Board of Advisors

Christine Reeves Strigaro

Chair

Christine Reeves Strigaro is the 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 Chair on the national advisory board of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy and as a Board Member of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management.  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." 

 


Dwayne Marshall

Vice Chair

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

Secretary

Caitlin Fisher is the acting director of Hunt Alternatives’ Prime Movers: Cultivating Social Capital program—a national fellowship program supporting social movement leaders who are changing the world in which we live: shifting cultural norms and policy as well as mobilizing people to get involved. Caitlin manages the content development and implementation of the program’s peer convenings, oversees selection and grantmaking processes, and maintains relationships among fellows, and with Hunt Alternatives and our external partners. She is thrilled to join the EPIP National board after several years of service as a co-chair of the Boston EPIP Chapter. She brings knowledge about supporting leaders through grantmaking and how to lead with a network mindset. Caitlin holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from Fairfield University and hails from Rochester, NY but calls the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston home.


Richard Brown

Treasurer

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.


Jasmine N. Hall Ratliff

Chair Emeritus

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.


Arelis Diaz

Arelis Diaz is Program Officer for the Office of the President at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), one of the nation’s largest foundations. In this role, She leads WKKF’s corporate responsibility efforts and special initiatives of the president and CEO, on behalf of the organization. Arelis also leads WKKF’s Strong and Effective Sector Portfolio, which works to strengthen philanthropy and particularly its role in advancing racial equity.


Storme Gray

Storme Gray is Program Officer at Washington Area Women’s Foundation, where she leads the foundation’s racial equity work, inclusive of the development of the Women's Foundation's’ first advocacy agenda and the creation of a Young Women’s Initiative focused on young women and girls of color in DC. Storme is a change agent and a servant leader, whose commitment to social justice and racial equity are intricately woven into all aspects of her personal and professional life. As one of EPIP’s most engaged members, Storme has served as Vice-Chair for EPIP’s Washington, DC Chapter and has played a prominent role in national EPIP initiatives.


Nakisha M. Lewis

Nakisha M. Lewis, Program Officer for Safety at the Ms. Foundation for Women, is a thought leader in the field of philanthropy and specializes in developing grantmaking strategies that address racial and gender inequities. Nakisha is an activist and organizer with Black Lives Matter NYC and a co-creator of Philanthropic Action for Racial Justice, which advocates for investment in Black communities that centers the needs and experiences of Black women, youth and LGBTQ people. Nakisha is the cofounder of the #SheWoke committee which served as the catalyst and inspiration for the first Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls, established in 2016. Her past and present board service includes Resource Generation, Project Hip-Hop, New York Blacks in Philanthropy, and she is a former chair of EPIP’s Boston Chapter.


Regan Gruber Moffitt

Regan Gruber Moffitt is an associate 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.


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.


Janet Sandoval

Janet Sandoval is the Senior Manager, 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

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 October 2016. Affiliations listed for identification purposes only.