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.

2021 Cohort

  • Rosario Torres, ECMC Foundation
    • Mentor: Belen Vargas, Cal State LA
  • Richelle Pittella, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
    • Mentor: Joyce Ybarra, Weingart Foundation
  • Ryan Erickson-Kulas, Michelson 20MM Foundation
    • Mentor: Chaitali Gala, Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation
  • Derek Oye, Rose Hills Foundation
    • Mentor: Jim Herr, Philanthropic and Nonprofit Consultant
  • Otha Cole, Play Equity Fund
    • Mentor: Shawn Escoffery, Roy and Patricia Disney Family Foundation
  • Justine Gonzalez, Wells Fargo
    • Mentor: Michelynn Woodard, BAD ROBOT
  • Madeline Roth-Scofield, TGR Foundation
    • Mentor: Amber Lopez, The California Wellness Foundation
  • Kristina Romero, Greater LA Education Foundation
    • Mentor: Kristina (McGee) McCoy, Annenberg Foundation

Previous Mentors (2013-2020)*

Adrienne Luce, HMC Architects Designing Futures Foundation
Alison DeLucca, Southern California College Access Network
Allison Gister, Conrad N. Hilton 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
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
Joanna Jackson, Weingart Foundation
Josephine Ramirez, The James Irvine Foundation
Joyce Ybarra, Weingart Foundation
Karli Blumenfield, The James Irvine 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
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
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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