The has announced the appointment of MARSHA BONNER as director of programs, community grantmaking, and special initiatives, a senior leadership position. Bonner comes to the foundation with more than thirty years of grantmaking experience, most recently as director of grantmaking and evaluation at the Marguerite Casey Foundation in Seattle. Previously, she served in senior leadership positions at several foundations, including the Lia Fund and the Marin Community Foundation in California and the Aaron Diamond Foundation and the North Star Fund in New York City. Bonner also has served on the board or as a member of nineteen philanthropic organizations working on a range of issues, including legal defense, social justice, AIDS funding, and the arts, and currently serves on the board of Carlos Santana's Milagro Foundation in San Rafael, California.
The has announced the appointment of CHARLES F. BALL as executive director. Ball replaces JUD FISHER, who has led the foundation for more than eight years. “Chuck will be a great staff leader for this organization,” Fisher said. “He recently relocated to Leelanau County and has the experience and talent to take the foundation to the next level.” Fisher will continue to serve the foundation as a director.
The has announced the appointment of SUSAN WEFALD as vice president of programs and JOSH PUSHKIN as vice president of development. Wefald, most recently executive director of the Discount Foundation, has been a social justice activist and funder of race, class, and gender issues for more than thirty years. Pushkin, most recently chief development officer of public interest law network PILnet, has worked at the executive and development level to promote a range of causes, from affordable housing to environmental advocacy.
The has announced the appointment of ROBIN L. DAVISSON as president and CEO. Davisson, the Andrew Dickson White Professor of Molecular Physiology at Cornell University, is an award-winning researcher in the fields of neuroscience, cardiovascular physiology, and genomics. Her engagement with MRA will be phased in gradually over the remainder of 2015 and 2016 as she fulfills her commitments at Cornell.
In other news, PND notes the passing of high-tech pioneer and philanthropist JACK MELCHOR at the age of 90. Melchor, founder of Melabs and Hewlett-Packard Associates, was an innovator in the fields of LEDs (light-emitting diodes) and microwave technologies. During their lifetime, Melchor and his late wife, Norma, were staunch supporters of the El Camino Hospital in Los Altos, California, donating millions of dollars to its operations over some fifty-plus years. The hospital’s Melchor Pavilion, built on land donated by the couple, is named in recognition of their contributions.