 1, 2013. Blumenthal, currently Samuel O. Thier Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief health information and innovation officer at Partners Healthcare System in Boston, currently chairs the fund's Commission on a High Performance Health System. Earlier, he served as U.S. National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, director of the Institute for Health Policy, and professor of medicine and health policy at Massachusetts General Hospital/Partners Healthcare System and Harvard Medical School, and was a practicing primary care physician. He also has served as a board member and national correspondent for the New England Journal of Medicine and on the staff of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Health and Scientific Research. He is, in addition, the founding chairman of AcademyHealth,a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, and a member of the Institute of Medicine.
The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health has announced the appointment of MARIA FREIRE as president, effective November 1, 2012. Freire, currently president of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, previously served as president and CEO of the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development and director of the Office of Technology Transfer at the National Institutes of Health, and led the Office of Technology Development at the University of Maryland at Baltimore and the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Her accomplishments in the fields of health and health research have been recognized with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary's Award for Distinguished Service, the Arthur S. Flemming Award, the Bayh-Dole Award, a Fulbright Fellowship, and two U.S. Congressional Science Fellowships.
The Community Foundations National Standards Board has announced the election of HUGH RALSTON as president. Ralston, president and CEO of the Ventura County Community Foundation, has served on the organization's board since 2009. His nonprofit sector experience includes service as executive director of the Catholic Education Foundation in Los Angeles and as a director/trustee for many organizations, including Scripps College, the San Francisco Theological Seminary, Southern California Grantmakers, the Workforce Investment Board of Ventura County, the Ventura County Community Commission, the Community Arts Music Association of Santa Barbara, and KDB Radio.
The William Penn Foundation has announced the appointment of PHOENIX WANG as director of strategic investments, a new position. Wang, co-founder of the social enterprise Startl, was named by Fast Company as one of the "100 Most Creative People" in 2010. Her experience includes leadership positions at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, NBC/iVillage.com, Accenture Consulting, and Excel International.
In other news, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has announced the appointment of PETER ORSZAG and BILL FRIST to its board, effective January 13, 2013. Orszag, an economist, currently serves as vice chair of global banking at Citigroup and is a contributing columnist at Bloomberg View and an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Before joining Citigroup, he served as the thirty-seventh director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Barack Obama. Frist, a noted heart-lung transplant surgeon who currently works as a partner in the private equity firm Cressey & Co., earlier served two terms (R-TN) in the United States Senate and became the third-youngest Senate Majority Leader in U.S. history after Trent Lott (R-MS) resigned from that position in 2002.