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.


2023 Cohort

  • Darline Morales, Administrative Coordinator, Angell Foundation

  • Enyinnaya Okebugwu, Investment Principal, Imaginable Futures

  • Gerrlyn Gacao, Senior Program Manager, Liberty Hill Foundation

  • Julie Whitmer, Grants Management Associate, Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles

  • LeAnn Kelch Melendez, Social Innovation Manager, Goldhirsh Foundation

  • Oxana Ermolova, Partnerships Director, City Year

  • Peter Kim, Program Coordinator The Smidt Foundation

  • Victor Cruz Jr, Executive Director, United Latinx Fund

  • Victoria Hinshaw, Development Officer, Jewish Story Partners

Previous Mentors (2013-2022)*

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
Bia Vieira, The Women's Foundation of California
Beatriz Solis, The California Endowment
Belen Vargas, Weingart Foundation
Ben Vershbow, Wikimedia Foundation
Carl Christopher, Education First Consulting
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
Jarrett Barrios, California Community Foundation
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
Jennifer Vanore, UniHealth 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
Laura Peralta, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
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
Robin Kramer, Smidt Foundation
Rosie Arroyo, California Community Foundation
Shawn Escoffery, Roy and Patricia Disney Family Foundation
Sheri Dunn Berry, Community Partners
Surina Kahn, CEO, The Women's Foundation of California
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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