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People Post: Promotions, a New CEO, and New Board Members at Foundations around the Country



January 31st, 2013

It is time for another People Post with news of comings and goings at foundations. Also, watch for more people news in my GrantWatch column in the February issue of Health Affairs—it will be released next week!

Roger Fine, former corporate vice president and general counsel of Johnson & Johnson, has been elected chairman of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF’s) board of trustees. He is now a general partner at Windham Venture Partners, a venture capital firm. Fine succeeds Tom Kean, former Republican governor of New Jersey, as chairman.

And while I am on the topic of the RWJF, the foundation has elected Brenda Davis as the newest trustee on its board. She is also a former Johnson & Johnson executive. In addition, she served as a cabinet member and chief of policy and planning during Kean’s second term as governor. Davis is a former chair of the Wilderness Society.

Matt Hirschfeld, a pediatric hospitalist and medical director of Maternal Child Health Services at Alaska Native Medical Center, is a new member of the Rasmuson Foundation’s board of directors. The Rasmuson Foundation is located in Anchorage, Alaska.

While I am on the subject of the Rasmuson Foundation, a January press release noted that three staffers there were promoted: Sammye Pokryfki to vice president of programs, Cassandra Stalzer to communications director, and Aleesha Towns-Bain to program officer. Towns-Bain’s responsibilities include managing Recover Alaska, a joint initiative of the foundation, Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, Mat-Su Health Foundation, and the State of Alaska Department of Health and Human Services. Read a May 2011 post about Recover Alaska on the foundation’s blog.

Yanique Redwood has been named president and CEO of the Consumer Health Foundation, located in Washington, D.C. According to her bio on the funder’s website, she previously worked for the Annie E. Casey Foundation, in Baltimore, where she managed its health and mental health grants portfolio and led the evaluation of Evidence2Success. Her title was senior associate, Evidence-Based Practice Group. Redwood has also worked for the National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She is the Consumer Health Foundation’s second leader and succeeds Margaret O’Bryon, who led the foundation for fourteen years.

Osula Evadne Rushing has been promoted to vice president for program and strategy at Grantmakers In Health (GIH), located in Washington, D.C. She will start the new job tomorrow—February 1. Before this, she was program director at GIH. Rushing coauthored a GrantWatch Blog post titled “Helping to Define Health Philanthropy’s Role in the Implementation of Health Reform” (August 12, 2010). In the past, Rushing has held positions at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and the Boston Foundation.

Patty Stonesifer, former CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has been named the new president and CEO of Martha’s Table, a “well-regarded but decidedly local food pantry and family-services nonprofit,” according to an article in the Washington Post.  She starts in April. Back in 2008, while Stonesifer was still at the Gates Foundation, this huge funder’s endowment was nearly $39 billion, and it had a staff of more than 500 people. Here is the official announcement from Martha’s Table.

Richard Thomason has been promoted to director of the Health Care and Coverage program at Blue Shield of California Foundation. Before coming to the San Francisco-based funder in 2009, he was the policy director for Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West, according to his bio on the foundation’s website. Thomason’s past work also includes “eight years as professional staff to the California Assembly in roles related to health and fiscal policy” and being a legislative staffer for former US Senator Bill Bradley (D-NJ).

 

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