The , the largest network serving philanthropy in America, has announced the election to its board of SUSAN TAYLOR BATTEN, president and CEO of ABFE; PAUL DAUGHERTY, president and CEO of Philanthropy West Virginia; NICK DEYCHAKIWSKY, program officer at the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation; ELLEN LAPOINTE, president and CEO of Northern California Grantmakers; and DARANEE PETSOD, president of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees. The board also elected its officers for 2016-17 — MARISSA MANLOVE, president and CEO, Indiana Philanthropy Alliance (chair); JEFF POULOS, executive director, Associated Grant Makers (vice chair); JANINE LEE, president and CEO, Southeastern Council of Foundations (secretary); and KAREN FREEMAN, vice president of operations and government relations, Southern California Grantmakers (treasurer).
The has announced that LENDRI PURCELL, granddaughter of co-founders Barbara and Donald Jonas, will assume a larger leadership role at the fund as its new vice president of environmental health and youth development programming. In her new role, Purcell, a mother of two, will work to expand the fund's current partnerships, with an emphasis on raising awareness about how commonly used toxic substances are affecting children's health. Purcell previously led the Jonas Youth Initiative, which focuses on at-risk youth and families in the San Francisco Bay Area, directing its giving to youth development programs that provide mentoring, paid internships/career development, and mental health support.
The in St. Paul, Minnesota, has announced that EILEEN BRIGGS, executive director of Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Ventures, will join the foundation in October as nation building portfolio director, responsible for overseeing the foundation's efforts to invest in work that promotes, supports, and strengthens tribal governance among the twenty-three Native nations it serves. In 2009, Briggs was part of the inaugural cohort of Native Nation Rebuilders, and earlier this year she was one of twenty-four people selected to receive a 2016 Bush Fellowship.
CHRIS BARBIC has joined the as a senior education fellow and in that role will help lead the Houston-based foundation's efforts to improve K-12 education in the United States. Barbic is the founding superintendent of the state of Tennessee's Achievement School District, which was established to dramatically improve student outcomes at the state's lowest-performing schools, and is the founder of YES Prep Public Schools, a network of free, open-enrollment public charter schools in Houston.
The has announced that ROBERT ROSENTHAL will join the foundation as director of information technology, effective August 15. Rosenthal brings more than thirty years of experience in information management and systems to the foundation and most recently served as chief information officer at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, where he was responsible for strategic and operational leadership of the foundation's IT function. Prior to that, he worked at Newsday for sixteen years, ending his tenure there as chief technology officer. He will succeed LORETTA HARRIS, who is retiring after thirty-five years of service to the corporation.
The Providence-based , which is celebrating its centennial anniversary, has appointed KATIE MURRAY as director of evaluation and learning, in which position she will oversee the evaluation of the foundation's community investments against its strategic priorities. Before joining the foundation, Murray served as data manager at the Center for Early Learning Professionals and as director of data and evaluation at Ready to Learn Providence.
The has announced the election of SUSAN DICKLER as board chair. Dickler, a longtime advocate for women and girls, Dickler first joined the organization in 1979 as director of its Reproductive Rights and Health Program and subsequently served as its grants director. After leaving the organization, she held positions at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Planned Parenthood of NYC, and Voters for Choice — a pro-choice PAC where she served as executive director. She also worked with her parents to establish a foundation in their name and served as its executive director. Currently, she chairs the board of Provide (formerly the Abortion Access Project) and serves on the boards of South Africa Partners and Media Voices for Children. The organization also welcomed SETH ROSEN, CATHIE HARNETT, and SUZANNE LERNER as board members and announced the following board appointments: LYNN MALERBA, secretary; JOCELYN FRYE, vice chair; and JENNA BUSSMAN-WISE, treasurer.
In other news, PND notes the passing, on July 29, of Autism Speaks co-founder SUZANNE WRIGHT after a nine-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Wright and her husband, Bob, former president/CEO and chair of NBC, co-founded the organization after their grandson, Christian, was diagnosed with autism. "What Suzanne Wright has done to raise awareness of autism is immeasurable," said Autism Speaks chair Brian Kelly and president/CEO Angela Geiger in a joint statement. "Even during the past few difficult months, her determination never wavered. For more than a decade, she has been a tireless advocate on the national and international stage: at the United Nations, on Capitol Hill, at Autism Speaks Walks nationwide, and in personal letters of support to individuals and families affected by autism. Suzanne sparked a global conversation with one question: How can we help people with autism live their best possible lives? Persuading the world to see the potential in each child and adult on the vast autism spectrum is her greatest legacy. As we look to the future, Autism Speaks remains committed to advancing the important mission she began." Wright was 69.