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, Vice Chair
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.
Sharon Rice, Secretary
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.
Christine Reeves, Treasurer
Alliance for Justice
Christine Reeves Strigaro is the Associate Director of Foundation Programs at the Alliance for Justice. She creates content that explores the question: “How can foundations be advocates with grantmaking and beyond?” Christine is dedicated to philanthropy that addresses root causes of problems, while serving and empowering communities most affected by those problems. As a nationally recognized public speaker, she travels the country giving presentations, weaving networks, and having conversations about philanthropic strategies and opportunities. Previously, she was the Senior Field Associate at the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. Christine was also a grantmaker for the Funding Exchange Network, during its final year of grantmaking. Currently, she serves as Treasurer and Finance Chair on the national board ofEmerging Practitioners in Philanthropy. She also serves on Independent Sector’s NGen Advisory Committee and Divest Invest Philanthropy’s Planning Committee. In addition to contributing to numerous nonprofit and philanthropic blogs, she has co-authored and given multiple presentations on her articles published in Responsive Philanthropy, including: “Specialist or Generalist: A False Dichotomy” and “Democratic Philanthropy: A New Perspective on Funding.” While earning her master’s degree from Duke University’s Terry Sanford School of Public Policy, she wrote her thesis: “Major Trends of International Grantmaking Foundations: A Project for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.” Previously, Christine graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Emory University, where she earned a magna cum laude distinction for her honors thesis: “Sweatshops of the Soil: Varying Protections for Migrant Farm Workers in the US.”
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.
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.
- 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 March 2015. Affiliations listed for identification purposes only.