Public Welfare Foundation Celebrates Departing Board Members and Announces New Members

On January 1, 2012, the Public Welfare Foundation’s Board of Directors will undergo significant changes. Four current Board members are stepping down due to expired terms in office: Brent L. Henry, Thomas W. Scoville, C. Elizabeth (Beth) Warner and Michael C. Williams. Robert Haskell III has resigned for personal reasons. And Goodwin Liu has resigned after being nominated and confirmed to the California Supreme Court. 

The departing Board members, with the exception of Liu who could not attend, were  celebrated and recognized for their outstanding service at a special dinner prior to the October 21, 2011 Board of Directors’ meeting, which was the last Board meeting this year.  

“We are sad to lose so many distinguished colleagues and friends,” said Peter B. Edelman, Chair of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. “They contributed immensely to the work of the foundation and they will always be members of the Public Welfare Foundation family.”  

Brent Henry currently serves as chair of the Board’s Development committee, leading the Board through two searches for president as well as new Board members. He is a vice president and general counsel of Partners HealthCare System based in Boston, Massachusetts.   

Thomas Scoville followed his father, Herbert Scoville Jr., a noted arms control activist, on the Board. During his 25 years of service to the foundation, Scoville has been an invaluable member of the Board’s Finance committee, helping to choose sound investments. He helped support and sustain the Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship. 

Beth Warner has also been a valued member of the Board’s Finance committee and her experience as a former social worker who worked at Children’s Hospital in Washington, DC has enabled her to bring insight and compassion as the foundation has sought to fulfill its mission of helping those in need. She is the granddaughter of Claudia Marsh, who was married to Public Welfare Foundation founder Charles Edward Marsh, and the daughter of Donald Warner who chaired the foundation’s Board for 10 years, part of a tradition of family members and close associates of Charles Marsh serving on the Board.

Michael Williams currently chairs the Finance committee and has ably guided the foundation through the recent economic downturn. A member of the Board since 1996, he also followed his father, Murat Williams, a career diplomat who served as Ambassador to El Salvador, on the Board. He practices business and corporate law as a partner with the Washington, DC-based law firm of HoganLovells.  

Robert Haskell III, chaired the Finance committee at a critical time nearly two decades ago and provided leadership in helping to create an endowment of diversified assets that has allowed the foundation to continue to fulfill its mission. He is publisher of the Martinsville (VA) Bulletin, and the son of Antoinette Haskell, Charles Marsh’s daughter.   

Goodwin Liu served as a valued member of the foundation’s Board Development committee. He resigned from the Board in August, 2011 and is now a member of the California Supreme Court. Prior to joining the bench, he was a law professor and associate dean at the UC Berkeley School of Law, where he also taught constitutional law and education law and policy. 

Four new members – Stephanie K. Bell-Rose, David L. Dodson, Yolanda Orozco and Shirley Sagawa – have been elected to join the Board in January.

“We are very pleased to welcome these four outstanding individuals to the Board of the Public Welfare Foundation,” Edelman said. “Each one is highly respected and has been successful in her or his chosen field, bringing a wealth of talent, experience and distinguished accomplishments to the board. Individually and collectively, they are committed to making our society better. We are excited to work with them.” 

Stephanie Bell-Rose is the managing director and head of TIAA-CREF Institute, which promotes lifelong financial security and conducts research to help individuals and institutions make sound financial choices. At the Institute, Ms. Bell-Rose has launched effective programs to help charitable and public sector organizations build their financial capacity, among other things. She has also served as the founding president of The Goldman Sachs Foundation and managing director of The Goldman Sachs Group. She was also counsel and program officer for public affairs at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Ms. Bell-Rose is currently a trustee of the Executive Leadership Council Foundation, the American Museum of Natural History, and America’s Promise Alliance.  

David Dodson is president of MDC, a nonprofit organization based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, that is dedicated to expanding opportunity and equity by increasing college enrollment and graduation rates, preparing the workforce and expanding family and community assets. He is spinning off another nonprofit, called Achieving the Dream, focused on increasing student success at U.S. community colleges. He previously served as a program officer, senior program officer and executive director of the Cummins Foundation. He currently serves as a trustee of Durham Technical Community College and serves as a director on several boards, including the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, the Center for Law and Social Policy, the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, and the Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change. 

Yolanda Orozco is a judge on the Los Angeles Superior Court. After starting her legal career as a trial attorney in the Civil Rights division of the U.S. Department of Justice and deputy federal public defender in Los Angeles, she spent more than 20 years in private practice as a business litigator, handling cases in state and federal courts. She has represented clients mostly in arbitrations and mediations in complex commercial and business disputes, but also in federal grand jury investigations and other white collar criminal matters. She currently serves on the board of the Mexican American Bar Foundation and is a past president of the Federal Bar Association. She has also been a commissioner with the City of Los Angeles Planning Commission. 

Shirley Sagawa is a co-founder of sagawa/jospin, a consulting firm that provides strategic counsel to nonprofit organizations, foundations and corporations. The firm’s expertise includes social entrepreneurship, strategic planning, policy, program design, coalition building, and writing/communication. She is also a visiting fellow at the Center for American Progress with responsibility for policy research, development and analysis on national service issues. Based on her previous experience as managing director, executive director and executive vice president of the Corporation for National and Community Service from 1993 to 1997, she led the transition team for that agency after the election of President Barack Obama in 2008. She also previously served as Deputy Assistant to former President Bill Clinton and Deputy Chief of Staff to former First Lady Hillary Clinton. She currently serves as a trustee for City Year and as a board member and executive committee member of Pyramid Atlantic and the National Women’s Law Center.  


The Public Welfare Foundation supports efforts to advance justice and opportunity for people in need. These efforts honor the Foundation’s core values of racial equity, economic well-being, and fundamental fairness for all. The Foundation looks for strategic points where its funds can make a significant difference and improve lives through policy and system reform that results in transformative change. For more information, visit Follow the Foundation on Twitter or on Facebook.

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