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.