Tamir Novotny

Executive Director

Tamir became Executive Director of EPIP in 2015, following a three-year engagement with the organization.  Starting as a chapter leader in New York, Tamir went on to join EPIP’s national team, supporting chapters in the Northeast and advising the national leadership. 

Prior to his appointment, Tamir held multiple positions over nine years at Living Cities, a philanthropic collaborative focused on improving the lives of low-income urban residents.  There, he developed and led portfolios in areas including housing, smart growth, and civic technology.  Most recently, Tamir developed and launched the City Accelerator, a $3,000,000 initiative to speed the spread of municipal innovation, and the Civic Tech and Data Collaborative, a partnership to harness the power of technology and data to address issues like criminal justice and youth employment.

Tamir received a Masters in Public Administration from New York University in 2008 and a BA, magna cum laude from NYU in Metropolitan Studies in 2006.

Storme Gray

Director of Programs

Storme Gray is Director of Programs at Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, where she leads EPIP's professional and leadership development portfolio. An active EPIP member for a number of years, Storme served as Chapter Leader of EPIP-DC before joining EPIP’s national Board of Advisors in 2016. She often credits her membership in EPIP as being one of the most transformational experiences of her career to date, and brings that experience to her role as Director of Programs.

In addition to her time with EPIP, Storme brings a wealth of knowledge of philanthropy and of social justice gained from over ten years of philanthropic and nonprofit experience. She’s worked for family foundations, operating foundations, and national infrastructure organizations such as the Council on Foundations. At the Council on Foundations, Storme created leadership development programming for philanthropic professionals spanning topics including policy and advocacy, social justice, and community engagement.

Most recently, Storme served as a Program Officer at the Washington Area Women’s Foundation, where she developed programs serving young women and girls of color. Chief among these were the foundation’s Young Women’s Initiative, a city-wide effort to improve the educational, economic, and life outcomes for cis and trans young women and girls of color; and the Young Women’s Advisory Council fellowship program, which provides local young women the opportunity work within the Young Women’s Initiative, co-creating solutions while developing their leadership and advocacy skills.

In her spare time, Storme serves on the board of Women of the Dream, a non-profit organization in Camden, NJ that educates and empowers socially and economically disadvantaged girls through mentoring, workshops, and career development programs. Storme is also a graduate of American University, a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, and fur-mommy to two sweet dogs Indigo and Bodhi.


Adriana Loson-Ceballos

Director of Network Resources

Adriana Loson-Ceballos has successfully fundraised for local, national, and international nonprofits working in the fields of social services, arts and culture, social justice, and human rights in New York City, Washington D.C., San Diego, and Mexico City. She has almost a decade of experience writing proposals for city, county, state, and federal grants that have resulted in significant annual portions of the organizations’ budgets. Ms. Loson-Ceballos has also obtained foundation funding from family, community, institutional, and foreign foundations, with grants up to $1,000,000. Her experience in foundation fundraising has resulted in strong donor prospecting and cultivation skills, as well as a successful creation of evidence-driven strategies based on the organization’s CRM data. She has developed a corporate membership program for a social service organization in NYC and worked with corporations to obtain organizational support in the form of sponsorships, grants, and partnership opportunities supporting the corporation's CSR goals. Contributing to the strategy around individual and annual fund appeals, and working fundraising events, she has developed fruitful relationships with donors and boards at various organizations.

Adriana has an M.A. in human rights studies from Columbia University and is currently completing a Ph.D. program in leadership studies with a concentration in nonprofit and philanthropic management at the University of San Diego.

Adriana lives with her husband in a small North Park cottage where they enjoy hosting and catching up with friends and family. In her spare time, she enjoys the local arts & culture scene in San Diego and is engaged civically around multiple issues close to her heart and affecting the Latino community in the U.S. and across the Americas. 

Michael Quan

Finance & Operations Consultant

Michael Quan comes to EPIP with over fifteen years of financial and accounting experience. He has improved financial management practices at many non profits through evaluations, assessments, recommendations, and hands-on implementation. 

He served as the Director of Finance & Administration for the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (a project of Tides Center).  At ITPC, he revamped the organization’s financial reporting structures, improved budget controls, and was involved in a wide range of strategic planning and internal initiatives. In addition, he provided capacity building on finance and administration to several of ITPC’s regional network offices in Asia, Latin America, and sub Saharan Africa. Because of his work at ITPC, he was eagerly brought on board at Tides Center as a project controller supervising a caseload of over 30 fiscally sponsored projects. After Tides, Michael started a consulting practice serving to non-profits in need of financial management and accounting services.  In addition to EPIP, he provides services to three fiscally sponsored projects at Tides Center: Inner Resilience Program, Open mHealth, Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity. He has also served on the board of directors for APICHA Community Health Center. Michael received a Bachelors in Accounting from Baruch University.

When Michael isn’t balancing debits and credits, he loves to spend time teaching karate to children, surfing, meditating, and playing with his Miniature Pinscher, Tiny.

Acknowledgement of Past Staff

EPIP wishes to recognize the personnel, consultants, fellows, and interns who have contributed to the vitality of the organization since it was launched in September 2002. These include:

Christopher Anderson
Administrative Assistant

Sarah Ashcroft
Graduate Fellow

Michael Barham
Membership and Operations Manager

K. Emerson Beyer
Program Consultant

Sheena Brown
Development and Communications Manager

Omisade Burney-Scott
Program Consultant

Elizabeth Cuccaro
NYC Chapter Organizer

Biz Ghormley
Director of Operations and Member Services

Sophia Guevara
Social Media Fellow

Milano Harden
Program Consultant

Melvin Johnson
Digital Media Consultant

Jen Kramer-Wine
Program Consultant

Christen Lee
Program Manager

Kristina Lucien

Bodi Luse
Graduate Fellow

Marie Moser
Adminstrative Assistant

Iliana Perea
Social Media Fellow

Rebecca Schumer
Deputy Director

Kate Seely
Field Operations

Sophia Silao
Associate Director

Sam Stegeman
Program Consultant

Christie Saint-Vil
Communication Fellow

Rusty M. Stahl
Founder and Executive Director Emeritus

Rahsaan K. Harris
Executive Director 2012-2014

Emily Kessler
Interim Executive Director 2014-2015


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