Storme Gray (she/her) is the Executive Director of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy. A passionate change agent, servant leader, and advocate for justice, her professional career includes nearly 15 years of experience in the philanthropic sector, with a focus on youth development, racial equity, and inclusive philanthropic practice. And as a proud native of Camden, NJ, Storme credits her upbringing in Camden with providing her with the tenacity and authenticity that fuels her approach to the work.
Storme’s career in philanthropy began at The Summit Foundation, where she supported efforts to improve adolescent sexual and reproductive health and preserve and protect the Mesoamerican Reef Ecoregion. From there, she went to the Bainum Family Fund, where she oversaw a grantmaking portfolio of $1 million focused on educational, workforce, and youth development programming for at-risk, low-income youth within the DC metropolitan area. Storme has also worked with national philanthropic support organizations, such as the Council on Foundations, where she created leadership development programming for philanthropic professionals, with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Prior to joining EPIP's staff as Director of Programs in 2017, Storme was a Program Officer at the Washington Area Women’s Foundation, where she developed 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, with youth at the center of the decision-making process.
In her spare time, Storme serves as an appointee on the Fairfax County Advisory Social Services Board, a board member of Women of the Dream, a youth development organization for young women in Camden, NJ, and The Black Swan Academy, a Black Youth Civic engagement organization in Washington, DC. Storme is also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, a graduate of American University, and fur-mommy to two sweet dogs - Indigo and Bodhi.
Director of Advancement
Landrum Beard (he/they) is the Director of Advancement, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy. In this role he is responsible for donor stewardship, donor growth, donor retention, donor experience, and fund development. Prior to joining the EPIP Mr. Beard was the Director of Philanthropy for the Greater Washington Urban League and Executive Director of the Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative, a fund of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. In those roles, Landrum was focused on improving life outcomes for Black and marginalized clients and increasing philanthropy of color in the region. Landrum has over 17 years of executive fundraising experience in nonprofit, higher education, and foundations. Mr. Beard is a Leadership Buffalo graduate, member of the Thursday Network (Urban League Young Professional) recipient of Buffalo Black Achiever, recipient of the National Foundation for Just Communities (NFJC) WNY Community Philanthropy Award and a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. In addition, Landrum was selected as one of ten executives nationally for the Association for Black Foundation Executives (ABFE), Connection Fellow Leadership fellowship. Beard attended the University at Buffalo (SUNY) for Political Science and Daemen College for Master of Science in Executive Leadership & Change.
Mr. Beard engages cross-cultural populations and creates programming to strengthen bonds and build social capital within Black and marginalized communities. Landrum is an advocate for equity, equality, and generational wealth building in the Black community. In his spare time, you can find Landrum volunteering, traveling, and enjoying time with family.
Director of Programs
Elyse Gordon (she/her) is a facilitator and educator who creates events with equity and inclusion at their core. She believes in the power of purposeful gathering in order to transform our selves and our communities towards more just and creative outcomes. Elyse has been working in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors for 15 years, focusing on how power and identity inform the internal and external operations of philanthropic ventures. She holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Washington, where she studied the limits and possibilities of social justice philanthropy to transform our world. Most recently, Elyse worked at Philanthropy Northwest, where she built conferences, member events, and trainings that promoted racial equity and equitable resource distribution. Prior to that, she was an instructor at University of Washington-Bothell where she taught about the nonprofit sector and the power of maps. She holds a B.A. from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN.
Elyse is an organizer with Jewish Voice for Peace, Seattle, a member of Social Justice Fund NW, and a volunteer with Pride Foundation. She has served on the young professionals board of Crosscut and was the co-founder of Eat for Equity, Seattle Chapter. An avid chef and amateur dancer, Elyse can often be found supporting local queer artists, singing karaoke, reading non-stop, and working on puzzles. Elyse lives in Seattle with her partner, Sunni and their dog, Tala.
Director of Membership & Communications
Erika Hawthorne (she/her) is the Director of Membership and Communications for Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy. Erika is an empathetic leader passionate about human development and dismantling oppressive systems to create a more just society. With over 10 years of experience in arts, funding, and member engagement roles, Erika leverages her expertise to build authentic relationships, facilitate collaboration, and work to address social justice issues, especially in the nonprofit sector.
Erika began her career as a teaching artist and moved to Washington, DC to complete her BA in Communication and Culture at Howard University. She continued working in grants management, event planning, and community engagement roles with the DC Trust, Bainum Family Foundation, and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. While completing her MA in Arts Management and Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management at American University, Erika served as an equity research consultant for the Arts Education Partnership (AEP). She continued working with AEP as an engagement specialist, managing outreach and engagement for over 140 organizations and a growing network of individual affiliates.
Currently, Erika serves as an Executive Board Member for the Arts Administrators of Color Network, where she helps build community among artists and arts administrators and advocates for equity in the arts. She also provides project management support for Leading Changemakers, a consulting firm focused on racial equity in nonprofit arts leadership.
As a former EPIP DC Steering Committee member, Erika led engagement efforts with local members, including hosting a panel on the history of race and wealth creation in philanthropy. Erika is thrilled to return to the EPIP community in this new role as Director of Membership and Communications.
Outside of work, Erika enjoys painting, listening to music, checking out local arts and culture events and spending quality time with her husband, David.
Finance & Operations Manager
Michael Quan (they/them) comes to EPIP with over fifteen years of financial and accounting experience. They have improved financial management practices at many non profits through evaluations, assessments, recommendations, and hands-on implementation.
They served as the Director of Finance & Administration for the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (a project of Tides Center). At ITPC, they revamped the organization’s financial reporting structures, improved budget controls, and were involved in a wide range of strategic planning and internal initiatives. In addition, they 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 their work at ITPC, they were 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, they provide services to three fiscally sponsored projects at Tides Center: Inner Resilience Program, Open mHealth, Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity. They have 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, they love to spend time teaching karate to children, surfing, meditating, and playing with their Miniature Pinscher, Tiny.
Chief of Staff
Suprotik (pronounced Sue-pro-teek) Stotz-Ghosh (he/him) is a relationship and results-oriented social sector leader with over 25 years’ experience developing the capacity of individuals and organizations to improve communities. For the past 10+ years, Suprotik has focused on systems change, leading philanthropic institutions’ transformations to integrate racial equity consciousness and practice. Throughout his career, Suprotik has served in roles supporting strategy, learning, evaluation, HR/talent, partnerships, continuous quality improvement, community investment, and community organizing. Through these roles, Suprotik has brought diverse partners together to improve outcomes in infant mortality, PreK – college, after-school programs, domestic violence, food insecurity, family economic stability, and philanthropic support for racial equity and justice.
Suprotik’s main source of inspiration to join and stay in the struggle for human dignity is his grandparents, Ashadevi and E.W. Aryanayakam who worked with Gandhi to develop the educational system, Nai Talim, that increased literacy and self-determination across India’s poorest villages and played a critical role in India’s successful independence movement. Suprotik’s approach to people, community, and injustice is based on non-violent direct-action and integrates anti-racism, intersectionality, intercultural sensitivity, living systems, truth and reconciliation, consensus building, and facilitative leadership frameworks.
Suprotik also identifies as an artist/writer, father, husband, son, brother, kaku, and dispossessed.
Laura Collier (she/her) is the Chapter Liaison for Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy. Laura is a thoughtful, relationship-oriented leader with over six years of experience in the philanthropic sector. Laura formerly served as tri-chair for the EPIP Michigan Chapter and enjoyed creating spaces for emerging leaders to deepen their expertise in philanthropic practice and connect with peers. She now works closely with EPIP chapter leaders across the country to strengthen their work and provide robust professional development opportunities.
Laura’s work in the philanthropic sector has focused on racial equity and organizational development. In her previous role with the Council of Michigan Foundations, Laura implemented a philanthropy-focused mentoring program and managed a state-wide Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Michigan grant.
Laura is a native Michigander and graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s in Arts and Humanities. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and is a member of the Boston Alumnae Chapter. When she’s not working to advance equity in philanthropy, she enjoys volunteering in her community, reading, and spending time with loved ones.