People in the News (6/15/14): Appointments and Promotions

People in the News (6/15/14): Appointments and Promotions

The Seattle Foundation has announced the appointment of TONY MESTRES as president and CEO, effective July 1. Mestres, a two-decade veteran of the technology industry, most recently was vice president of sales for Microsoft. His leadership roles in philanthropy include more than twelve years as a partner and board member at Social Venture Partners Seattle. "In this ever-evolving philanthropic world, [we] sought a leader adept at navigating change and skillful in uniting diverse interests toward a common goal....Tony has demonstrated these skills in the highly competitive world of global technology and in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors," said Seattle Foundation board chair Martha Choe, who is also chief administrative officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Mestres will replace NORMAN B. RICE, who is retiring.

The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation has announced the appointments of ROGER QUARLES as executive director and former executive director JAMIE MacMILLAN as president. Quarles, who started a successful restaurant chain in California, later taught high school and was a school principal and school district superintendent in Idaho. He also served as co-director of Idaho Leads at the Boise State Center for School Improvement and most recently served as chief deputy state superintendent. MacMillan, whose great-grandparents Joe and Kathryn Albertson started the Albertson grocery store chain, was the foundation's community grants coordinator and board treasurer for more than ten years before being named executive director in 2008. She currently serves on the boards of the Bogus Basin Recreation Board and the Bishop Kelly Foundation, and previously served on the boards of the Boise Art Museum and the Special Olympics World Winter Games.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has announced the selection of ROSS COMSTOCK as vice president for technology and information systems. Comstock, a founder of Networks Northeast and most recently director of information technology and quality at Santa Barbara-based nonprofit Direct Relief, has more than twenty-five years' experience in the nonprofit technology field. In his new role, Comstock will be responsible for designing and building a technology platform to help boost the effectiveness of the foundation's work. "We have an extensive network of grantees and partners so managing both relationships and the business of grantmaking can benefit greatly from an integrated and effective technology platform," said La June Montgomery Tabron, the foundation's CEO. "Ross brings tremendous talent and capabilities in this arena, as well as a real commitment to making change on behalf of vulnerable children."

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has announced that LEAH DEVLIN will join its board in July. Devlin, a professor in the department of health policy and management at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Public Health, also serves as a consultant to research industry leader RTI International. Earlier, Devlin was state health director in the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and served in a similar role at the Wake County Health Department in Raleigh, North Carolina. She also serves on the boards of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation and the Public Health Accreditation Board.

The U.S. Senate has confirmed JANE CHU as chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. Chu, currently president and CEO of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri, fills a position left vacant since Rocco Landesman stepped down as chair in 2012. "Today's confirmation of Dr. Jane Chu is great news for not only the National Endowment for the Arts, but also for the arts in our country," said Robert Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. "Dr. Chu brings an insightful combination of expertise to the position — experience in arts education, business administration, and philanthropy. She also understands the value of art at the community level and how the arts are transformative to individuals as well as places."

The Council on Foundations has appointed SHERRY McGILL as board chair. McGill is president of the Jacksonville-based Jessie Ball duPont Fund, which she joined as a program officer in 1991, and helped found the Florida Philanthropic Network and the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida. She also has served on the boards of the Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence in Richmond, Virginia; the Delaware Association of Nonprofit Agencies; the Southeastern Council of Foundations; and the Southern Education Foundation.

In other news, PND notes the death of RICHARD ROCKEFELLER, a great-grandson of John D. Rockefeller and son of David Rockefeller, on June 13 when the plane he was piloting crashed on takeoff near the Westchester County community of Harrison. Rockefeller, who was 64 years old and an experienced pilot, chaired the U.S. advisory board of Doctors Without Borders from 1989 to 2010 and served on the board of Rockefeller University until 2006.

PND also notes the passing of LEIGH STILWELL, chief donor experience and engagement officer at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, on June 9 after a brief battle with cancer. Stilwell, who was 42 years old, worked at the foundation for thirteen years, including six years at one of SVCF's parent foundations, the Peninsula Community Foundation. Earlier, she managed domestic and international grantmaking for anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength in Washington, D.C. The foundation has created a donor-advised fund to honor Stilwell's legacy of community support through grants to Bay Area organizations selected by her husband and daughter.

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