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Academy Museum Announces Its Board Of Trustees, Headed By NBCUniversal Vice Chairman Ron Meyer

A Dozen Leaders from Film and Philanthropy Assume Governance of the New Museum, Scheduled to Open in 2019

Press Release – LOS ANGELES, CA, DECEMBER 5, 2017 – Kerry Brougher, Director of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, announced that the institution has completed the formation of its Board of Trustees, under the leadership of Ron Meyer as Chair. Plans for the new museum were originally spearheaded by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. With the inaugural meeting of the Trustees on December 4, the new Board—which will continue to grow—assumed responsibility as the governing body of the Academy Museum and will be responsible for overseeing the Museum’s strategic vision, preserving the organization’s financial health, and assuring the fulfillment of its mission.

Established to be the world’s premier institution dedicated to the art and science of movies and moviemaking, the Academy Museum is scheduled to open in 2019 on Wilshire and Fairfax in the Museum Mile area of Los Angeles, housed in a 300,000-square-foot facility designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano.

Ron Meyer says, “The Academy Museum has already made great strides in raising funds, constructing the site, and developing the exhibition plans that will make this museum an essential destination for visitors and locals who love film. Now, with the formation of this Board of Trustees, we have real momentum. I couldn’t be more pleased by the talent we’ve gathered to oversee this great new institution.”

Kerry Brougher says, “The leaders who have joined together as the Academy Museum’s Trustees are among the most respected and influential figures in the world of motion pictures and philanthropy. Their caliber speaks volumes about the level of achievement this museum aspires to attain. All of us who have been working to build this institution are immensely grateful to them for stepping forward to assume Board responsibility as we move toward our grand opening in 2019.”

About the Board of Trustees

Ron Meyer (Chair) is Vice Chairman of NBCUniversal and with 23 years as the head of the studio, he is the longest serving studio chief. He provides strategic guidance and counsel on all aspects of the company, including its valuable portfolio of film and television assets, as well as the global theme park businesses. He is also a co-founder and former President of Creative Artists Agency. Previously, he served as the President and CEO of Universal Studios (formerly MCA), a position he held from 1995 through 2013.

John Bailey is an American cinematographer and film director, elected in August 2017 as President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He earned his first credit as director of photography for Boulevard Nights (1979), which was followed by Ordinary People (1980), American Gigolo (1980), The Big Chill (1983), Groundhog Day (1993), As Good as It Gets (1997), The Anniversary Party (2001), The Way Way Back (2013), A Walk in the Woods (2015), and many more. In 2014 he received the American Society of Cinematographers Lifetime Achievement Award.

Jason Blum (Treasurer), founder of Blumhouse Productions, is an Oscar®-nominated and two-time Emmy and Peabody Award-winning producer. Specializing in low-budget films, Blumhouse has produced the highly-profitable The Purge, Sinister, Paranormal Activity, and Insidious franchises, along with the 2017 blockbusters Split (2016) and Get Out (2017). Additional credits include Whiplash (2014), The Normal Heart (2014), and The Jinx (2015). Blum serves on the Board of Trustees for Vassar College, the Board of the Public Theater and is a member of the Sundance Institute’s Director’s Advisory Group.

Jim Gianopulos is the Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures where he oversees the studio’s film and television operations worldwide, including production, marketing and distribution. He previously headed 20th Century Fox. He sits on the Boards of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, where he serves as Treasurer, the Motion Picture & Television Fund, and the X Prize Foundation. He is a member of the Board of Councilors of the University of Southern California of the Cinematic Arts.

Tom Hanks is a five-time Oscar-nominated actor and filmmaker known for his various film roles including Big (1988, nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role), Philadelphia (1993, won for Best Actor in a Leading Role), Forrest Gump (1994, won for Best Actor in a Leading Role), Saving Private Ryan (1998, nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role), Cast Away (2000, nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role), and many more. In 2016 he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His book, The New York Times bestselling Uncommon Type—inspired by his collection of vintage typewriters—was published in 2017. He is co-chair of the Academy Museum’s Capital Campaign.

Dawn Hudson has served as the CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 2011. As CEO, Hudson directs all of the Academy’s efforts across a broad spectrum of activity that includes education, outreach, research, and preservation programs. In this capacity, she also oversees the Oscars®, and supervises the Academy’s staff of more than 350 employees. Under Hudson’s leadership, the Academy has been at the forefront of shaping diversity and inclusion efforts industry-wide. The Academy has implemented strategies to modernize its business practices, including digitizing its unparalleled archival collections, and connecting its more than 8,000 global filmmakers and artists. For more than 20 years, Hudson worked as Executive Director of Film Independent, an organization dedicated to supporting independent film, which grew from a small non-profit into a nationally recognized arts institution under her leadership.

Kathleen Kennedy has produced over 70 feature films and is the eight-time Oscar-nominated producer of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), The Color Purple (1985), The Sixth Sense (1999), Seabiscuit (2003), Munich (2005), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), War Horse (2011), and Lincoln (2012). Kennedy is currently the President of Lucasfilm, which includes film, television, visual effects, sound design, games, consumer products, and virtual and augmented reality. In addition, she oversees the Star Wars franchise and produces Lucasfilm’s feature films including the upcoming Indiana Jones and Star Wars movies. Prior to Lucasfilm, Kennedy co-founded Amblin Entertainment with Steven Spielberg and her husband Frank Marshall.

Alejandro Ramírez Magaña is CEO of Cinépolis, one of the largest film exhibition companies in the world with operations in Mexico, Brazil, Spain, India, the United States, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Peru, and Central America. He served as Mexico’s representative to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and as technical secretary of the Social Cabinet in the executive office of the president of Mexico. He is chairman of the Mexican Business Council, the most influential business organization in Mexico and the Morelia International Film Festival. He serves on the boards of the Sundance Institute and the Harvard Board of Overseers.

Ted Sarandos (Vice-Chair) has been the Chief Content Officer at Netflix since 2000. With more than 20 years’ experience in the home entertainment business, he led the transformation of Netflix into an original content powerhouse, redefining how serialized television is produced, released, and distributed globally. Sarandos is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and serves on the board of Exploring the Arts, a non-profit focused on arts in schools as well as on the boards for the Tribeca Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, the American Cinematheque, American Film Institute, and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Kimberly Steward (Secretary) is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and producer. In 2013 she formed K Period Media, whose releases include the noted documentaries Opposite Field (2012), Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People (2015) and the forthcoming Looking for Terry and Conversion. In 2016, K Period Media released Manchester by the Sea in partnership with Amazon Studios. The film won three Oscars and was nominated Best Picture, making Steward only the second black woman to have her film nominated for this award. Steward is hands-on in her support of charities such as The Elizabeth Taylor Foundation, Fresh Air Fund, and Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Foundation. A patron of the arts, Steward also gives to AFI, LACMA, New York City Ballet, and the Geffen Playhouse.

Diane von Furstenberg entered the world of American fashion in the seventies. Her iconic wrap dress soon became a symbol of power and independence for an entire generation of women. Diane’s commitment to empowering women is also expressed through philanthropy and mentorship. In 2010, with the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation, she established the DVF Awards to honor and provide grants to women who have displayed leadership, strength, and courage in their commitment to their causes. She serves on the boards of Vital Voices; the Statue of Liberty–Ellis Island Foundation; and The Shed, the new center for cultural innovation in New York City. She was actively involved in the campaign to save the historic High Line railway and to develop The High Line into what it is today.

Kevin Yeaman is President and Chief Executive Officer of Dolby Laboratories. Under his leadership, the company has built on its rich heritage of technologies that transform storytelling, expanding its focus to produce new sight and sound experiences that unleash the potential of entertainment and communications. Before being named CEO in 2009, Kevin served as Dolby’s Chief Financial Officer, developing the financial infrastructure to support growth and expansion. Prior to Dolby, Kevin was the Chief Financial Officer of E.piphany and Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations at Informix. Kevin was inducted as a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in 2014. He holds a BS degree in commerce from Santa Clara University.

About the Campaign for the Academy Museum

The Board of Governors established the Campaign for the Academy Museum to support the construction of the museum’s site and fund its opening exhibitions and programs. Chaired by Bob Iger and co-chaired by Annette Bening and Tom Hanks, the campaign has a target of $388 million and to date has achieved nearly 80% of that goal.

The Academy Museum’s Trustees join the ranks of other leadership donors in supporting the museum, including Cheryl and Haim Saban, The David Geffen Foundation, Dalian Wanda Group, Dolby Laboratories/Family of Ray Dolby, The Walt Disney Company, Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Steven Spielberg.

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Hilton Prize Coalition Recognizes 25 Fellows: Emerging Humanitarian Leaders to Watch

Press Release – ALEXANDRIA, Va., December 5, 2017 — The Hilton Prize Coalition, an independent alliance of the 22 winners of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, recognizes its 2017 class of Fellows for completing a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellowship with leading international non-governmental organizations (INGOs). These 25 emerging leaders demonstrated high potential by making significant early-career contributions to their organizations and to the humanitarian field overall.

While working alongside one or more Coalition member organizations, Fellows made contributions in a variety of ways, including fieldwork around intergenerational health policy, development of policy briefs on nutrition innovation and stunting, research around climate change and disaster risk reduction, collaboration with corporate partners through marketing and fundraising, and digital technologies. Over the course of their placements, which lasted anywhere from three months to a year, Fellows also completed more than 200 hours of training in interdisciplinary topics including disaster readiness.

This year’s cohort came from diverse backgrounds and represented eight countries: Brazil, France, India, Mexico, South Korea, Tanzania, the United Kingdom and the United States. Some of the Fellows are recent graduates with NGO volunteer experience, while others have started careers and are developing as subject-matter experts.

“By providing young professionals an opportunity to work with prize-winning organizations, the Hilton Prize Coalition Fellows Program is creating a pipeline of humanitarian leaders who have a collaborative mindset as well as subject-matter expertise,” said Scott Jackson, Global Impact president and CEO. Global Impact is the secretariat for the Hilton Prize Coalition and its Fellows Program.

2017 Class of Fellows:

  • Samantha Acosta: HelpAge USA
  • Judith Bagachwa: HelpAge Tanzania
  • Sarah Baker: SOS Children’s Villages USA
  • Hrithik Bansal: BRAC USA
  • Chloe Baury: ECPAT International
  • Shanifa Bennett: Covenant House New York
  • Desiree Dickerson: Women for Women International
  • Alyssa Gutnik Kennett: Handicap International US
  • Danielle Harris: Landesa
  • Elizabeth “Ruby” Holmes: Handicap International US
  • Chytanya Kompala: PATH
  • Alexandre Leal: International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT)
  • Adaiana Lima: ECPAT Internationa
  • Catherine May: PATH/Heifer International*
  • Marcus Miller: SOS Children’s Villages USA
  • Ahlam Awad Mohammed: The Task Force for Global Health
  • Megan O’Leary: Hilton Prize Coalition Secretariat*
  • Ana Rabogliatti: Operation Smile
  • Mich Rakotomalala: Operation Smile
  • Marcie Roth: Handicap International US
  • Kevin Gil Hwan Ryu: ECPAT International
  • Meriam Salem: Hilton Prize Coalition Secretariat*
  • Harry Shepherd: IRCT
  • Joshua Tobing: SOS Children’s Villages USA
  • Sheetal Tuladhar: BRAC USA/BRAC Nepal

*indicates Collaborative Fellow, working with multiple organizations

Click here for bios of the Hilton Prize Coalition Fellows

To date, several Fellows have been offered positions with hosting organizations following their placements, including Danielle Harris. Harris recently completed a contract position as a business development assistant at Landesa. Program Manager Colleen O’Holleran, who manages Landesa’s fellowship and internship programs said, “The Hilton Prize Coalition Fellowship Program is a win-win, giving rising development professionals key on-the-job experience and equipping Landesa with a valuable resource to advance its core mission.”

Approaching its third year, the Hilton Prize Coalition Fellows Program seeks to develop a robust pipeline of humanitarian leaders who value collaboration and understand the importance of increasing effectiveness throughout the sector. Candidates for Hilton Prize Coalition fellowships are recruited from partnering academic programs or nominated by Coalition member organizations on a rolling basis.

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Amida Care, NYS AIDS Institute, and NYC Community Organizations Publish “Hire Me! End AIDS with Jobs”

Press Release – Amida Care has published a special community publication, “Hire Me! End AIDS with Jobs,” produced in partnership with Alliance for Positive Change, Alpha Workshops Studio School, Cicatelli Associates Inc., Exponents, The Fortune Society, GMHC, Housing Works, The LGBT Center, National Working Positive Coalition, NYS AIDS Institute, NYS Education Department, and Translatina Network.

Improved health has allowed more and more people living with HIV to enter or re-enter the workforce. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently confirmed that a person with HIV who has an undetectable viral load cannot transmit the virus to others. When people living with HIV are working, they are more likely to take care of themselves, monitor their health, adhere to medical appointments, and take their medications. Having a living-wage job is key to staying healthy—physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally.

The magazine highlights employment as one of the most important social determinants of health and key to reaching New York State’s goal to End the AIDS Epidemic by the year 2020. Topics include job training programs for people living with HIV, employment opportunities and resources, and calls to action around creating jobs for people living with HIV. Community members, health care providers, and other contributors share advocacy goals and personal success stories.

“Thanks to decades of advocacy and medical research, HIV is now a manageable chronic condition. We know that being a part of the workforce leads to better quality of life and sustained viral load suppression. To help end the HIV/AIDS epidemic, we need to focus on employment for people living with HIV and those at risk,” said Doug Wirth, president and CEO of Amida Care. “This is a forum to share ideas and resources. We’re delighted that so many community members and partners participated and shared their knowledge and experience.”

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Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau Partners With The Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation To Give The Gift Of Lasting Memories

The Destination Hosted a Family Affected by Cancer on an Unforgettable Getaway

Press Release – FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – DECEMBER 1, 2017 – The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau is making this holiday season impactful by partnering with The Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation (JAJF) to give a family the gift of creating lasting memories. The destination “adopted” a family, giving children, whose parents are fighting cancer, a time out to enjoy an all-expenses-paid vacation to Greater Fort Lauderdale November 6-9, 2017.

The destination hosted the Collins family, whose father died from cancer and whose mother is undergoing aggressive treatment for late-stage metastatic breast cancer in their hometown of Pine River in Minnesota, at the Riverside Hotel minutes from the sandy white beaches of Fort Lauderdale, and walking distance from the city plazas. The family enjoyed the destination’s family-friendly attractions, including: an airboat ride at the Sawgrass Recreation Park and deep-sea fishing with Captain Steve from Fantastic Fishing Charters; getting their feet wet by sailing and snorkeling Fort Lauderdale’s “Aquatic Playground” with Spirit of Lauderdale Catamaran and Yacht Charters; go-kart racing, bowling, and playing arcade games at the Xtreme Action Park; and exploring the city above the water, sightseeing cruises aboard the Water Taxi that provide views of the Intercoastal Waterway.

“It was a special experience to have the opportunity to host the remarkable Collins family in Greater Fort Lauderdale through JAJF’s amazing mission,” said Stacy Ritter, president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Working together with our tourism community, we were happy to have been able to provide a little relief, even if for a short period of time, for their family to put a pause on cancer treatments and create lasting memories for the family.”

JAJF’s mission is to treat families with unforgettable experiences and give children who will lose their mom or dad to cancer a timeout to create indispensable memories as a family while they can. The organization’s unique approach has supported, and impacted hundreds of families lives from 44 states since 2006.

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The Drug Enforcement Administration and Discovery Education Launch Second Annual Operation Prevention Video Challenge for High School Students Nationwide

— ‘Operation Prevention Video Challenge’ Encourages Teens to Submit Video Public Service Announcements to Educate their Peers on the State of the Opioid Epidemic —

Press Release – Silver Spring, Maryland (Friday, December 1, 2017) – The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the DEA Educational Foundation, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, announced today the second launch of the Operation Prevention Video Challenge – a peer-to-peer platform for communicating messages about the dangers of opioid misuse.

An extension of Discovery Education and the DEA’s Operation Prevention program, the video challenge will encourage teens to create a 30-60 second original public service announcement (PSA) that warns other students about the dangers of prescription opioid misuse and heroin use. The Operation Prevention Video Challenge aims to inspire teens to research the opioid epidemic, identify its widespread impact on the country and the substances’ harmful effects on the body, and start a social movement that encourages authentic dialogue about this critical issue.

Prizes for winning submissions include:

  • 1st place: $10,000;
  • 2nd place: $5,000;
  • 3rd place: $1,000; and
  • People’s Choice: A VIP trip to Quantico, Virginia for a tour of DEA training.

The top 10 finalist videos will also be uploaded to for a public vote to determine the People’s Choice winner, and the winning PSAs will be featured on Discovery Education’s digital and social media platforms.

“Following the success of the first annual Operation Prevention Video Challenge, DEA looks forward to once again engaging youth in this creative opportunity to communicate anti-opioid messages,” said Sean Fearns, chief of community outreach, DEA. “This kind of peer-to-peer education has the unique ability to better resonate with teens, discouraging prescription drug abuse before it starts.”

Last year’s winning PSA, titled The Cork Board by Kyle C., Clay K. and Carter S. of Madison, Conn. was one of the hundreds of original submissions the challenge received. To view entries from finalists and winners of the previous Operation Prevention Video Challenges, visit

“My colleagues and I have been eagerly anticipating the return of the Operation Prevention Video Challenge for our students,” said Rob Lamb, High School Teacher, Pattonville High School, Pattonville School District, St. Louis, Mo. “The friendly competition allows teens to step outside of the day-to-day classroom structure and work together to use their creative perspectives for good.”

The Operation Prevention Video Challenge is launched at a time where prescription opioid misuse and heroin use have reached epidemic levels in the United States. Operation Prevention aims to change that. The nationwide program educates students about the science behind addiction, and its impact on the brain and body. Standards-aligned Operation Prevention interactive resources, available at no cost, help promote lifesaving discussions in the home and classroom.

Discovery Education is proud to support the DEA in sparking a social movement that empowers students nationwide to combat the opioid epidemic,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “We believe in the power of young people to impact the decision-making of their peers and look forward to spotlighting their voices in the 2018 Operation Prevention Video Challenge.”

“We have seen firsthand the positive impact this program has had in our communities across the country,” said Kevin Hartmann, president, DEA Educational Foundation. “This contest gives students a chance to be a part of the solution in this nationwide epidemic. Their PSAs will help save lives.”

The Operation Prevention Video Challenge opens today and will close on March 20, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. United States high school students, ages 13 and older, can register and find more information about the challenge at

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Novozymes And Grundfos Kick Off Collaboration For Clean Water

Biology and pump technology are combined, when the two leading global players enter an open innovation collaboration to find new solutions to the world’s water challenges.

Press Release – COPENHAGEN, Denmark – December 4, 2017 – When you combine biotech with cutting-edge water technology, you might find new solutions to some of the most pressing global issues concerning water scarcity. Thereby, you can make a direct impact on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 6, aiming at securing universal access to water and sanitation by 2030.

This is the scope, when the world’s leading expert in enzymes and microorganisms, Novozymes, and Grundfos, the global leader in advanced pump technologies, enter an open innovation collaboration.

The partnership takes place on, an online universe launched by Novozymes in September 2017 where entrepreneurs, startups and others can connect with industry.

“This is a great opportunity. Partnering with Grundfos opens new possibilities for Novozymes, the HelloScience platform and its users. Until now, we have been able to connect the startups and academics, who are part of this network, with our knowledge about enzymes and microorganisms, and allowing them to use samples in their work, but now we can also connect them with Grundfos’ expertise in water treatment,” says Claus Crone Fuglsang, Senior Vice President, Research & Technology at Novozymes.

The two companies embark on their innovation voyage today. Four specific challenges will be posted online, allowing all in the HelloScience community to pitch their ideas on how to secure clean water for more people – and receive sparring, input and assistance from both Novozymes and Grundfos. The two companies seek solutions to remove polluting chemicals from water and improve cleaning of wastewater. That includes better filtering, less sludge, and recovery of phosphate, a precious nutrient, from wastewater.

“This is an excellent chance to see what we can do in combination with Novozymes. Adding biotechnology to what we can do in for instance digital dosing might very well open brand-new possibilities for e.g. water treatment. And while we strengthen our connection with Novozymes, we also get an opportunity to review fresh takes on the water challenges from all over the world. We need new partnerships to solve these great challenges, and this is another step down that road,” says Lars Enevoldsen, Group Vice President, Technology & Innovation at Grundfos.

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Gen. William L. Shelton, USAF (Ret.), Elected Space Foundation Chairman

Press Release – COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 30, 2017) – The Board of Directors of the Space Foundation met yesterday and Gen. William L. Shelton, USAF (Ret.), was elected to a two-year term as Chairman of the Board. Shelton is former Commander, Air Force Space Command.

Shelton replaces the previous Chairman, ADM James O. Ellis, Jr., USN (Ret.). Ellis is former Commander of United States Strategic Command, former President and Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) and currently Annenberg Distinguished Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

At the meeting, Ellis was elected Director Emeritus, and a new Space Foundation scholarship was created in his honor — the Admiral James O. Ellis, Jr., New Generation National Security Scholarship. This annual scholarship will provide a young professional in the United States Armed Forces full participation in Space Classified programs at the Space Symposium.

Also at the November board meeting, Kathryn Thornton, Ph.D., was elected to a two-year term as Vice Chairman. Thornton is a professor at the University of Virginia and is a former NASA astronaut.

Elected to a two-year term as Secretary was P.J. O’Rourke, author and political satirist, and re-elected to Treasurer was Hoyt Davidson, Managing Partner, Near Earth LLC.

Also on the executive committee is Member-at-Large and Director Emeritus Lon. C. Levin, President and CEO of GEOshare, and RADM Thomas E. Zelibor, USN (Ret.), Space Foundation Chief Executive Officer.

Elected to Life Directors were:

  • Richard F. Ambrose, Executive Vice President, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
  • John W. Elbon, Vice President and General Manager, The Boeing Company – Space Exploration
  • Kay N. Sears, Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company (SSC)

The newly elected Members of the Board are:

  • Christopher U. Browne, Deputy Director, National Air and Space Museum
  • Lisa Callahan, Vice President and General Manager, Commercial Civil Space, Lockheed Martin Space Systems
  • James H. Chilton, Senior Vice President, Space and Missile Systems, Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS)
  • William Gattle, President, Harris Corporation Space and Intelligence Systems
  • Peter B. Trainer, Vice President and Air Force Operations Manager, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
  • Phil Larson, will be the Space Foundation New Generation Space Leader. Larson is Assistant Dean and Chief of Staff, University of Colorado Boulder, College of Engineering & Applied Science.

Continuing their service on the Board:

  • Alice Bunn, Ph.D., Director of Policy, UK Space Agency
  • The Honorable Thomas C. Feeney, III, President and Chief Executive Officer, Associated Industries of Florida
  • Michael C. Gass, former President and Chief Executive Officer, United Launch Alliance
  • Jeffrey D. Grant, Sector Vice President and General Manager, Space Systems, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
  • Blake E. Larson, Chief Operating Officer, Orbital ATK
  • Amy Mainzer, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Fritz Merkle, Ph.D., OHB System, AG
  • Ronald M. Sega, Ph.D., Director, Systems Engineering Programs, Colorado State University; former NASA astronaut
  • Richard R. Yuse, President, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems

The new Board terms commence on Nov. 29, 2017.

About the Space Foundation

Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is the world’s premier organization to inspire, educate, connect, and advocate on behalf of the global space community. It is a nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs, and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium. Space Foundation headquarters is in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA, and has a public Discovery Center, including El Pomar Space Gallery, Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere® and the Lockheed Martin Space Education Center. The Space Foundation has a Washington, D.C., office and field representatives in Houston, Los Angeles and the Florida Space Coast. It publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity, and through its Space Certification™ and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, recognizes space-based innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. Visit both of our websites – and – and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.

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The Amida Care Fund at Stonewall Community Foundation Announces 2017 Grant Awards for HIV/AIDS Initiatives at NYC Community Organizations

Press Release – New York, NY (November 30, 2017) – The Amida Care Fund at Stonewall Community Foundation announced today that it has awarded a total of $20,000 in new grants for innovative HIV prevention and services to several community-based organizations to help them continue their important work in the communities they serve. The 2017 grantees are Community Kinship Life, HEAT, Pride Center of Staten Island, Sylvia Rivera Law Project, Translatina Network, and Trinity Place Shelter. Grant recipients are selected based on their outstanding work to address HIV/AIDS in LGBTQ communities throughout New York City.

Amida Care, the largest Medicaid Special Needs Health Plan (SNP) in New York State, provides comprehensive coverage and coordinated care to New Yorkers with chronic conditions including HIV, and people who are homeless or of transgender experience regardless of HIV status. The Amida Care Fund at Stonewall Community Foundation was established as part of Amida Care’s privately funded Live Your Life wellness program and is focused on supporting work that advances Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Blueprint to End the AIDS Epidemic in New York State by 2020.

The Fund supports HIV education, prevention, intervention, and treatment programs that engage New Yorkers who are at greater risk of acquiring HIV—such as young men of color who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women—and those who are HIV-positive but not virally suppressed or receiving necessary access to care.

“This World AIDS Day, we’re proud to recognize and support organizations that help break down the barriers of stigma, discrimination, homophobia, transphobia, and rigidity around gender expression. These organizations also address socioeconomic challenges like poverty, unemployment, unstable housing, and food insecurity and provide access to HIV prevention methods like PrEP and PEP, HIV testing, and treatment,” said Doug Wirth, President and CEO of Amida Care. “We’ve made great progress in the fight to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic, but we have much more work to do. We must reach the communities most severely affected, particularly transgender individuals and young MSM of color. Amida Care is proud to work in partnership with the Stonewall Community Foundation to support organizations that are providing essential community-based services to New York City’s LGBTQ and gender non-conforming communities.”

“Community-based organizations can help people live fulfilling, authentic lives, even in the face of vulnerability” said Jarrett Lucas, Executive Director of Stonewall Community Foundation. “Supporting groups and projects that invest in LGBTQ youth is particularly important to achieve an AIDS-free generation and a healthier and more equitable New York. We are honored to continue our work with Amida Care to provide this much-needed grassroots funding to our grantee partners.”

Grant awards support a range of HIV-related programs and services:

Community Kinship Life provides the transgender community with the tools needed to achieve their personal goals while having a sense of community and kinship. This includes providing information related to health, employment, and social interactions that will help people lead the most productive life during and after transition. The Fund’s grant award will help to support the organization’s Sex Workers’ Advocacy Team (SWAT) Program, which works on the ground to educate sex workers and share information about safer sex and harm reduction strategies.

HEAT (Health and Education Alternatives for Teens) is the only program of its kind in Brooklyn that provides comprehensive medical and mental health care, supportive services, and access to clinical research for HIV-positive and at-risk youth. Its YMSM/T Health Project works to eliminate the spread of HIV among low-income black and Latino young men who have sex with men and transgender youth. The Fund’s grant award to HEAT will support the YMSM/T Health Project’s House Calls program, a community-based HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening initiative.

Pride Center of Staten Island empowers LGBTQ individuals and families living on Staten Island to achieve their fullest potential. The Center creates a visible, safe, and welcoming space, offers comprehensive resources, provides LGBTQ empowering programs and events, and celebrates diversity. The Fund’s grant award will support the Center’s HIV Prevention Program, which provides comprehensive HIV, STI, and Hepatitis C prevention services.

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence. The Project’s Transgender Healthcare Initiative is an HIV prevention and care program that provides direct legal services to transgender and gender-nonconforming clients to address the challenges that lead to disproportionate HIV infection in these communities. The Fund’s grant will help to support the goals of the initiative, which include increasing access to gender-affirming identity documents and safe, affordable health care; providing legal services and referrals, including assistance with matters related to accessing care; and training service providers on creating trans-inclusive and affirming services.

Translatina Network, a program housed within the LGBT Community Center in Manhattan, is a network of transgender Latinas whose aim is to promote the healthy development of transgender people through outreach, education, and capacity building, allowing the creation of a safe, productive, and equitable environment. The grant award will support the program’s HIV education, employment, and community outreach activities targeting transgender women of color, who are disproportionately impacted by the HIV epidemic.

Trinity Place Shelter supports homeless LGBT youth and young adults in New York City to safely transition out of the shelter system and grow into independent, positive, and productive adults. The Fund’s grant award will help to support the 10-bed shelter that provides LGBTQ homeless youth with a safe place to sleep and eat, and connects them to transportation, counseling, HIV prevention, and health services.

The Fund’s grant selection committee is composed of Amida Care executives, senior staff, and members of the health plan. Committee members have many years of experience working directly with HIV-affected populations in New York and an in-depth understanding of the communities served by the grant recipients. Amida Care’s goal is to continue to raise more money to increase the Fund and expand financial support for this critical work. To donate, please visit

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Elton John AIDS Foundation Launches Fundraising and Awareness Campaign for World AIDS Day With New Mobile Messaging App Kwippit

Press Release – NEW YORK, Dec. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — This year for World AIDS Day, the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) has partnered with Kwippit, the new mobile messaging app, to raise awareness about the global AIDS epidemic and dollars for the Foundation’s lifesaving work. Elton John and many EJAF celebrity friends who have long supported the Foundation’s work have created unique heart designs for a campaign to be launched through Kwippit on World AIDS Day, December 1, and continue throughout the month.

“We’re incredibly honored to work with the Elton John AIDS Foundation on this campaign,” said Kwippit’s Chief Brand Officer, Krista Treide. “We’re excited to connect the digital/social media generation with EJAF’s important efforts to end the AIDS epidemic in our lifetime.”

Every day for the month of December, one new celebrity-designed heart will be released by Kwippit to users who have subscribed to the special Elton John AIDS Foundation channel on the Kwippit mobile app for an annual fee of $0.99. Not only will subscribers have access to these custom celebrity designs, but Kwippit provides an opportunity for them to engage with the content, personalizing the hearts with text before sharing them with friends, family, and followers via social media, while simultaneously raising vital funds for AIDS prevention and research.

Celebrity participants include Elton John (who contributed six designs that will be released throughout the campaign), Boy George, Andy Cohen, Chris Colfer, Ellen DeGeneres, Beth Ditto, Ansel Elgort, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, Colton Haynes, Cheyenne Jackson, Billie Jean King, Heidi Klum, Padma Lakshmi, Adam Lambert, Cyndi Lauper, Sandra Lee, Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison, Ozzy Osbourne, Andrew Rannells, Andy Roddick, Jake Shears, Sharon Stone, Russell Tovey, and Steven Tyler.

“I am so grateful to all of the EJAF friends participating in this Kwippit project for sharing their creativity with us, supporting our work, remaining steadfast to the cause, and believing in our ideals,” said EJAF Founder Sir Elton John.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from channel downloads will go to EJAF’s grant-making programs, working to ensure everyone has the information and means to prevent infection and all people living with HIV have access to high-quality medical care and treatment. To maximize the impact of this digital campaign, all 31 original heart designs (6″x 6″ heart-shaped tiles signed by each celebrity partner) will be framed and auctioned during the Foundation’s 26th annual Academy Awards Viewing Party on Sunday, March 4, 2018, to benefit EJAF’s work.

“Ending AIDS ultimately comes down to this: We must open our hearts to love one another and help every person in need, regardless of who they are, who they love, where they’re from, or what they do,” said EJAF Executive Director Scott P. Campbell. “That’s what this campaign is all about – opening our hearts and raising funds to end AIDS once and for all – for everyone.”

To participate in this special digital art campaign and support the effort to end AIDS, please download the Elton John AIDS Foundation channel on the Kwippit mobile app.

About the Elton John AIDS Foundation

At the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), we believe AIDS can be beaten. We act on that belief by raising funds for evidence-based programs and policies and also by speaking out with honesty and compassion about the realities of people’s lives. Sir Elton John created EJAF nearly 25 years ago, first in the United States in 1992 and then in the United Kingdom in 1993. Through the generous support of far-sighted individuals, foundations, and corporations, the two foundations together have raised more than $400 million over the past quarter century to challenge discrimination against people affected by the epidemic, prevent infections, provide treatment and services, and motivate governments to end AIDS. The U.S. foundation focuses its efforts on programs in the United States, the Americas, and the Caribbean, while the U.K. foundation funds HIV-related work in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Join us in speaking out, taking action, and contributing to our efforts to achieve a world without AIDS. For more information, please visit

About Kwippit

Kwippit is an innovative technology that allows users to personalize and share customized images for next-level messaging. It is an evolution beyond emojis and GIFs and includes dozens of free channels that users can explore to discover new Kwipps from their favorite artists, people, brands, and causes. Premium paid channels allow users to further support the causes they care most about – Kwippit will pay 100% of proceeds to its nonprofit partners. The nonprofit channels provide organizations with access to the digital space alongside larger and younger audiences. Kwippit celebrates personalized communication and works across all social media platforms and messaging apps (WhatsApp, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, WeChat, etc.) The app is poised to be the next frontier for sharing content and connecting friends, brands, artists, and nonprofits via messaging. For more information, visit Download at

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Citi Foundation And Living Cities Announce Findings From City Accelerator Infrastructure Finance Initiative In Four Major American Cities


Press Release – November 29, 2017 – Today, Living Cities and the Citi Foundation released “Resilience, Equity and Innovation,” a new guide for cities looking to deliver on critical infrastructure projects. Built on the experiences of four major Ampuerican cities, the guide shares best practices to build comprehensive and resilient financial strategies that rely on diverse revenue sources, make use of flexible and innovative financing and transfer key long-term risks to the private sector.

“Officials at all levels of government face very real obstacles to taking on the challenges that have the greatest impact on residents’ health, social and economic futures,” said President and CEO of Living Cities Ben Hecht. “This report highlights real-world solutions and new ways of thinking about capital that can be employed by cities across the country. These four cities are leading the way to create stronger, more equitable communities.”

Over the course of the 18-month initiative, cross-disciplinary teams from the four cities applied learnings about innovative revenue sources, creative financial tools and supportable funding models to advance a set of innovative projects.

  • Washington, D.C. formalized its Public-Private-Partnership (P3) project selection process
  • Pittsburgh fundamentally shifted how it prioritizes its efforts to rehab its more than 800 pedestrian staircases
  • Saint Paul determined funding mechanisms for green infrastructure at its Ford Field redevelopment site
  • San Francisco developed a plan for maintaining its seawall- a large-scale, critical infrastructure project that is invisible to most San Franciscans

“These cities are raising the bar by dedicating the time and teams to work towards closing gaps in infrastructure finance in order to better serve residents and create economic opportunities,” said Brandee McHale, President of the Citi Foundation. “Their leadership and learnings from the City Accelerator will inform new approaches to meet the growing demands of infrastructure improvements in the U.S.”

The City Accelerator teams came together four times to learn from each other’s experiences, hear from leading infrastructure finance and government innovation experts and visit major ongoing infrastructure projects across the United States. Many common themes have surfaced, such as the use of delivery strategies like pay-for-success bonding, P3s and Energy Savings Agreements (ESAs) to help ensure projects deliver long-term performance and services, not just bricks and mortar.

This is the third group of cities to take part in the City Accelerator program, an initiative led by Living Cities and supported by the Citi Foundation to accelerate the adoption of innovations within and across local government. Previous areas of focus included embedding innovation in government and engaging harder to reach residents. The City Accelerator also recently launched a new effort on equitable procurement.

The guide includes detailed explanation of modern financing options, as well as a framework for evaluating the tools, models and revenue sources that can be used by different types of infrastructure needs – from public staircases to city streetlights. It was written by Jennifer Mayer, an infrastructure finance expert who led the cities through the effort, and can be found at

About Living Cities

Living Cities harnesses the collective power of 18 of the world’s largest foundations and financial institutions to develop and scale new approaches for creating opportunities for low-income people and improving the cities where they live. Its investments, research, networks, and convenings catalyze fresh thinking and combine support for innovative, local approaches with real-time sharing of learning to accelerate adoption in more places. Additional information can be found at

About the Citi Foundation

The Citi Foundation works to promote economic progress and improve the lives of people in low-income communities around the world. We invest in efforts that increase financial inclusion, catalyze job opportunities for youth, and reimagine approaches to building economically vibrant cities. The Citi Foundation’s “More than Philanthropy” approach leverages the enormous expertise of Citi and its people to fulfill our mission and drive thought leadership and innovation. For more information, visit

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