The Arsalyn Foundation (assets $9.6 million) in Glendora, Calif., founded in 1996 to "address the increased cynicism and the resultant decline in voter participation among U.S. citizens," has its first executive vice president: Patrick Bushman. Bushman, who spent the last 24 years as superintendent of the Glendora United School District, acknowledges that he's "new to the field." He joins the foundation on a half-time basis. He will also be the half-time director of the related Ludwick Family Foundation (assets: $19.3 million) which, like Arsalyn, is supported by Sarah and Arthur Ludwick. Departing is Suk Rhee, who since 1998 has been Arsalyn's one and only program director. The Arsalyn Foundation sponsors a bi-annual youth citizen conference that charges no registration fee, and helps many youth activists cover some of their travel and lodging costs. Last summer's gathering in Denver drew over 200 activists. The foundation's mission will continue to be "piecing together an inclusive democracy ... youth by youth." Contact: (626) 914-5404, or www.arsalyn.org.
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation's new satellite Washington office in Bethesda, Md., is now all staffed up with Rosalind Johnson's appointment to assist Senior Program Manager Anne M. Segal. Johnson previously worked for the U.S. Postal Service Commission on a Safe and Secure Workplace. Segal spent over 20 years as a planner at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where the mere mention of the department's former Carter-era secretary, the abrasive and stress-inducing Joe Califano, makes some civil service old-timers go postal. Now president of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, Califano chaired the-six member commission where Johnson labored to stamp out on-the-job violence. Contact: (301) 664-8425, or www.packfound.org.
Andy Fisher has resigned as a senior program officer at the Charles Hayden Foundation (assets $325 million) after four years to become the first executive director of the Lavelle Foundation for the Blind, also in New York City. Prior to Hayden, Fisher worked at the De Witt Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund overseeing dozens of grants to national and New York youth development organizations.
The Hayden Foundation makes grants to youth service organizations in the greater New York City and Boston areas. Fisher's former duties will be handled for now by program officer Carol Van Atten along with Hayden's president as of last January, lawyer Kenneth Merin, a Hayden trustee since 1990. Contact: (212) 938-0790, or www.fdncenter.org/grantmaker/hayden.