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Dan Chu was appointed executive director of The Sierra Club Foundation in Oakland, Calif. He previously led the Sierra Club’s efforts to protect public lands.

Prior to joining the Sierra Club, Chu was the National Wildlife Federation’s vice president for affiliate and regional strategies.

David Flood was promoted to president of the Intermountain Foundation at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, Utah. Flood, who previously was vice president, will provide leadership for all philanthropic programs at Intermountain Healthcare, and oversee the Intermountain Foundation.

Prior to joining Intermountain Healthcare in 2013, Flood held leadership roles in higher education and healthcare, most recently as president of Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations in New Jersey, where he was named the state’s Outstanding Professional Fundraiser by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Rick Kinsel was appointed president of the Vilcek Foundation in New York City. He has been with the organization since its inception in 2000. He was the organization’s executive director.

Prior to the Vilcek Foundation, he served as the director of cultural affairs for COTY, Inc., where he built art collections for offices in New York, Paris, Moscow, and London; managed the company’s charitable initiatives; and helped broker a deal with NASA to create exclusive personal care products for use in the International Space Station. Before that, he started his career at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a cataloguer-in-charge of acquisitions.

Wendelyn “Wende” Nichols-Julien is the new chief executive officer at CASA of Los Angeles.

Nichols-Julien was previously executive director of the California Conference for Equality and Justice (CCEJ), a nonprofit human relations organization dedicated to eliminating bias, bigotry and racism through education, conflict resolution and advocacy.

Nichols-Julien also worked and volunteered for years with Public Counsel’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, specializing in representing victims of domestic violence and trafficking in their immigration cases. She started her career as a community organizer, supporting residents with work related to environmental and economic justice and dismantling systemic oppression in Phoenix, Ariz. and Long Beach, Calif.

Tim Recker joined The James Irvine Foundation in San Francisco as its new chief investment officer. He most recently served as managing director for private equity and real assets at the Regents of the University of California, where he led a team of 10 people that managed a $9 billion portfolio.

At the University of California Regents, Recker started the Real Assets Program, built an Opportunistic Cross-Asset Class strategy and a successful co-investment program. Prior to the UC Regents, he was director of alternative investments at The State of Michigan Retirement Systems, overseeing a $13 billion portfolio.

John B. Valverde is the new chief executive officer at YouthBuild USA in Somerville, Mass.

In his current role as executive vice president for program operations at the Osborne Association in New York, he oversees the operations for a complex, multi-service nonprofit organization with 30 distinct programs supported by more than 50 fund sources.

Valverde has created and implemented numerous initiatives at the Osborne Association to address issues of social and economic justice, including programs that support children, youth and families; substance abuse prevention and treatment; workforce development; financial literacy; housing; court advocacy; alternatives to incarceration; and mentoring and leadership development.

While serving 16 years in prison, he earned his college degrees, including a master’s degree in urban ministry from New York Theological Seminary; helped teach fellow inmates to read and write; worked as an HIV/AIDS counselor; and spoke out against violence. He co-founded Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison, the first privately-funded accredited college program in New York State’s prison system.