People (December Edition)

Elyse Buxbaum is the new executive vice president for strategy and development at The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York City.

In this newly-created position, Buxbaum will be responsible for strategizing, designing, and executing an ambitious development program to significantly increase and diversify fundraising revenue.

Buxbaum has nearly 20 years of fundraising, team-building, and arts management experience, with expertise in both individual and institutional fundraising. She most recently served as deputy director of development at the Jewish Museum.

Prior to her role at the Jewish Museum, Buxbaum worked at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City, and the CUNY Creative Arts Team.

Patrick Canagasingham is the new chief operating officer at Habitat for Humanity International in Atlanta, Ga. Canagasingham, who currently serves as chief executive officer of Canadian nonprofit Children Believe, will join Habitat in March 2020.

Patrick Canagasingham

Canagasingham will assume operational responsibility for Habitat, which operates in more than 70 coutries. A native of Sri Lanka and a Canadian citizen, he has been chief executive officer of Toronto-based Children Believe since 2017. He previously served as chief operating officer of Oxfam International.

Prior to Oxfam, Canagasingham held senior leadership roles with World Vision in Canada and East Asia from 2007 through 2015, including vice president of international programs at World Vision Canada.

Karen Doubilet was appointed executive director at PeacePlayers in Washington, D.C. Doubilet has served as the managing director of PeacePlayers Middle East since 2006.

Karen Doubilet

Under her leadership, PeacePlayers Middle East’s program has reached more than 10,000 Palestinian and Israeli youth coming together through the power of basketball. She is an expert in intergroup relations with numerous years of academic and field experience in cross-cultural facilitation, Arab-Jewish relations, and the development and evaluation of integration programs. Doubilet will continue to be based out of Tel Aviv, Israel.

Niles Godes is the new chief government relations and policy officer at UsAgainst- Alzheimer’s in Washington, D.C.

Niles Godes

Godes most recently spent five years as senior vice president of Congressional Affairs for LeadingAge, where he represented 6,000 nonprofit members that provide health and housing services for older adults. He led a team of in-house lobbyists and external consultants, and he coordinated advocacy efforts with coalitions, affiliates in 39 states and other stakeholders.

Godes served earlier in his career as Democratic Staff Director for the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee, and previously worked as Legislative Director and then Chief of Staff for Sen. Byron Dorgan of North Dakota.

Danielle Maged joined Global Citizen in New York City as chief growth officer, a newly created position. Maged has more than two decades of experience inspiring change, building and running businesses, driving revenue and developing brands. She will work to expand and diversify Global Citizen’s revenue streams, driving innovation and new partnerships across both consumer and business segments.

Danielle Maged

Maged will oversee the organization’s marketing, communications, public relations, editorial, rewards, and product efforts.

Maged’s operating experience spans media properties and major leagues, such as Fox Sports, National Geographic, NBA, ESPN, as well as Madison Square Garden and eBay/StubHub. Most recently, she served as executive vice president of global solutions at Fox Networks Group.

Sharron McCarthy was appointed chief executive officer of Girls Inc. of New Hampshire in Manchester. She has served on the Girls Inc. of New Hampshire board for three years.

Sharron McCarthy

McCarthy most recently was publisher and president of McLean Communications in Manchester, N.H., which owns New Hampshire Magazine, NH Business Review, New Hampshire Home, New Hampshire Magazine’s Bride and Parenting.

Rafael Pérez is the new chief human resources officer at Consumer Reports (CR) in Yonkers, N.Y. Pérez will lead CR’s talent and human resources strategy.

Pérez most recently served as chief people officer at Analytic Partners, where he led change management activities, including organizational and culture assimilation plans, and executive coaching. Previously, he worked at American Express in several senior-level roles, ultimately serving as vice president and human resources business partner for the global consumer travel business, as well as software product management organization.

Carmen Rojas, Ph.D., will be the new president and chief executive officer of the Marguerite Casey Foundation in Seattle, Wash. Rojas currently serves on the foundation’s board of directors and will transition into her new role on June 1.

Carmen Rojas, Ph.D

Rojas will join the foundation from The Workers Lab, which she founded in 2014. Under her leadership, The Workers Lab has become a leading supporter of new ideas regarding increasing worker power in the United States.

Prior to starting The Workers Lab, she was acting director of collective impact at Living Cities. She focused on improving economic opportunity for low-income people by supporting projects in economic and workforce development, energy efficiency, and asset building.

From 2008 to 2011, Rojas was the director of strategic grantmaking at the Mitchell Kapor Foundation, where she oversaw the foundation’s Green Access and Civic Engagement programs.

Barron Segar is the new president and chief executive officer of World Food Program USA in Washington, D.C. He most recently was executive vice president and chief development officer at UNICEF USA.

Barron Segar

Segar has more than 20 years’ experience growing philanthropic and cause marketing platforms. At UNICEF USA, Segar was instrumental in delivering more than $500 million in annual revenue. Prior to UNICEF USA, Segar was director of development for Georgia Public Broadcasting, where he and his team were nationally recognized for record-breaking fundraising performance. He also has experience in the private sector working in financial services.

Segar has held positions on multiple boards. He is a founding and current board member at the Elton John AIDS Foundation.