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Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies expands its governance structure

October 24, 2022

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies announced that it is expanding its governance structure. The organization has created new Program Committees for Margaret A. Cargill Foundation and Anne Ray Foundation, both of which operate under the umbrella of Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP).

Current MACP board members will serve on the Program Committees, and they will be joined by two new members, Dr. Kathleen Annette and Kevin Washington.

Kathy Annette has more than 30 years of experience with philanthropy and nonprofits. Kathy retired as President and CEO of Blandin Foundation in 2020, and her many honors include the American Indian Physician of the Year award, Northwest Minnesota Foundation Quality of Place Award, and the Jake White Crow National Award. She is enrolled with White Earth Band of Ojibwe and was the first Ojibwe woman in her tribe to become a physician. For her leadership, she received two Presidential Meritorious Awards and the Presidential Distinguished Service Award. Kathy has been a Program Advisor for the MACP board since 2020.

Kevin Washington was the first African American to lead YMCA of the USA (Y-USA), a nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. A 43-year YMCA professional, he served as President and CEO of Y-USA from 2015-2021 and currently serves as Immediate Past National President and CEO. The NonProfit Times named him to the Power & Influence Top 50 in five consecutive years. Kevin is a Health and Health Care Industry Governor at the World Economic Forum and also served on the boards of Springfield College and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.

In addition, Anne Ray Foundation is also adding two new members to its Akaloa Program Committee (APC), which focuses on grantmaking to organizations in Southern California that were important to the organization’s founder, Margaret Cargill, during her lifetime. New members Antonia Hernández and Cheryl Wilson bring deep knowledge of the issues impacting Southern California and APC grantmaking.

Antonia Hernández has been President and Chief Executive Officer of California Community Foundation since 2004. The Foundation has served Angelenos for over a century, and during her tenure has granted nearly $2.3 billion, with a focus on health, housing, education, and immigration. She was previously president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, counsel to the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, and staff attorney with the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice. Antonia is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Law Institute and serves on several other boards, including Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Urban Institute.

Cheryl Wilson has dedicated her career to the care of seniors, most recently as Chief Executive Officer of St. Paul’s Senior Homes & Services in San Diego, a role that she retired from in 2021. In her 32-year tenure with the organization, it grew from a community of 25 staff serving 150 seniors, to the largest San Diego based non-profit exclusively dedicated to senior care, with more than 1,500 seniors and 70 children and over 650 staff members. Her awards have included Salvation Army Woman of Dedication, Mentor of the Year, and Women in Leadership. She extends her passion for senior healthcare on multiple boards and committees, including The Global Aging Network, LeadingAge California, Retirement Housing Foundation, Institute for Senior Living, and Doris A. Howell Foundation.

“We are excited to add these new voices to our governance structure,” commented Christy Morse, Board Chair for the Philanthropies. She continued, “MACP is committed to ensuring our staff and board reflect the communities where we live and work, and the additional knowledge and perspectives offered by Kathy, Kevin, Antonia, and Cheryl will help our organization more fully live into that commitment.”