Tamir Novotny

Executive Director

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.

Biz Ghormley

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.

Melvin Johnson

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.

Acknowledgement of Past Staff

EPIP wishes to recognize the personnel, consultants, fellows, and interns who have contributed to the vitality of the organization since it was launched in September 2002. These include:

Christopher Anderson
Administrative Assistant

Sarah Ashcroft
Graduate Fellow

Michael Barham
Membership and Operations Manager

K. Emerson Beyer
Program Consultant

Sheena Brown
Development and Communications Manager

Omisade Burney-Scott
Program Consultant

Elizabeth Cuccaro
NYC Chapter Organizer

Sophia Guevara
Social Media Fellow

Milano Harden
Program Consultant

Jen Kramer-Wine
Program Consultant

Christen Lee
Program Manager

Kristina Lucien

Bodi Luse
Graduate Fellow

Marie Moser
Adminstrative Assistant

Iliana Perea
Social Media Fellow

Rebecca Schumer
Deputy Director

Kate Seely
Field Operations

Sophia Silao
Associate Director

Sam Stegeman
Program Consultant

Christie Saint-Vil
Communication Fellow

Rusty M. Stahl
Founder and Executive Director Emeritus

Rahsaan K. Harris
Executive Director 2012-2014

Emily Kessler
Interim Executive Director 2014-2015