EPIP LA | Mentor Program

The EPIP LA Mentorship Program connects emerging leaders in the philanthropic field with a seasoned leader to serve as a mentor and a cohort of like-minded peers to support them on their journey.

2022 Cohort

  • Max D. Baumgarten, Program Officer, The Diane and Guilford Glazer Foundation
    Mentored by Robin Kramer, Managing Director, Smidt Foundation

  • Marcus Tran Degnan, Grants Associate, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
    Mentored by Jarrett Barrios, Senior Vice President, Strategic Community & Programmatic Initiatives, California Community Foundation

  • Michelle Dominguez, Community Engagement Coordinator, Social Justice Partners
    Mentored by Bia Vieira, Chief Strategist, The Women's Foundation of California

  • Christine Dragan, Foundation Administrator, The Eisner Foundation
    Mentored by Rosie Arroyo, Senior Program Officer, Immigration & Early Education, California Community Foundation

  • Vince Flowers, Program Manager, California Community Foundation
    Mentored by Carl Christopher, Principal, Education First Consulting

  • Bella Gonzalez, Program Associate, LA84 Foundation
    Mentored by Laura Peralta, Vice President, Community & Business Development, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

  • Tammy Marashlian, Grants Specialist, United Way of Greater Los Angeles
    Mentored by Jennifer Vanore, President & Chief Operating Officer, UniHealth Foundation

  • Cailyn Nagle, Program Manager, Michelson 20 Million Minds Foundation
    Mentored by Ben Vershbow, Director, Community Programs, Wikimedia Foundation

  • Gabriella Ortega, Grants Analyst, The California Endowment
    Mentored by Shawn Escoffrey, Executive Director, Roy and Patricia Disney Family Foundation

  • Joel Perez, Program & Partnerships: LA Regional Team, The California Endowment
    Mentored by Surina Kahn, CEO, The Women's Foundation of California

Previous Mentors (2013-2021)*

Adrienne Luce, HMC Architects Designing Futures Foundation
Alison DeLucca, Southern California College Access Network
Allison Gister, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Amber Lopez, The California Wellness Foundation
Amelia Williamson, AWA Consulting
Andrea Hernandez, The Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation
Angel Roberson Daniels, Angell Foundation
Annalisa Robles, The California Endowment
Annie Watkins, Katie McGrath and JJ Abrams Family Foundation
Beatriz Solis, The California Endowment
Belen Vargas, Weingart Foundation
Chaitali Gala, Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation
Christine Essel, Southern California Grantmakers
Christine Margiotta, Social Venture Partners Los Angeles
Claire Peeps, Durfee Foundation
David Greco, Social Sector Partners
Deidre Lind, The Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles
Jeanne Sakamoto, The James Irvine Foundation
Jeff Kim, California Wellness Foundation
Jeff Schaffer, JMC Philanthropic Advisors
Jennifer Lynch, Paramount Pictures
Jennifer Price-Letscher, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
Jim Herr, Philanthropic and Nonprofit Consultant
Joanna Jackson, Weingart Foundation
Josephine Ramirez, The James Irvine Foundation
Joyce Ybarra, Weingart Foundation
Karli Blumenfield, The James Irvine Foundation
Kristina (McGee) McCoy, Annenberg Foundation
Lee Draper, Draper Consulting
Leslie Ito, Armory Center for the Arts
Lilian P. Coral, Mayor Garcetti's Office
Lynn Alvarez, ECMC Foundation
Maggie Nielson, Global Philanthropy Group
Marchelle Sellers, Charity on Tap
Michael Fleming, David Bohnett Foundation
Michelynn Woodard, BAD ROBOT
Miki Woodward, Good Robot
Mitch Singer, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
Nicole Esparza, USC Price School of Public Policy
Nichol Whiteman, Dodgers Foundation
Nike Irvin, California Community Foundation
Rachel Levin, Fundamental
Rick Noguchi, The James Irvine Foundation
Shawn Escoffery, Roy and Patricia Disney Family Foundation
Sheri Dunn Berry, Community Partners
Sylia Obagi, The Generative Group
Thomas Brewer, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
Trent Stamp, The Eisner Foundation
Way-Ting Chen, Blue Garnet
Wendy Chang, Dwight Stuart Youth Fund
*Employment at time of mentorship match


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