Russell Simmons' Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation Names New Executives

Rush Philanthropic

Arts Foundation executives Ellen Haddigan and Tangie Murray have been named

as the organization's new board president and managing director.

The appointment

was made Thursday (June 29) by foundation chairman Russell Simmons and vice

chairman Danny Simmons, who welcomed Haddigan's vision as board president.

"Ellen has

been crucial to the growth of this organization," said Danny Simmons. "Under

her stewardship, we have seen development of a loyal group of sponsors, and

the overall strengthening of our internal operations."

CO-founded 11

years ago by Russell Simmons, Danny Simmons and Joseph "Rev. Run"

Simmons, the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation provides arts education and

access to under privileged NYC youth, as well as exposure and exhibition opportunities

to emerging artists and artists of color.

Under Haddigan's

six-year tenure as executive director, the organization has grown to include

exhibitions and mentoring initiatives in New York City and Palm Beach County.

The Rush Community Grants Program annually provides direct funding to more than

70 nonprofit organizations.

"I am honored

to continue my service to Rush Philanthropic as president of the board. There's

a bright future ahead for the Foundation with a fantastic team and many new

initiatives," said Haddigan, who was recently named director of development

for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

A former assistant

executive director, Murray has been with the Foundation since 2003 as director

of marketing and special events. During that time, she led the organization's

fundraising efforts with the Art For Life East Hampton and Art For Life Palm

Beach benefit galas.

The events raised

more than $2 million last year.

"I am thrilled

to become managing director of this organization I've come to love these past

few years," said Murray, a University of California, Los Angeles graduate.

"I've thoroughly enjoyed working with Russell and Danny, and look forward

to leading the organization into a bright future."

Russell Simmons

predicts Murray will take the Foundation to the next level.

"For the

past several years Tangie has been a key player in Rush Philanthropic and we

are happy to be able to formally recognize her vital role on the staff by promoting

her to managing director," he said.