People in the News (5/6/18): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries


The Detroit-based Skillman Foundation has named MARY COLOMBO as senior director, office of the president. Colombo previously served the foundation as director of evaluation and learning, and has overseen its evaluation, learning, and performance monitoring activities since joining the foundation in 2005. In her new role, she will focus on strengthening internal organizational activities to ensure strong performance and impact as the foundation implements its Opportunity Agenda for Detroit Children. Colombo’s appointment comes after the retirement of BILL HANSON, who served as the foundation’s chief of staff for the last thirteen years.

The J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles has announced the appointment of LISA LAPIN as vice president of communications.  Reporting to Getty President and CEO James Cuno, Lapin will be responsible for working collaboratively with the Getty’s four programs to develop trust-wide communications strategies and communicate the Getty’s institutional vision across digital, social media, and traditional platforms. , Lapin comes to the trust from Stanford University, where, as its chief communications officer since 2008, she expanded the overall use of communications technology, Web and social media programs and oversaw a transition from print to electronic daily news production. Prior to joining Stanford, she served as assistant vice chancellor for university communications at UC Davis (2004-2008), as director of UC Davis’ news service (1999-2004), as a reporter and editor at The Sacramento Bee and a reporter for the San Jose Mercury News, and as a reporter/stringer for the Los Angeles national desk of the New York Times and a reporting intern at the business desk of the Los Angeles Times.

The Boston Foundation has announced SONI GUPTA, a longtime affordable housing advocate, as director of its Neighborhoods and Housing program. In her new role, Gupta, who comes to the foundation from Home Funders, an affordable housing collaborative where she has served as executive director since 2011, will drive the development, implementation, and evaluation of one of the foundation’s strategic priorities: addressing the need for affordable homes for the people of greater Boston, with a special focus on deep affordability. She replaces REBECCA KOEPNICK, who left the Foundation in 2017.

The San Francisco Foundation has announced the appointment of DAVID IBNALE and SAM RUIZ to five-year terms on its board of trustees. ibnAle, the founding and managing partner of Advance Venture Partners, has over twenty years of experience as an investor in emerging growth companies in the technology, commerce, and media sectors. Prior to that, he served as a managing director of TPG Growth, the growth equity and middle market investment platform of TPG, where he led the firm’s global technology investing effort. He currently serves on the boards of Above Average, Hytrust, Nativo, Unified Enterprises, UrbanSitter, and UCT Holdings. Since 1980, Ruiz has served as the executive director of Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc., a multi-service nonprofit organization based in San Francisco’s Mission district. He is, in addition, a former commissioner for San Francisco Recreation and Parks, a board member at Instituto Familiar de la Raza and the Chinatown Community Development Center, and a former San Francisco Foundation Koshland Fellow, past recipient of the Koshland Award, and former chair of the Koshland Committee.

The Skoll Foundation has announced the appointment of LINDSEY SPINDLE, president of the Jeff Skoll Group, to its board of directors. Before joining the Skoll Group, Spindle served as chief communications and brand officer at Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit focused on ending childhood hunger in America, and prior to that spent nearly twenty years in healthcare communications, policy, and government relations working for some of the nation’s most respected commercial and nonprofit organizations, including Georgetown University, Avalere Health, Brookings, and Porter Novelli.

The Community Foundations National Standards Board (CFNSB), a supporting organization of the Council on Foundations that works to advance the community foundation field through the administration of a robust national accreditation program, has announced four new board members. They are: SHARON E. BISHER, president and CEO, Hillsdale County Community Foundation; RHONDA GODWIN, director of administration and investments at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation; MONIQUE B. JONES, president and CEO of the Evanston Community Foundation; and SHEILA KINMAN, vice president for development of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties.

“Marie Colombo Named Senior Director, Office of the President.” Skillman Foundation News Release 05/21/2018. “J. Paul Getty Trust Announces Appointment of Lisa Lapin as Vice President of Communications.” J. Paul Getty Trust Press Release 05/02/2018. “Soni Gupta joins the Boston Foundation as Director of Neighborhoods and Housing.” Boston Foundation News Release 04/13/2018. “David ibnAle and Sam Ruiz Join The San Francisco Foundation’s Board of Trustees.” San Francisco Foundation News Release 05/01/2018. “Lindsey Spindle Joins Skoll Foundation Board of Directors.” Skoll Foundation News Release 05/02/2018. “Community Foundations National Standards Board Announces New Members and Executive Board.” Council on Foundations News Release 05/01/2018.