Los Angeles Chapter

Established in 2003, EPIP LA provides peer support, mentoring, leadership and advocacy training, and networking opportunities for philanthropic professionals in the Los Angeles area. We partner with regional grantmaking associations, affinity groups and others to complement and contribute to networks that exist throughout the community.

To get in touch with EPIP LA, email us at losangeles@epip.org.

Like EPIP LA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/EPIPLosAngeles.


Steering Committee
Cait Ahearn, The Anti-Recidivism Coalition (Co-Chair/Communications Co-Chair)
Adrine Akopyan, Liberty Hill Foundation
Alexandra Carew, Southern California Grantmakers (Communications Co-Chair)
Marisa Colon, The Angell Foundation (Steering Committee Development)
Juliet Flores, The Annenberg Foundation (JAG Liaison/Communications Co-Chair)
Carrie Harlow, The Ahmanson Foundation (Membership Coordinator)
Janet Sandoval, Avery Dennison (Co-Chair/Treasurer)
Emily Skehan, Hilton Foundation (Head of the Giving Circle)
Ismael Venegas, The California Wellness Foundation



  1. Join the EPIP LA Giving Circle Launch Party

    In philanthropy, we’re sometimes a step (or two) removed from our nonprofit partners doing such incredible work in the community. But building strong connections to support and champion our grantees is actually at the core of our values as philanthropy professionals. That’s why we are thrilled to partner with the One Percent Foundation to launch the very first EPIP Los...

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  2. Do you Need a Mentor? Four Questions to Ask Yourself

    The EPIP Los Angeles mentorship program recently kicked off its pilot year. Since being selected to participate in the cohort, we’ve each identified, reached out to, and had initial conversations with our mentors.   One of the first steps in mentorship is realizing how you can benefit from the process. Prior to our involvement, each of us asked ourselves the...

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  3. Transparency, Inclusion and Collaboration: Three ways philanthropy can take its own medicine

    By Shauna Nep, Social Innovation Manager, The Goldhirsh Foundation and member, EPIP-LA In philanthropy, we are working each day to make the world a more open, inclusive, and participatory place. A place where marginalized voices are heard and smart solutions that work rise to the top. But, we have lagged behind in modeling the behavior we want to see in...

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  4. Getting To Your Pinnacle

    The following blog post was authored by Esther Kang, of the Durfee Foundation and EPIP-LA. “I just believe that the interesting time in a career is pre-success, what shaped things, how did you get to this point?” – Steve Martin Before The Durfee Foundation and EPIP LA, I was a fresh college graduate who had just moved to San Francisco...

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  5. EPIP LA Launches First Mentorship Program

    Finding a mentor is tough. We all know it. So this year, EPIP LA is piloting its first ever mentorship program to make that process a little easier for our members. Through our Mentorship Program, EPIP LA aims to provide participants with the tools needed to seek out and develop meaningful connections with experienced leaders and their peers.

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Los Angeles Chapter Events