An update on staffing transitions and what’s ahead for the Hewlett Foundation’s Economy and Society Initiative

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation announced today that Economy and Society Initiative Director Jennifer Harris will depart to join the Biden administration, and Brian Kettenring, who has served as Co-Executive Director of  the Center for Popular Democracy for the past seven years, will join the foundation for a two-year appointment as Initiative Director. As part 

Hewlett Foundation names Charmaine Jackson Mercer as first-ever Chief of Equity and Culture

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has named Charmaine Jackson Mercer, a leader in education, government, philanthropy, and nonprofit arenas, as its first-ever Chief of Equity and Culture, the foundation said today. In this newly created senior role, Mercer will oversee external grantmaking related to racial equity, including a new 10-year, $150 million racial justice 

Environment Program Director Jonathan Pershing leaves Hewlett to join the Biden administration

Jonathan Pershing has stepped down from his role as Environment Program Director for the Hewlett Foundation to join the Biden administration working with Special Envoy for Climate Change John Kerry. Hewlett Foundation President Larry Kramer shared the following about Pershing’s departure: Secretary Kerry’s role is a new one, and a reminder that President Biden intends 

Staffing transitions in the Hewlett Foundation Cyber Initiative

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation announced today that Cyber Initiative Director Eli Sugarman will join the Oversight Board, and Kelly Born will rejoin the foundation as Director on February 1. Hewlett Foundation President Larry Kramer shared the following about the staffing transitions: After six years leading our grantmaking in this area, Eli Sugarman is 

Zhuli Hess joins Hewlett Foundation’s Environment Program

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation announced that Zhuli Hess has joined the foundation’s Environment Program. Program Director Jonathan Pershing shared the following with grantees and foundation staff: I am excited to announce that Zhuli Hess will be joining us as our newest Program Officer in the Environment Program, where she will lead our grantmaking in China on climate 

Hewlett Foundation announces new, five-year $50 million Economy and Society Initiative to support growing movement to replace neoliberalism

Menlo Park, Calif.  — The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation today announced a five-year, $50 million commitment to help develop a new intellectual paradigm to replace neoliberalism—the framework that has dominated our economic and political debates for more than forty years. The new Economy and Society Initiative will help develop a new “common sense” about 

Hewlett Foundation to award $15 million to groups combatting systemic racism

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation announced today that it will award $15 million to a range of nonprofit organizations working against systemic racism, part of a larger set of commitments that the foundation pledged this summer. The 15 recipient organizations include charities working across a broad swath of issues—from health to education to human 

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