EPIP Leadership Update

A Statement from the EPIP Board of Advisors:

After nearly four years, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) and our Executive Director, Tamir Novotny, have parted ways.

A former EPIP chapter leader, Tamir brought his belief in EPIP’s members and his commitment to social justice to advance EPIP’s work. EPIP’s shared accomplishments during his tenure include our 2017 strategic plan, which shifted EPIP’s central focus to advancing equity; the release of EPIP’s Dissonance & Disconnects report, which gave voice to the experiences of early- and mid-career practitioners and garnered the attention of the philanthropic sector; and the expansion of EPIP’s membership.

We have deep appreciation for Tamir’s stewardship of EPIP. He has made a lasting impression on the organization and we will always be grateful to him. We wish him the best in his future endeavors,” says Nakisha M. Lewis, EPIP Board Chair.

Tamir has expressed similar gratitude. “It’s been an incredible privilege to serve this community, and this is a perfect time for new leadership to step in,” says Tamir. “From its members and chapter leaders to its staff and board, The EPIP Community has great power, and I can’t wait to see what it achieves from here. I look forward to supporting EPIP’s work in the years to come in any way I can.

Through this leadership transition, EPIP remains committed to achieving its mission to empower emerging leaders and elevate philanthropic practice in order to build a more just, equitable and sustainable world. EPIP’s staff remain focused on moving our work forward, and we will share details on EPIP’s transition plans as soon as they are available. In the meantime, please join us in thanking Tamir for his service and wishing him well.

In service,

EPIP Board of Advisors

Nakisha M. Lewis, Chair
Janet Sandoval, Vice Chair
Morgan Shannon, Secretary
Richard Brown, Treasurer
Bianca Alston, Board member
Caitlin Fisher, Board member


If you have a question for EPIP's Board of Advisors regarding this transition, please feel free to reach out to them at leadership@epip.org

For specific questions about EPIP, the following EPIP staff members would be happy to assist you.

  • Programming, Advocacy, Partnerships, EPIP Chapters, and the People of Color Network: Director of Programs Storme Gray (storme@epip.org)
  • Institutional Membership, Grants, Sponsorships, or additional Network Resources: Director of Network Resources Adriana Loson-Ceballos (adriana@epip.org)
  • Finance, Legal, or Operations: Finance & Operations Consultant Michael Quan (michaelq@epip.org)
  • Communications: Communications & Special Projects Consultant Erin Roberts (erin@epip.org)

For all other matters, please email executivedirector@epip.org and a member of our leadership team will get back to you shortly.