EPIP DC Mentorship Program 2018-2019

EPIP DC is proud to pilot a new Mentorship Program to help cultivate strategic, supportive relationships for professional and leadership development in our local network and philanthropic community.

Inspired by EPIP National’s strategic framework and similar programs hosted by EPIP Boston and EPIP LA, the DC chapter sees this as an opportunity to support our members in their internal and external advocacy and our shared commitment to equity and social justice in philanthropy.

The inaugural 2018-2019 cohort includes 10 emerging and mid-level leaders and 10 seasoned professionals who are paired for one-on-one Mentoring Partnerships. The program spans 7 months from September 2018 to March 2019 with a commitment of 2-3 hours per month, including monthly one-on-one meetings for Mentoring Partners, group social activities and networking events, and VIP space at chapter events.

Through this experience, Mentees will:

  • Connect with an established leader in our community to build strengths, address weaknesses, and learn from their experiences in the philanthropic and nonprofit sector;
  • Receive tailored support for personal growth, navigation of organizational dynamics, and career advancement;
  • Get insights into relevant trends, opportunities, and challenges in your specific areas of interest;
  • Expand your network and build a community of like-minded peers; and
  • Learn more about EPIP DC and how to get more involved.

Mentors will:

  • Invest in the next generation of sector leaders, helping them set goals and develop skills to be successful in their career;
  • Share wisdom and experiences with someone who is new to the field and eager to learn and grow;
  • Reinvigorate the intellectual and emotional connection to your work;
  • Actively engage with emerging philanthropic and nonprofit leaders in our region; and
  • Connect with other senior leaders at program events.


EPIP DC is proud to welcome the following participants to the first cohort of the program. 


  • Adiel Suarez-Murias, Communications & Marketing Director, Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE)
  • Allison Punch, Member Development Specialist, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO)
  • Alma Pronove, Analyst, Arabella Advisors
  • Daniella Flores, Program Assistant, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund
  • Dara Johnson, Program Officer, Horning Family Fund
  • Hayling Price, Senior Consultant, FSG
  • Jeffrey Moy, Senior Program Manager, National Collaborative for Health Equity
  • Marlene Corrado, Program Officer, Communications & NextGen Engagement, William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Foundation
  • Parys Grigsby, Administrative Associate, United Philanthropy Forum
  • Tahirah Alexander Green, Associate Grant Writer, Color Of Change


  • Andy Ho, Development Director, Salzburg Global Seminar
  • Edward Jones, Vice President of Programs, ABFE
  • Hanh Le, Executive Director, Weissberg Foundation
  • Jeanné Isler, Vice President and Chief Engagement Officer, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)
  • Khalid Randolph, Grant Program Officer, DC Commission on Arts & Humanities
  • Melissa Hewitt, Founder and Principal, Forward Movement Consulting
  • Osula Evadne Rushing, Vice President for Program and Strategy, Grantmakers In Health (GIH)
  • Richard Marker, Professor and Advisor, University of Pennsylvania, New York University, and Wise Philanthropy
  • Stacie Blake, Director of Government and Community Relations, U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
  • Srik Gopal, Vice President, Strategy and Program, Democracy Fund


If you have questions about the program, including future cohorts, please email [email protected] for assistance.

We also welcome you to review the list of FAQs for more information.

Stay in touch by connecting with EPIP DC on Twitter and on Facebook, and follow program-specific posts using #DCmentorPIP!


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  • Biz Ghormley
    published this page in Blog 2018-06-14 14:59:39 -0400