Newsmakers | May-June 2014

Judy BelkThe California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) recently appointed Judy Belk as its next president and CEO. A veteran of management in government, philanthropic, nonprofit and corporate sectors, Belk has resided and worked her entire career in California. After graduating from Northwestern and attaining her master’s degree in public administration from California State University, she went on to work at Levi Strauss & Co. where she spearheaded a worldwide team which pioneered innovative work in AIDS education and prevention as well as women’s economic development. She is also known for launching Project Change, a national antiracism initiative. Belk moved on to help build the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors which quickly became one of the nation’s largest nonprofit independent advisory firms, currently advising on more than $300 million yearly in more than 30 countries. Cole Wilbur, interim president and CEO of TCWF expressed confidence in Belk’s experience, saying “the Foundation welcomes Judy, an enterprising leader with deep knowledge in philanthropy, to lead the next era of our grantmaking.” She began work in her new position effective April 7, 2014.


Danette-HowardDanette Howard has been named as the Lumina Foundation’s new vice president for policy and mobilization. Currently serving as the state of Maryland’s Secretary of Higher Education and having previously served as the Maryland Higher Education Commission’s director of research and policy analysis, Howard has extensive knowledge of the higher education system which is the Lumina Foundation’s core mission focus. Her extensive educational background includes graduating summa cum laude from Howard University, receiving her master’s from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and finally her Ph.D. in higher education policy from the University of Maryland, College Park. Beginning April 14, 2014, her duties as vice president Howard will have her direct the foundation’s key approaches to increasing the attainment of high-quality postsecondary education for all on the state and national levels.


LaVerne Evans Srinivasan has joinedthe Carnegie Corporation of New York as its new Program Director for Teaching and Human Capital Management. As well as being a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Ms. Srinivasan brings with her wide-ranging experience gained from previously serving as a Deputy Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, President of New Leaders for New Schools and President of Time to Know and FieroNow (education technology companies). In her new role at the Carnegie Corporation she will direct grantmaking strategies and seek to lead and improve current efforts to recruit, prepare and support high-quality teachers in high-need schools. Vartan Gregorian, President of Carnegie Corporation enthusiastically supported Srinivasan’s appointment saying, “We welcome LaVerne Evans Srinivasan to the Corporation, where she will help lead our efforts to carry on Andrew Carnegie’s legacy of supporting and reinvigorating teaching and learning in order to do what he called ‘real and permanent good’ for this generation of students and all those who will follow after them.”


Nicole PittmanThe Stoneleigh Foundation has announced the fellowship of Nicole Pittman, Esq. Pittman, a graduate of Duke University and Tulane Law School, worked as an attorney for the Defender Association of Philadelphia for nearly ten years and is regarded as a national expert on defending juveniles charged as sex offenders. With her fellowship she will “seek to create more effective legal and policy responses to child sexual offending behavior, and to inform the development of alternatives to juvenile sex offender registration.” She is also the author of what many consider the first real analysis of the unintended and negative effects of registration for youth sex offenders, “Raised on the Registry.” The fellowship was announced by the Stoneleigh Foundation on March 31, 2014.


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