Jasmine N. Hall Ratliff, Chair
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Jasmine N. Hall Ratliff is a program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Her work to create a culture of health across the country includes reducing childhood obesity through policy change and advocacy and connecting community development with health outcomes. In addition she is on a foundation-wide team exploring program related investments that support RWJF’s mission to improve the health and health care of all Americans. She approaches all of her work with a particular commitment to improving the health of communities of color. Jasmine received her Master’s in Health Administration from the Saint Louis University School of Public Health and her BA from the University of Virginia. Jasmine is a Virginia native and is married with a young daughter.
Beth Herz, Secretary
Beth Herz is associate program officer at the Surdna Foundation, a New York-based family foundation supporting sustainable and just communities in the U.S. In this role, Beth works with Surdna’s staff and board to bolster collaboration and impact in the foundation’s grantmaking, communications, and investments. Beth joined Surdna as a member of the Sustainable Environments team, where she contributed to grantmaking and strategy development in transportation, energy, and regional food infrastructure. In addition to sitting on the board of advisors of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, she is vice chair of the Responsible Endowments Coalition’s board. Beth hails from the great city of Rochester, New York and loves to visit her hometown in all seasons.
Zeke Spier, Treasurer
Social Justice Fund Northwest
Zeke has been working at Social Justice Fund for five years. Over that time, he has engaged hundreds of people as donors and helped to move millions of dollars to grassroots organizing in the Northwest. Zeke has experience both as a manager in the corporate sector and as a community organizer, working on issues from the just reconstruction of New Orleans to criminal justice issues in Philadelphia. In addition to the EPIP board, he is on the EPIP Seattle Steering Committee and is a member of the leadership team of the Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites. Zeke was born in Portland, Oregon, and enjoys reminiscing about his cross-country bicycle trip on his 6-mile ride to work.
Rahsaan K. Harris, Executive Director, Board Member Ex Officio
Richard Brown is a Vice President of Philanthropy at American Express where he oversees the company’s global giving programs under the Historic Preservation and Leadership giving themes, which includes the Partners in Preservation program with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the World Monument Fund’s Watch List, as well as the American Express Leadership Academy. Additionally, Mr. Brown was a key presenter of the first-ever White House Forum on Nonprofit Leadership and plays a lead role in the Initiative on Nonprofit Talent and Leadership.
Previously the Corporate Secretary of the Goldman Sachs Foundation, Mr. Brown has also held leadership positions in corporate philanthropy at AT&T Wireless, the Toys R Us Children’s Fund, the Texaco Foundation and Altria.
Mr. Brown currently serves on the STRIVE Board of Directors; is a member of the Council of Foundation’s Corporate Committee, is a former board member of the Philanthropy New York, and the past president and current treasurer of the Foundation of the Westchester Clubmen. Mr. Brown is also a trustee of the Lincoln Fund — a Foundation that supports a wide-range of community-based programs in New York City. A graduate of Syracuse University, Mr. Brown has an MS Degree in Organizational Change Management at The Milano Graduate School at New School University in New York.
Minnesota Council on Foundations
Trista Harris is president of MCF, a vibrant community of grantmakers who award almost $1 billion annually. Prior to joining MCF in August 2013, she was executive director of the Headwaters Foundation for Justice in Minneapolis, and she previously served as program officer at The Saint Paul Foundation and Minnesota Community Foundation (now Minnesota Philanthropy Partners). Trista earned her master’s of public policy degree from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, and her bachelor of arts from Howard University, Washington, D.C. She is a passionate national advocate for new leaders in the independent sector, and she strives to promote best practices in grantmaking that build capacity of nonprofits while creating measurable social change in the community.
Achieving the Dream
Julian A. Haynes is an Associate Director of Programs and Policy with Achieving the Dream, Inc. In this role, Julian oversees the day to day management of Achieving the Dream’s Working Families Success Network (WFSN) national expansion.
Prior to his role with Achieving the Dream, Inc., Julian was a Program Associate on the Education Team at the Kresge Foundation where for three years he helped manage a national portfolio of grants supporting efforts to increase post-secondary degree attainment for traditionally under-served students. Previously, he was a Research Associate at Guttman Community College in the CUNY system, and a Project Coordinator with the United Way of Dane County in Madison, WI.
Educational Background: Julian holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from Morehouse College in Atlanta, and a Masters in Nonprofit Management from Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy in New York City.
The Atlantic Philanthropies
Don Jordan currently serves as the Program Associate for U.S. Programs at The Atlantic Philanthropies. Over the last twelve years Don has developed and managed grants across the areas of Aging, Pre-Collegiate Education & Youth and Founding Chairman Programs, all in support of the organization’s mission to support the most disadvantaged and vulnerable populations.
He has served on various committees in differing capacities, including Philanthropy New York’s Increasing Diversity in Philanthropy Committee, the New York Steering Committee for EPIP, as well as three years on the conference planning committee for Grantmakers in Aging. Don was Founder and Artistic Director of Pilot House, The Theater Company and currently sits on the company’s Board of Directors. He also serves on the Board of Advisors for The New York Theatre Experience.
Don holds an MPA from the Baruch College School of Public Affairs and a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Dana Linnane, Development/Communications Co-Chair
W. K. Kellogg Foundation
Dana Linnane is a policy communications manager with a focus on policy for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Mich., reporting to the vice president of communications. In this role, she leads communications and media activities with program teams, including print, video, web and social media efforts to capture and disseminate stories and lessons from Kellogg Foundation-funded programs.
Prior to joining the foundation in October 2010, Linnane served in various roles in the philanthropic and nonprofit sector, including program officer at the Ruth Mott Foundation, William C. Richardson fellow in government affairs and philanthropy at the Council of Michigan Foundations and development associate at Nonprofit Enterprise at Work. She has worked as an independent consultant for several Michigan-based foundations and nonprofit organizations, including the Battle Creek Community Foundation, the McGregor Fund, The Kresge Foundation, the Mandell L. and Madeleine H. Berman Foundation, the C.S. Mott Foundation and the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication studies and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan.
Southeastern Council of Foundations
Dwayne Marshall serves as the Director of Programs and Partnerships for the Southeastern Council of Foundations. In this role, he designs educational programs for the over 300+ member foundations within their eleven state regional network. In addition, Dwayne fosters alliances with philanthropic and private sector organizations to provide value added services for SECF members. Prior to this role, Marshall was the founder of The Hope Institute where developed leadership development programs and services for high school youth in the metro Atlanta, Georgia community. Dwayne has served as an Organizer in Residence at the Southern Partners Fund and participated in the Atlanta Black-Jewish Coalition which brings together young servant leaders committed to fostering social justice. Dwayne Marshall has been featured in several publications including TIME Magazine and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Dwayne received his BBA degree from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. He resides in Atlanta, Georgia.
Regan Gruber Moffitt
Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation
Regan Gruber Moffitt is senior associate for public policy with the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation (WRF). In this role, she is responsible for helping WRF proactively identify and support policy and advocacy activities that increase prosperity in the state of Arkansas.
Within the philanthropic sector, Regan is active in the Southeastern Council of Foundations, Grantmakers for Southern Progress, Grantmakers for Education, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, and the Arkansas Philanthropy Roundtable. She is a founding member of the Little Rock Chapter of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN).
Prior to joining the Foundation in 2009, Regan practiced law and worked extensively in policy and education. She has experience with the Texas and Arkansas legislatures and was a Teach for America corps member in Houston.
Regan earned her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College, her master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and her juris doctorate from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law.
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
Christine Reeves is the senior field associate at the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. Christine dedicates her specialist and generalist skill sets to socially just philanthropy that addresses root causes of problems, serves and empowers marginalized communities, and creates a laboratory for innovative ideas. As a nationally recognized public speaker, Christine travels the country giving presentations and having conversations about philanthropic strategies that enhance positive social impact.
Beyond NCRP, she served as a grantmaker for the Funding Exchange Network (FEX). Christine also serves on the Foundation Leadership Committee for the Foundation Challenge on Investment & Divestment. She contributes to philanthropy blogs, including: Keeping A Close Eye, EPIPhanies, and LearnPhilanthropy. Christine co-authored the article “Specialist or Generalist: A False Dichotomy,” in Responsive Philanthropy. Christine earned her master’s degree from Duke University’s Terry Sanford School of Public Policy, where she wrote her master’s thesis: “Major Trends of International Grantmaking Foundations: A Project for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.”
Sharon Rice is the Director of Community Relations at Generocity.org, a social impact news organization based in Philadelphia. Her work centers on community organization through journalism and social impact initiatives and currently directs the community program for the organization. Sharon previously worked as a therapist for children and youth in foster care and her transition to community development and organizing supports her full time work as well as her outside activities. In addition to the EPIP board of advisers, Sharon is also the Communication Chair of the EPIP Philadelphia Steering Committee.
Sharon is passionate about philanthropy and places an emphasis on the communities it serves as a first step in programming. She holds a double master’s degree from Bryn Mawr College in social service and law and social policy. Her interests include arts and culture, cycling and policy.
Robert R. McCormick Foundation
Kashif Shaikh is a Program Officer in the Communities Program with the McCormick Foundation and founder and Executive Director of the Pillars Fund in Chicago, IL. He began his career with the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, where he worked primarily with their corporate partners and helped strategize new and innovative ways to increase their participation with United Way programs. In Mr. Shaikh’s current role in the Communities Program at the McCormick Foundation, he develops and implements grantmaking strategies for the Foundation’s national partners including the Chicago Bulls, Chicago Blackhawks, Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel among others. He has led major programs at the McCormick Foundation, including the $1.5M Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund in 2012 which was a partnership between Newsday Charities, News12 and the McCormick Foundation and the 2014 Midwest Illinois Tornado Relief Effort where he directed over $1M of funding to devastated homes in Central and Southern Illinois. In 2011, he helped co-found the Pillars Fund, a partnership with the Chicago Community Trust and a handful of Chicago’s most influential American Muslim leaders. The Pillars Fund has granted more than $600,000 since its inception and has been nationally recognized as a unique and innovative model for American Muslim philanthropy. Mr. Shaikh is originally from Cincinnati, OH but resides in Chicago, IL and holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University.
- Trista Harris Minnesota Council on Foundations
- James Weinberg CommonGood Careers
- Caroline Altman Smith Kresge Foundation
- Melissa Johnson NAACP
- Alison De Lucca Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees
As of October 2014. Affiliations listed for identification purposes only.