Board of Advisors

Dwayne Marshall


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.

Caitlin Wagner Fisher

Vice Chair

Caitlin Fisher is a leadership development practitioner and expert in network theory and management. She currently serves as the Director of Leadership Initiatives at the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. In her role, she oversees three leadership development programs offered to the Chamber’s membership: Women’s Leadership Program, Boston’s Future Leaders, and Executive Leadership Institute. Prior to her role at the Chamber, she spent ten years working for philanthropist Swanee Hunt, in her private family foundation, Swanee Hunt Alternatives. She most recently served as Acting Director of the Prime Movers program, a national fellowship program investing in social movement leaders—individuals  who are changing the world in which we live: shifting cultural norms and policy as well as mobilizing people to get involved. 

She’s been involved with Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy for the last eight years. She helped revive the Boston Chapter serving as co-chair for five years and joined the national board in 2015. She currently serves as the Vice-Chair and oversees the Strategies and Initiatives committee’s work on EPIP’s strategic plan. She also serves as a senior adviser to the New York Community Trust’s Leadership Fellows program and a board member of Restaurant Opportunities Center United’s consumer engagement efforts, Diner’s United.

Richard Brown


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.

Nicholas Pelzer


Nicholas Pelzer is a program officer at The Wallace Foundation. As a program officer in the Education Leadership unit, Pelzer works with school districts, technical assistance providers and stakeholders across the country to strengthen their efforts to attract, train, evaluate and support school leaders in urban areas.

Before joining Wallace, he served as director of public service leadership and strategic initiatives at National Urban Fellows, where he worked to support long-term strategies and innovative approaches to ensuring diverse leadership in the public sector.

Before then, as a project officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, he coordinated the launch and expansion of several multi-million dollar grantmaking programs focusing on critical areas in nursing. He also managed national efforts to create a more highly educated healthcare workforce, introduce new and diverse researchers to the field, and improve access to high-quality healthcare for underserved communities. Previously, he served as a program manager at Leveraging Investments in Creativity, where he managed a national initiative to improve the conditions for artists through community-based investment, collaboration and research. Pelzer began his grantmaking career as an associate at Ashoka’s Youth Venture, where he provided seed funding and technical assistance to young people launching social ventures.

He is an alumnus of several public service and leadership programs including the National Urban Fellowship, AmeriCorps VISTA, Lead NJ and the America’s Leaders of Change program. Pelzer holds a master’s degree in public administration from Bernard M. Baruch College-CUNY and a B.S. degree in communication from James Madison University.

Bianca Alston

Program Officer, New York Women's Foundation

Bianca D. Alston is a millennial change agent and eternal optimist. She currently serves as Program Officer at the New York Women’s Foundation. Bianca comes to NYWF from the Arcus Foundation where she was Finance and Operations Assistant. In that role, she directly supported the Foundation’s operations, human resources and grants management teams. Prior to Arcus, Bianca served as the Membership and Program Assistant at ABFE. Bianca has been an EPIP member since 2014 and has served as an EPIP-NY Chapter Leader and on EPIP’s conference planning committee. She also serves on the Board for the New York Chapter of the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College. Bianca earned her Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice at the University of New Haven and her Bachelors of the Arts degree in Philosophy from Spelman College. Bianca is native to and resides in Brooklyn, New York.

Elena Conley

Network Officer, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation

Elena Conley coordinates and manages relationships and grants portfolios in Arkansas, Tennessee and North Carolina for the Foundation. Before coming to MRBF, Elena was an organizer with the Beloved Community Center of Greensboro, which focuses on economic and social justice issues. There, she led several teams and campaigns, including Beloved's civic engagement and get-out-the-vote campaigns, as well as their internship and service learning program.

A native of Boulder, Colorado, Elena moved to North Carolina in 2006 to attend Guilford College, where she majored in Sociology and Anthropology, and double minored in Psychology and Religious Studies. While in school, Elena got her start in organizing and building inclusive communities, organizing Latino/a students to gain greater support and access. She also organized with various non-profit organizations, including the Center for Community Change in Washington, DC.

In her spare time, Elena enjoys reading, cooking and traveling.

Nakisha M. Lewis

Activist and Consultant


Nakisha M. Lewis is the Director of Programs and Institutional Development for The National Black Justice Coalition. She is known as a thought leader in the field of philanthropy who specializes in developing grantmaking strategies that address racial, gender and educational inequities. Nakisha has worked extensively with individual donors and foundations to foster grantmaking that seeks to support, empower and strengthen marginalized communities, including her most recent post as Program Officer and Senior Strategist for Safety at the Ms. Foundation for Women. She is co-creator of the Philanthropic Action for Racial Justice—an effort to organize Black philanthropic practitioners around a shared vision for racial justice and investment in Black communities that centers the needs and experiences of Black women, youth and LGBTQ people.

Nakisha’s career and community engagement are driven by an unwavering passion for civil rights and justice. She is a longtime advocate for racial and gender equity who has spent more than a decade supporting youth and grassroots organizing across movements. She has worked on a range of justice issues—from education and fair housing to welfare and workers rights. She is a writer, speaker and lifelong community organizer—most recently working to establish Black Lives Matter NYC following the “Black Life Matters Freedom Ride” to Ferguson, MO in September of 2014. She is a co-founder of the #SheWoke Committee—the catalyst for the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls, established in 2016, and is the co-chair of Grantmakers for Girls of Color.

Nakisha’s past and present board service includes Resource Generation, Project Hip Hop, New York Blacks In Philanthropy and Emerging Practitioners In Philanthropy. She is a transformational leadership coach and is committed to developing opportunities for increased diversity and inclusion in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector by advancing the next generation of social change leadership. She is published in several periodicals and nonprofit journals, including the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Huffington Post and NBC News. She also makes regular media appearances on outlets like CNN, Mic. News, Huffington Post Live and Essence Live. 

Nakisha lives and works in Washington, DC.

Regan Gruber Moffitt

Vice President, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation

Regan Gruber Moffitt is a vice president 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.

Janet Sandoval

Director, Corporate Social Responsibility and Avery Dennison Foundation

Janet Sandoval is the Director, Corporate Social Responsibility for Avery Dennison and the Avery Dennison Foundation. Ms. Sandoval manages the Foundation’s grant programs, including the Global Grantmaking Initiative and the Avery Dennison Granting Wishes program.

She also provides support for the Avery Dennison InvEnt “Spirit of Invention” Scholarship Program, which awards scholarships to university students in China and India.

Ms. Sandoval oversees employee volunteerism activities – a critical focus of the corporation’s employee engagement initiative – and acts as lead for large-scale employee volunteer projects, such as Employee Giving Campaigns and Employee Volunteer Days.

Prior to joining Avery Dennison Foundation, she was a communications associate at The California Wellness Foundation, where she provided support in the areas of marketing communications and media relations.

She is an active member of Business for Social Responsibility, Environmental Grantmakers Association and Southern California Grantmakers. She has served as co-chair for the LA chapter of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy. In addition to EPIP’s Board of Advisors, she currently serves on the Board for Exceptional Minds, and the YMCA of Glendale.

Ms. Sandoval earned her BS in business with an emphasis in communications from the University of Phoenix. She lives in Southern California with her husband and their two children.

Colburn "Cole" Wilbur

Trustee Emeritus, David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Colburn “Cole” Wilbur, Trustee Emeritus and former President at the Packard Foundation, brings deep experience as an executive in philanthropy and knowledge of the field. Cole served as CEO of the Foundation for 23 years and a trustee for 15 years. His current and past board affiliations, in addition to EPIP, include Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, Stanford Theatre Foundation, the Sierra Club Foundation, and the Council on Foundations. He is a co-author of The Complete Guide to Grantmaking Basics published by the Council on Foundations, as well as Giving with Confidence - a Guide to Savvy Philanthropy.

Chairs Emeriti

 As of February 2017. Affiliations listed for identification purposes only.

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