Foundation Welcomes New Members to Board of Directors; Re-Elects Chair and Vice Chair

Michael Morand and Emily Wang to begin seven-year terms effective January 1, 2024

L-R: Michael Morand, Emily Wang. Photos Courtesy of Yale University

New Haven, Conn. (March 21, 2024) - The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, the region's largest grantmaker and charitable endowment, welcomes two new members to its board of directors effective January 1: Michael Morand, cultural heritage professional at Yale University; and Emily Wang, professor in the Yale School of Medicine and director of SEICHE Center for Health and Justice at Yale. Each will serve a seven-year term. Morand was appointed by the president of Yale University to succeed Joseph Gordon, former deputy dean of Yale College and dean of Undergraduate Education. Wang was appointed by the mayor of the City of New Haven and succeeds Maysa Akbar, clinical psychologist and professor in the Yale School of Medicine.

“Michael Morand and Emily Wang are both great community leaders and they will bring so much to the work of The Community Foundation as board members here,” said William W. Ginsberg, The Foundation’s president & CEO. “The depth and breadth of their knowledge and experience are truly extraordinary. We thank them for their willingness to serve and thank President Salovey and Mayor Elicker for these outstanding appointments.”

Morand, director of community engagement for Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, has been in the senior administration of Yale for three decades, with earlier roles including service as the university’s deputy chief communications officer and associate vice president for New Haven and state affairs. A longtime civic leader in New Haven, Morand has served on and chaired many boards, and currently chairs the Friends of the Grove Street Cemetery board and serves on the Dixwell Community House advisory board, among others. He is also the recipient of a special Elm and Ivy Award in recognition of exemplary leadership and initiative in developing and strengthening the collaborative relationships between the New Haven and Yale University communities.

Wang is a professor of Medicine and of Public Health at Yale and director of Yale’s SEICHE Center for Health and Justice, a collaboration between the Yale School of Medicine and Yale Law School. She is also director of the Health Justice Lab and co-founder of the Transitions Clinic Network at Yale. She leads these initiatives with a focus on identifying and applying strategies to improve the health of individuals and communities impacted by incarceration.

In addition to the new appointments, The Foundation board has re-elected Marcella Nunez-Smith as chair and Fernando J. Muñiz as vice chair, for a second year of service in the roles. Nunez-Smith, who joined the board in 2018, is the associate dean for Health Equity Research; C.N.H Long professor of Medicine, Public Health and Management; and founding director of the Equity Research and Innovation Center in the Office for Health Equity Research at Yale School of Medicine. Muñiz, who joined the board in 2020, is the CEO of Community Solutions, Inc., and has a long career in child welfare, juvenile justice and public administration.

About The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven in Connecticut is one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the U.S. and was established in 1928 as the permanent charitable endowment for New Haven and its surrounding communities of: Ansonia, Bethany, Branford, Cheshire, Derby, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Milford, North Branford, North Haven, Orange, Oxford, Seymour, Shelton, Wallingford, West Haven and Woodbridge. In 2020, The Foundation began implementing a five-year strategic plan and enacted new mission and vision statements toward expanding opportunity and equity in Greater New Haven. The Foundation’s mission is to inspire, support, inform, listen to and collaborate with the people and organizations of Greater New Haven to build an ever more connected, inclusive, equitable and philanthropic community. For more information about The Foundation, visit or follow @cfgnh on facebook and twitter.


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