The National Trust for Historic Preservation has announced the appointment of a new group of officers, following a recent reorganization. Russell V. Keune has become senior vice president in charge of the Office of Preservation Programs. Kathryn Welch has been appointed vice president of that same office. William J. Murtagh has been named vice president for preservation services, and Bonnie R. Cohen is the new vice president for finance and administration. Harrison B. Wetherill Jr. has been appointed general counsel and a vice president, and Vice President Aubra H. Anthony Jr. has taken over the new Office of Policy and Planning.

Kenneth R. Farrell, for the past four years administrator of the Agriculture Department's Economics and Statistics Service, has been named first director of a new food and agricultural policy program at Resources for the Future.

Joseph H. Riley, chairman of the National Savings and Trust Co., has been selected as the guest of honor for greater metropolitan Washington's 1981 benefit for the National Jewish Hospital/National Asthma Center.

The Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind has elected Franklin B. Hofheimer to its board of trustees. Hofheimer is a former vice president of Aero Chevrolet and served as president of the Alexandria Rental Corp. from 1967 to 1980. New Columbia Lighthouse officers for the 1981-82 season are: David Miller, president; Mrs. Edward J. Grenier Jr., senior vice president; Ferd Nauheim, first vice president; Mrs. Freddie J. Peaco, second vice president; Virgil J. Gist, treasurer, and Oral Miller, secretary.

J. Thomas Black has been promoted to director of research of the Urban Land Institute. Other staff promotions: Jerry S. Church, senior director for member services; Carla S. Crane, staff vice president for member services; Robert L. Helms, staff vice president for operations and Betty J. O'Brien, controller.

George E. Arnstein has been appointed executive vice president of the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America. Arnstein spent the four previous years as a senior policy adviser in the Veterans Administration and will be involved in the planned future move of AAFA from New York to Washington.

Jacqueline G. Wertime has been appointed assistant director of the Office of Communications Resources at the American Red Cross national headquarters here.