Tamir became Executive Director of EPIP in 2015, following a three-year engagement with the organization. Starting as a chapter leader in New York, Tamir went on to join EPIP’s national team, supporting chapters in the Northeast and advising the national leadership.
Prior to his appointment, Tamir held multiple positions over nine years at Living Cities, a philanthropic collaborative focused on improving the lives of low-income urban residents. There, he developed and led portfolios in areas including housing, smart growth, and civic technology. Most recently, Tamir developed and launched the City Accelerator, a $3,000,000 initiative to speed the spread of municipal innovation, and the Civic Tech and Data Collaborative, a partnership to harness the power of technology and data to address issues like criminal justice and youth employment.
Tamir received a Masters in Public Administration from New York University in 2008 and a BA, magna cum laude from NYU in Metropolitan Studies in 2006.
Director of Operations and Member Services
Biz Ghormley brings over a decade of experience in non-profits and philanthropy to EPIP. Analytical and passionate, she began her career on the front lines of justice as a bilingual investigator for the Bronx Defenders. Biz has since leveraged her skills building relationships and weaving story, strategy and data to fundraise millions of dollars, co-lead national member networks, design and run events and campaigns, and improve systems within organizations of all sizes. She grew her entrepreneurial skill-set at Digital Democracy, one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Companies”, and has worked as a consultant and team member at a range of social service, legal and arts organizations. A former Starting Bloc Fellow and member of Coro Leadership New York, Biz holds a BA from Wesleyan University and a MS from NYU.
Digital Media Fellow
Melvin Johnson has over 10 years experience working in the non-profit sector focusing on media instruction and IT support. Melvin has worked with several community-based organizations, particularly in the Harlem Community where he resides with his family. He is also a freelance cinematographer, photographer and editor in the greater New York tri-state area. Melvin is training for certifications with industry leaders AVID Technology and Adobe, while completing his undergrad studies in communications at The College of New Rochelle.