“Obama Picks Foundation President for Budget Chief.” By Annie Lowrey. New York Times. March 3, 2013. President Obama plans to nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the president of the Walmart Foundation, as his budget chief, a White House official said on Sunday. Ms. Burwell, if confirmed by the Senate, would step into the role amid heated budget battles with Congressional Republicans. Federal agencies have started to implement the budget cuts known as sequestration — $85 billion in blunt, across-the-board spending reductions that were meant to force Democrats and Republicans to reach a long-term deal to pare the deficit. Ms. Burwell would bring a new voice to an administration that has developed a reputation for insularity, and she would provide some gender diversity to a circle of top White House aides that is dominated by men. Ms. Burwell would be only the second woman to hold the title of budget director, after Alice Rivlin, an economist now at the Brookings Institution, who held the job in the Clinton administration. Ms. Burwell’s selection, which was expected, was to be announced on Monday. She has worked in the nonprofit world since leaving politics, spending much of the 2000s at the Gates Foundation, the $36 billion fund that finances global health and poverty-eradication programs. She has led the billion-dollar Walmart Foundation, the charitable organization with ties to Wal-Mart Stores Inc., since late 2011.
“Ford Foundation Head Steps Down.” By John Schwartz. New York Times. March 5, 2013. The president of the Ford Foundation, Luis A. Ubiñas, will leave in September after six years at the nation’s second-largest philanthropic organization. Mr. Ubiñas engineered an overhaul intended to streamline Ford’s operations and led Ford through the worst of the recession. “One of the hardest things for a leader is to know when to step down,” he wrote to the staff.