The has announced the appointment of HAROLD O. LEVY as executive director. Levy, most recently a manager of early stage capital investments in the education sector, previously served as New York City schools chancellor and started Kaplan University’s online school of education. Earlier, he had a distinguished career in financial services and law, including service as director of global compliance as well as associate general counsel at Citigroup. In addition, Levy serves on several corporate and philanthropic boards and was appointed by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan to the Committee on Measures of Student Success. He will replace MATTHEW QUINN, who has served as the foundation's acting executive director for the last year, and was its founding executive director from 2000 until his retirement in 2009.
The has announced the appointment of FATIMA ANGELES as vice president of programs. Angeles, who has served in an interim capacity since last August, has worked at the foundation in progressively senior program and grantmaking roles since 1998. Before joining the foundation, she was a program associate at the Hasbro Children's Foundation in New York City and worked for the Commonwealth Fund and in the corporate philanthropy program at Pfizer Inc. She currently serves as board vice chair for Grantmakers In Health and as board secretary for Northern California Grantmakers.
The has announced the appointments of FELICIA DEHANEY as director of education and learning, LOREN HARRIS as director of family economic security, and ESTHER NIEVES as director of community engagement and leadership. In addition, the foundation announced that REGGIE LaGRAND will become program officer for its Community Leadership Network and MARK A. MOORE will become a program officer for its work in Grand Rapids, Michigan. DeHaney joined the foundation after serving as president and CEO of the National Black Child Development Institute in Washington, D.C. Harris, who has worked at the foundation as a program officer in its Family Economic Security area since January this year, formerly served as founding CEO of social enterprise firm KIREN Legacy Enterprises. Nieves, who has worked at the foundation as a program officer for community and civic engagement since December 2010, formerly served as national director of the Human Migration and Mobility/Project Voice for the American Friends Service Committee and as an independent consultant to nonprofits. LaGrand, who has worked at the foundation since 2007, was most recently co-lead for its programming in Battle Creek, Michigan, and earlier served as a director for the Calhoun County Juvenile Home, as a probation officer for Calhoun County Juvenile Court, and as assistant vice principal at the Ann J. Kellogg Elementary School in Battle Creek. Moore, currently a program officer atr the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, earlier worked in fundraising and other positions at Indiana University, the Urban League of Philadelphia, and Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana.
president JIM CANALES has announced a reorganization of the organization's staff and functions. KERRI HURLEY, the foundation's longtime grant manager, will assume greater strategic responsibility and leadership in the newly created role of director of grants management, and will be supported by CHRISTI TRITTON, currently a program assistant, who will move into the role of grants management associate. IFY MORA, who has served the foundation for several years as chief of staff, will take on the new role of director of operations. Canales also announced that each of the foundation's core programs will have a dedicated program assistant, with LAUREN WOODY moving to the arts and culture program and EMILY SIDLA moving to the Global program; the foundation expects to launch searches for program assistants in its Climate and Education areas shortly. Lastly, Canales announced that TREVOR POLLACK, currently associate director of institutional giving at the Handel & Haydn Society, will join the foundation as manager of special projects, reporting directly to him, effective mid-August.
The has announced the appointment of PATRICK R. RICCARDS as director of media relations and strategy. Riccards, an award-winning education communications strategist with nearly twenty years' experience, previously served as CEO of the Connecticut Coalition for Achievement. He began his career on Capitol Hill working in communications roles for Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-WV), Sen. Bill Bradley (D-NJ), and Rep. John Olver (D-MA).
The has announced the hires of JAVIER SANCHEZ as grants manager and LYDIA FARES as administrative assistant. Sanchez, formerly grants and database manager for the Home Depot Foundation, earlier served as a vice president and grants associate at the Citi Foundation in New York City and was manager of information systems at the Beldon Fund. Fares previously worked for the city of Atlanta's department of planning and community development.
The has announced that MARIANO-FLORENTINO CUÉLLAR, a Stanford University law professor and nominee to the California Supreme Court, will be joining the foundation's board. Cuéllar, director of Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, has focused on administrative law and governance, criminal law, transnational security, public health law, and the judicial system during his academic career, and served in the Obama administration from 2009 to 2013.
In other news, the has announced the appointments of CARMEN J. SMITH and RICK SCHOSTEK to its board. Smith, vice president of creative development inclusive strategies for Walt Disney Imagineering, has worked for more than thirty years at the Walt Disney Company and ABC. Schostek, executive vice president of Honda North America, joined the company in 1987 and worked in legal and manufacturing management roles at its facilities in Ohio, Alabama, and Indiana.