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Member Transitions, January 2010

Sharon King Sharon King Appointed Director of the Ageing Programme at The Atlantic Philanthropies

Sharon King, a recognized leader in philanthropy, has been appointed Director of the Ageing Program of The Atlantic Philanthropies, effective February 2, 2010. Ms. King will lead the global Ageing Programme, which supports efforts to address the health and economic security of the most vulnerable older adults. Ms. King is currently the President of the F.B. Heron Foundation, a private foundation established in 1992 and dedicated to helping people and communities help themselves. Heron is internationally known for its innovative approaches to grantmaking and mission-related investing. Specifically, it seeks to deploy as much of its endowment as is prudently possible in support of its mission through market-rate investments, program-related investments, and core-support grants. With current assets at approximately $250 million, over 50 percent is committed to its mission. The F.B. Heron Foundation developed and recently launched the U.S. Community Investment Index, a portfolio comprised of more than 300 large- and mid-cap companies that have demonstrated successful and proactive engagement with economically underserved communities in the United States. Mary Jo Mullan will serve as Acting President of the Heron Foundation during its transition period. Prior to joining the Heron Foundation, Ms. King served as a Philanthropic Advisor in the Rockefeller Family Office, as President of the Edward W. Hazen Foundation, and as a Program Officer at The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation.

 

Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Welcomes Miriam Petty and Barbara Moran to its Board of Trustees

The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation recently welcomed two new Trustees to its Board. Both Miriam Petty and Barbara Moran are active on Dodge Foundation Board committees currently reviewing strategy and guidelines for Dodge’s work in the future. In addition, Ms. Moran is serving on the foundation’s Poetry committee, which includes reviewing responses to its recent Request for Information and visiting potential sites for the 2010 Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival.

 

Miriam PettyMiriam Petty is a newly-appointed Assistant Professor of Visual and Performing Arts at Rutgers University-Newark. She has taught and lectured widely on film, African American literature, Black popular culture, and media studies. Professor Petty was the fourth Geraldine R. Dodge Fellow at Rutgers-Newark’s Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, where she developed and implemented “Watching Carefully,” a two-year city initiative geared toward the improvement of media literacy among adults and children in Newark, New Jersey. Professor Petty received her Ph.D. in American Studies from Emory University’s Institute of the Liberal Arts. As a 2006-2009 Fellow of Princeton University’s Society of Fellows, Professor Petty’s recent projects include Race.Place.Space., a documentary film festival in Trenton, New Jersey, that she curated on behalf of Princeton’s Center for African American Studies.

 

Barbara MoranA longtime friend and protector of the arts in New Jersey, Barbara Moran served as Executive Director of the New Jersey State Museum and The New Jersey Cultural Trust until her retirement in October 2008. The New Jersey Cultural Trust was established to create a permanent and stable source of funding to help build endowments, create institutional stability and fund capital projects for arts, history, and humanities organizations. In addition to her work at the State Museum and Cultural Trust, Ms. Moran was Executive Director of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (having served previously as the Assistant Executive Director for seven years). In 1999, she was also appointed as the first Assistant Commissioner of Cultural Affairs to oversee the New Jersey State Museum, the Division of Archives and Records Management, the Trenton War Memorial, the New Jersey Historical Commission, and the NJ State Council on the Arts.

 

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Announces Appointment of Andrew Bowman to Program Director for the Environment

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has announced that Andrew Bowman has been appointed Program Director for the Environment. Mr. Bowman has been a member of the foundation’s Environment Program team for the last five years. Mr. Bowman joined the foundation in January 2005 after moving from Portland, Oregon, where he practiced law in various capacities, including for the nonprofit Defenders of Wildlife and at the law firm Perkins Coie. Upon arriving at the foundation, he served as Program Officer for the Environment and helped administer program activities related to wildlife habitat conservation. Since early 2007, he has been the Director of the foundation’s Climate Change Initiative—a five-year grants program that seeks to help build a clean-energy economy. To date, Mr. Bowman has overseen more than $37 million in grants to inform government policies that can foster technological innovation in the energy sector and accelerate the emergence of tomorrow’s clean-energy technologies. In 1995, Mr. Bowman earned a Master's degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley as well as a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, in San Francisco. In 2003, he also received an LL.M. in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. His undergraduate education was at the University of California at Berkeley, where he was a Truman Scholar. Mr. Bowman recently joined the board of the Eastern Environmental Law Center and serves on the steering committee for the Climate and Energy Funders Group of the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity. He remains an active member of the Oregon State Bar. As Program Director for the Environment at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Mr. Bowman will be responsible for leading all environmental grantmaking activities of the foundation. As part of its portfolio, the Environment Program will continue to support strategic wildlife habitat conservation. Grants in this area will be designed to provide permanent protection of important wildlife habitat and to address emerging threats to wildlife such as the anticipated severity of climate change and widespread energy development on the landscape. Among other areas of grantmaking, the Environment Program will continue the foundation’s work related to climate change mitigation by making grants to increase energy efficiency in the buildings sector, and it will undertake new grantmaking initiatives to respond to environmental challenges in urban areas. The foundation plans to release revised grantmaking guidelines for the Environment Program by the summer of 2010.

 

Nicole Rodriguez LeachStella and Charles Guttman Foundation Welcomes Nicole Rodriguez Leach as Program Officer

The Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation is pleased to welcome Nicole Rodriguez Leach as Program Officer. Guided by her commitment to social justice and equity—a dedication cultivated by family members with a long history of community organizing activity, and reinforced by her work in education and social service agencies in New York City, as well as with school districts and nonprofits nationwide—Ms. Rodriguez Leach has nearly fifteen years of experience as an educator and trainer, nonprofit administrator and evaluator, and policy analyst. Ms. Rodriguez Leach holds a M.S. in Urban Policy Analysis and Management, and received the Jacob M. Kaplan Award for Outstanding Student in Urban Policy Analysis, a top honor given by Milano faculty to the student who exemplifies academic excellence and makes meaningful and significant contributions to the field of urban policy. She earned a B.A. in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from Wesleyan University.

 

Maureen CozineMaureen Cozine Joins the New York State Health Foundation as Communications Director

As Communications Director of the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth), Maureen Cozine is responsible for the overall communications strategy to advance the Foundation’s efforts to improve the health of all New Yorkers. Prior to joining NYSHealth in January 2010, Ms. Cozine held a number of positions at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), most recently as Senior Communications Officer and Director of Policy Connections. In that role, she managed RWJF’s relationships with federal policymakers and worked with grantees to communicate effectively and build relationships with policymakers, the media, and other key audiences. Ms. Cozine holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Colgate University and a Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

 

Edwin TorresEdwin Torres Named as Associate Director Responsible for New York City Grantmaking at the Rockefeller Foundation

The Rockefeller Foundation has announced that Edwin Torres has been hired to replace the long-serving Joan Shigekawa, who recently left the foundation for a position as Senior Deputy Chair for the National Endowment for the Arts. Mr. Torres comes to the Rockefeller Foundation from Parsons the New School for Design, where he was Director of External Partnerships. Prior to his work at Parsons, Mr. Torres worked at the Bronx Council on the Arts and the Ford Foundation. He will oversee the Foundation’s Cultural Innovation Fund competition, as well as being responsible for the Foundation’s New York City grantmaking.

 

Mike PrattMike Pratt Named President and Executive Director of the Scherman Foundation

The Board of Directors of the Scherman Foundation have named Mike Pratt as President and Executive Director. Mr. Pratt had been serving as Acting President since June 2009, when Sandra Silverman, the foundation's former President, went on medical leave. Ms. Silverman will return in spring 2010 as the foundation's Senior Program Director. Mr. Pratt has been with the Scherman Foundation since 1996, serving as its Program Officer. He has been an enormous asset, focusing particular attention on shaping the foundation's environmental and social welfare giving. Mr. Pratt led the Scherman Foundation's expanding support for climate change efforts, emphasizing the role of organizing and advocacy, a theme increasingly reflected in the foundation's work on urban poverty and development issues in New York City as well. Mr. Pratt has provided leadership in several outside philanthropic roles, including serving as Chair and Treasurer of the Environmental Grantmakers Association and as Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Initiative for Neighborhood and City-Wide Organizing (INCO). In 1998, Mr. Pratt took on the additional role of Treasurer at the foundation, in which capacity he helped take its portfolio from a single manager to a fully diversified structure, utilizing over fifteen active managers in various asset classes. A lawyer by training, Mr. Pratt worked previously with the Civil Division of the Legal Aid Society, developing a specialty in federal housing programs and land use/development law. Prior to attending NYU School of Law, he worked for NYPIRG, first as a community organizer and then as Director of the Straphangers Campaign. Mr. Pratt currently serves as the Chair of the Board of the Pratt Institute.