Minnesota Housing Commissioner Tim Marx Steps Down from Post

Today, Minnesota Housing Commissioner Tim Marx announced that he will be leaving the agency to become the Executive Director of Common Ground, a New York City-based nonprofit housing and community development organization. This change will take place in early November.

MHP extends its best wishes to the commissioner in his new endeavor and recognizes the tremendous vision and sense of strategic leadership that Marx brought to the agency.

Commissioner Marx is another link in the chain of great stewards of Minnesota’s housing finance agency. MHP calls upon Governor Pawlenty to continue the tradition of depoliticizing this agency by appointing a highly regarded professional to replace Commissioner Marx.

Chip Halbach
Executive Director
Minnesota Housing Partnership

Chnage in leadership at Avenues for Homeless Youth (MN)

I received an e-mail notifying me that Wendi Heurermann, formerly the Executive Director of Avenues for Homeless Youth, has left.  She is replaced by an interim director, Deborah Loon.  Ms. Heurermann has taken a job as Director of Community Action, a non-profit in Hudson, Wisconsin, where her family lives.  We should follow-up with Avenues for Homeless Youth and find out how the search is going.

We visited Avenues during our visit to Minneapolis in spring 2006.

Change at Planned Parenthood of Chicago

We received a letter from Steve Trombley, the President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Chicago, dated July 16.  This is what it says:

As you are probably aware, the five Planned Parenthood affiliates in Illinois consolidated in March of 2008 to form one statewide organization, Planned Parenthood of Illinois.  PPIL now serves of 80,000 women, teens and families in the state, with ten health centers in the Chicago area and ten in major cities downstate.  Our mission remains the same, to provide reproductive health care, education, and advocacy for reproductive health and rights.

Change in Leadership at DC Creative Writing Workshop

We received a letter dated July 21, 2008, informing us that:

the new interim Executive Director to the DC Creative Writing Workshop is Ruth B. Tillett.  Ms. Tillett is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College as well as the University of Maryland School of Law.  She recently served as the Interim Executive Director of Heighbors’ Consejo, also in Washington, DC.  Prior to that, Ms. Tillett was a Consultant to several nonprofits in the DC metropolitan area.

Nancy Schwalb, the Workshop’s founder, continues to serve as Artistic Director.  Dwayne Betts, Senior Writer in Residence has now assumed the title of Program Associate/Senior Writer in Residence.

With the new leadership in place, the DC Creative Writing Workshop is assured of stable continuity as we go into the 2008-2009 school year.  Our programs will continue to provide creative writing opportunities for DC public school students as well as enriching their lives with trips to the theater, museums and poetry readings.

Former Grantee receives an award

Professor Benjamin Isaac, a professor at the University of Tel Aviv, was the recipient for several years of an LIRF grant for his project to map the Roman Roads in Israel.  He has recently been awarded the Israel Prize for General History.  Here is the brief write-up from the Friends of Tel Aviv University:

An authority on the history of Rome and its eastern provinces, including the Land of Israel, Benjamin Isaac is one of the few classicists worldwide to combine expertise in Greek and Roman sources, archaeological finds and Talmudic literature.  He was additionally cited for his findings on the roots of racism in the ancient world, which have had sweeping implications in the field; his in-depth and systematic analysis of Roman rule in the Middle East; and his standing as an exceptional teacher.