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September 2018

Gordon Berlin, Corbett Kalama, and Giorgio Caldarone

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation selected a new trustee as well as assigned new leadership roles in its Hawaii office.

On November 30, 2018, Alvin Awaya, Trustee and Vice President/Chief Executive Officer of the Hawaii office, will conclude 44 years of service with the foundation. Mr. Awaya’s tenure included leadership and direction of the Hawaii office, which manages the foundation’s real estate holdings and grantmaking in the Hawaiian Islands. He worked for a national CPA firm before starting his career with Harry Weinberg in 1974 and has served in a dual role as both trustee and employee of the foundation since 1990.

The Weinberg Foundation has selected Gordon Berlin to succeed Mr. Awaya as trustee, beginning December 1, 2018. In 2004, Mr. Berlin was appointed President of MDRC, a New York-based nonprofit, nonpartisan education, and social policy research organization dedicated to learning the most effective ways of improving programs and policies that affect the poor. Before joining MDRC in 1990, he served as Executive Deputy Administrator for Management, Budget, and Policy at the $6-billion, 33,000-person New York City Human Resources Administration. Mr. Berlin worked for six years as a Program Officer and Deputy Director of the Ford Foundation’s Urban Poverty program, where he gained a reputation as a creative and effective grantmaker and respected leader in the philanthropic community. Throughout his career, he has developed and managed programs to address problems of persistent poverty affecting vulnerable populations, including welfare dependency, homelessness, and unemployment.

The foundation has also appointed Corbett Kalama to succeed Mr. Awaya as leader of the Hawaii office. Mr. Kalama will be promoted to the position of Executive Vice President, Hawaii Office, effective December 1, 2018. His new role will include management of all Hawaii office operations, including the annual distribution of $12 million in grants in Hawaii and serving as liaison to the foundation’s leadership and staff in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition, Mr. Kalama will be a visible public representative of the foundation in the business, philanthropic, nonprofit, and government sectors of Hawaii.

The foundation also hired Giorgio Caldarone as Managing Director, Hawaii Real Estate. In this newly created position, Mr. Caldarone will oversee the foundation’s real estate portfolio and lead the management of more than 250 properties held by the foundation in Hawaii. He will work closely with the foundation’s Baltimore, Maryland-based investment team as he formulates and executes a strategy to optimize returns and cash flow, with a particular focus on property operations, dispositions, redevelopment/repositioning, recapitalization, and joint-venture options. Most recently, Mr. Caldarone served as Senior Director of Planning and Development, as well as Director of Real Estate Planning and Regional Asset Manager for Kamehameha Schools in Honolulu, Hawaii. He supervised a team responsible for planning and development activities for a $3.5 billion commercial real estate portfolio.

Phone: 410.654.8500


Alan B. Cohen, ScD

The Milbank Memorial Fund announced that Alan B. Cohen, ScD, will serve as the editor of The Milbank Quarterly. Mr. Cohen is a research professor in the Markets, Public Policy, and Law Department of the Questrom School of Business and professor of health law, policy, and management in the Boston University School of Public Health.

Mr. Cohen was the National Program Director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research Program from 2013 to 2018, and also directed the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research Program from 1992 to 2016. At Boston University since 1994, he directed the Questrom School’s Health Care MBA Program for nine years and the Boston University Health Policy Institute for 10 years. His current research interests include: national health policy and health system reform, comparative health care systems, and evaluation of quality improvement initiatives. Earlier in his career, Cohen held faculty positions at Johns Hopkins University and Brandeis University, and spent eight years at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Mr. Cohen is principal author of Technology in American Health Care: Policy Directions for Effective Evaluation and Management; co-editor of Medicare and Medicaid at 50: America’s Entitlement Programs in the Age of Affordable Care; and co-editor of “The Politics and Challenges of Achieving Health Equity,” a special issue of the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law.

Mr. Cohen is an elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and previously served on the editorial boards of Health Affairs, Inquiry, and the Journal of Health Organization and Management. In the past, he also was a John Evans Visiting Fellow at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, a member of the Advisory Panel on Improving Healthcare Systems for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute; and a member of the International Scientific Advisory Group for the National Health Service’s Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care in the West Midlands of the United Kingdom.

Contact: Judith Zimmer
Phone: 212.355.8400
Email: jzimmer@milbank.org


Mark S. Ward II

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina announced Mark S. Ward II has joined the staff as Project Coordinator and Special Assistant. In his role, Mr. Ward will assist the President with all governance functions pertaining to the board of trustees including the Executive, Governance, and Finance Committees. He will be actively involved in the foundation’s day to day operations including scheduling, purchasing, accounts receivable, and a host of other responsibilities. He will also play an integral part in the foundation’s strategic planning process beginning next year.

Contact: Langley Shealy
Phone: 803.254.0230
Email: lshealy@sistersofcharitysc.com