Dear EPIP Friends and Family:
It is my privilege to announce EPIP’s new board officers for 2016.
Christine Reeves Strigaro, EPIP’s Treasurer for 2015 and a longtime leader in our community, will serve as our Chair. Currently the Director for Foundation Programs at Alliance for Justice, based in Washington DC, Christine brings deep knowledge of philanthropy, advocacy, and EPIP. She is a champion of positive social change that addresses root causes of systemic challenges. Her work has inspired many in our sector, and we are privileged to have her as our chair.
Dwayne Marshall, Director of Programs at the Southeastern Council of Foundations based in Atlanta, Georgia, becomes EPIP’s Vice Chair. Dwayne’s insights on philanthropy and its ‘infrastructure’, as well as his standing in the philanthropic community in one of America’s most historically rich and complex regions, will be invaluable as EPIP deepens its connections both geographically and organizationally.
Caitlin Fisher, Acting Director of Hunt Alternatives’ Prime Movers program, takes on the role of Secretary after joining the board this past fall. In addition to her day job supporting modern-day social movement leaders, she is a longtime co-chair of EPIP’s Boston Chapter. From that experience, Caitlin brings the perspective of EPIP’s 100-plus chapter leaders in 12 regions around the country (and counting!) -- one of EPIP’s most important constituencies.
Richard Brown, Vice President of Philanthropy at American Express, will be EPIP’s new Treasurer. Through his programmatic and personal work, Richard has cultivated dozens if not hundreds of nonprofit and foundation leaders. He has also distinguished himself as a leader in corporate philanthropy, a critical segment of our sector.
Our staff, our board and I are all excited to partner with these new officers during this period of transition, as EPIP enters its 15th year of operations and I come into my second full month as EPIP’s Executive Director.
We would also like to express our gratitude for the leadership and commitment of our outgoing officers. Jasmine Hall Ratliff, our chair in 2014 and 2015, led EPIP through a critical phase of its development and will remain with the board as Chair Emeritus. We also extend our deep appreciation to 2015 Vice Chair Beth Herz, Associate Program Officer at the Surdna Foundation; and 2015 Secretary Sharon Rice, former Director of Community Relations at Generocity in Philadelphia.
Finally, I’d like to acknowledge the full slate of EPIP Board members, which in addition to the officers above includes Regan Gruber Moffitt, Associate Vice President of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation; Nicholas Pelzer, Program Officer at the Wallace Foundation; and Janet Sandoval, Manager of Community Investment for the Avery Dennison Foundation.
Please join us in welcoming our new officers and thanking our outgoing officers for their service to our community.
Executive Director, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy
Founded in 2001, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP), a project of Tides Center, is a national network of foundation professionals, social entrepreneurs and other change makers who strive for excellence in the practice of philanthropy. EPIP’s mission is to develop emerging leaders committed to building a just, equitable, and sustainable society. EPIP exists to ensure that emerging foundation professionals are effective stewards of philanthropic resources and all social entrepreneurs reach their potential as leaders. For more information or to join EPIP, please visit www.epip.org.