June 2019: News and Notes from NCFP’s Friends of the Family Network

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Friends Focus highlights updates from members of our Friends of the Family network and their cutting edge work. This month features updates from the Brinson Foundation, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, and the Sobrato Family Foundation.

Are you a current Friend or Leadership Circle member of NCFP with an update or good news about your foundation that you would like to share with Family Giving News readers? Please email us

Brinson Foundation Announces Leadership Transition

James D. Parsons will step down as Brinson Foundation president at the end of 2019. During the past fifteen years, Jim helped the board and staff implement best practices in governance and management, refine the Foundation’s grantmaking strategies and leveraged their grantmaking through his leadership in the non-profit sector. Christy Uchida, Senior Program Officer, will succeed Jim as president. Christy is an active member of NCFP’s Non-family Staff Peer Network.

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Elects Two New Board Members

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation announced the recent election of Kofi Appenteng and Justin McAuliffe to serve as members of its board of directors. Kofi Appenteng’s career is filled with a deep commitment to African youth, leadership and economic development, as well as to US-Africa relations. He is the chief executive officer of the Africa-America Institute (AAI). Justin McAuliffe is a great-grandson of Conrad Hilton, a grandson of Chairman Emeritus Barron Hilton, and the first of the fourth-generation direct descendants of Conrad Hilton to join the board of directors.

Sobrato Family Foundation Announces Leadership Transition

Rick Williams has stepped down as CEO of the Sobrato Family Foundation and will transition to a Senior Adviser role. No successor has been named.

Special Thanks: NCFP Friends and Leadership Circle Members

We offer special thanks to our Friends of the Family and Leadership Circle funders who support and sustain the work of NCFP. Our Leadership Circle recognizes a special group of our most generous supporters. Our Friends offer continuing support for our work, ensuring that future generations of donor families can access the best possible resources for sound decision-making. See a complete list of NCFP Leadership Circle and Friends of the Family. Or, for more information, please contact Maureen Esposito at (202) 293-3276 or at maureen@ncfp.org.