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Rahsaan K. Harris
Rahsaan Harris has over 10 years of experience working in Philanthropy and Non-Profits at a major foundation and two community-based organizations. Additionally his experience includes teaching high school and serving as a volunteer in the Peace Corps. His expertise is in grant-making, organizational assessment, diversity and teaching and he has strong consulting, facilitation and fund-raising skills and is fluent in Spanish. Mr. Harris holds a doctorate in Public and Urban Policy from The New School in New York City.
From 2003 until December 2010, Mr. Harris worked as a fellow and Program Executive at The Atlantic Philanthropies, an international foundation with assets over $3 billion. At Atlantic, he led diversity and racial equity initiatives and worked across Atlantic’s Ageing, Children & Youth and Reconciliation & Human Rights programs in the U.S., with an explicit focus on integrating social justice principles into grant-making. He managed such initiatives as the foundation’s philanthropic response to the Haitian Earthquake and oversaw annual grants of $2 million to promote social justice outcomes for youth and older adults in Bermuda.
Before joining Atlantic, Mr. Harris served as the Executive Director of Playing2Win, one of the country’s first public access technology learning centers to be established in an inner-city, low-income area. During his career, he has worked as an educator, helping both youth and adults develop skills that allow them to create better opportunities for themselves. Prior to Playing2Win, Mr. Harris received a fellowship from the Open Society Institute of the Soros Foundation to work with HarlemLive (www.harlemlive.org), a web-based publication run by Harlem teens. The focus of his fellowship was to create and implement a plan for the organization’s growth and sustainability. Before HarlemLive, he taught science in New York City public schools between 1997 and 2000 and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Uruguay from 1995 to 1997.
Mr. Harris received his doctorate in Public and Urban Policy from the New School, where his dissertation was on understanding how socio-economic diversity in the African-American community affects their philanthropic interests. He also holds masters degrees in Management and High School Science Education from New York University and Columbia, respectively, and a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University.
Mr. Harris has received numerous leadership awards including selection to the Association of Black Foundation’s (ABFE) 2005 Connecting Leaders Fellows Program and selection as an American Express NGen Fellow in 2009. He received the Notre Dame University Science of Generosity Dissertation Fellowship for graduate students conducting research on the topic of generosity. He is also an active volunteer in his community.
He is a Board member of the Upper Room AIDS Ministry and FROST’D (the Foundation for Research on Sexually Transmitted Diseases); a member of the Council on Foundation’s professional development committee; an advisor to the board of FC Harlem, Home of Harlem Youth Soccer; and is a Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor. He also volunteers as a research fellow at the Twenty-First Century Foundation and participates on New York Blacks in Philanthropy’s leadership team. He is a class agent for Princeton University’s Annual Giving campaign.
Director of Field Operations
Kate Seely is the Director of Field Operations with EPIP. In this role, she supports EPIP’s 11 chapters nation-wide and develops and manages EPIP’s national partnerships. Kate loves the EPIP chapters! She believes wholeheartedly in their power to achieve EPIP’s mission and to enhance chapter participants’ experience in the field of philanthropy. She also sees EPIP chapters as a valuable and exciting leadership opportunity for chapter leaders. Her work is focused on making these goals a reality.
While Kate was working at Hispanics in Philanthropy in San Francisco in 2008, she became involved in her local EPIP Chapter and chaired the Chapter for two years. She began working part-time with the organization in July 2010, until she joined the team full-time in January 2012.
Kate has been working in philanthropy, international development, and food systems reform for the past 10 years. Upon graduating from college, she co-founded the nonprofit Puente a la Salud Comunitaria (Bridge to Community Health) and co-directed the organization for three years. Puente contributes to food sovereignty and advances the health and well-being of rural communities in Mexico. Upon leaving Oaxaca in 2006, she became the President of the Board and maintains a strong connection and dedication to the organization and the communities it serves.
Originally from San Francisco, Kate graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont where she studied Latin American Literature and Political Science. She has spent five years living in Latin America, specifically in Mexico, Argentina, and Costa Rica. She is intellectually passionate about national food system reform, trying to move our country’s agriculture from an industrialized system to a more sustainable and regionally focused one. In practice, that means that she spends a lot of time in her garden and at her local farmer’s market, cooking tasty, seasonal, and sustainable meals, and talking about food, food access, and food policy.
Acknowledgement of Past Staff
EPIP wishes to recognize the personnel, consultants, fellows, and interns who have contributed to the vitality of the organization since it was launched in September 2002. These include:
K. Emerson Beyer
Development and Communications Manager
NYC Chapter Organizer
Rusty M. Stahl
Founder and Executive Director Emeritus