The board of directors of the Arizona Community Foundation (ACF) has elected Shelley Cohn, former executive director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, as chairman. She succeeds Ron Butler, Arizona managing partner for Ernst & Young, who served as chairman since 2015. She served as vice chairman to Butler throughout his two-year term.
A member of the ACF board of directors since 2008, Cohn was previously a member of the precursor to ACF’s Philanthropic Services Committee.
With a tenure that began in 1984, Cohn had been executive director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts for 21 years when she retired in 2005 and remains tireless in her advocacy for the arts. She consults with the Flinn Foundation on its arts and culture programs. Additional consultant roles have included the Tucson Pima Arts Council, Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Rhode Island Arts Council, South Carolina Arts Council, Washington State Arts Council, Minnesota Arts Board, and KAET Channel 8, Kentucky Arts Council, Tennessee Arts Commission. Cohn served as interim CEO for the Scottsdale Cultural Council from 2006 to 2008. She has taught classes in arts entrepreneurship and arts and public policy at Arizona State University between 2006 and 2010.
In addition to her relationship with ACF, Cohn is president elect of the board of trustees for the Desert Botanical Garden, a previous president and current board member of Childsplay, and the chair of Hillel at ASU’s Life & Legacy giving program.
Deborah Fernandez Turner of Scottsdale’s Temple Kol Ami is among more than 23 Reform Jewish leaders in North America recently elected to the Board of Trustees of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ).
The URJ leads the largest Jewish movement in North America. Fernandez Turner is also a member of Temple Emanu-El in Tucson, where she has held several leadership positions. She is a child and adolescent psychiatrist who has worked over the last 18 years primarily with the Arizona Medicaid population both in Pima and Maricopa counties.