Storme Gray

Executive Director

Storme Gray 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.

Elyse Gordon

Director of Programs

Elyse Gordon 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.

Michael Quan

Finance & Operations Manager

Michael Quan 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.

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

Adriana Loson-Ceballos
Director, Network Resources

Kristina Lucien

Bodi Luse
Graduate Fellow

Tamitha Walker McKinnis
Chapter Liaison and Program Manager

Marie Moser
Adminstrative Assistant

Iliana Perea
Social Media Fellow

Erin Roberts
Community Engagement Manager

Rebecca Schumer
Deputy Director

Kate Seely
Field Operations

Sophia Silao
Associate Director

Sam Stegeman
Program Consultant

Christie Saint-Vil
Communication Fellow

Reed Young
Associate, Network Resources

Rusty M. Stahl
Founder and Executive Director Emeritus

Rahsaan K. Harris
Executive Director 2012-2014

Emily Kessler
Interim Executive Director 2014-2015

Tamir Novotny
Executive Director 2015-2019


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