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.
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.
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.