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.
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.
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.
Tamitha Walker McKinnis
Chapter Liaison and Program Manager
Tamitha Walker McKinnis is personally and professionally committed to advancing equity and amplifying voice and opportunities that transform the futures of marginalized and vulnerable children, families, and communities.
Prior to joining EPIP, Tamitha served as a consultant providing professional development and capacity building support for foundations, nonprofits and postsecondary institutions. She has held positions as Vice President of Programs with the Deaconess Foundation, program officer with the human services team at the Kresge Foundation advancing family economic security, a researcher and adjunct faculty member at Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration, a program officer with the Robin Hood Foundation’s early childhood and youth portfolio, director of technical assistance and training at the Balm In Gilead Inc., a management consultant with Public Health Solutions, and a legislative assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives.
She earned both a Master of Health Science degree in Health Policy and Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University, in addition to a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary and has completed doctoral coursework in Public Affairs and Administration focusing on public/nonprofit management and finance at Rutgers University. She has also served on the boards of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, Grantmakers for Income Security Taskforce, Detroit Central City Community Mental Health, Inc., the HHS Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse, City of St. Louis Treasurer’s Office, St. Louis Regional Racial Equity Working Group, and the Women’s Foundation of Greater St. Louis.
Tamitha resides in St. Louis with her husband and their four young children.
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.
Community Engagement Manager
Erin Roberts brings over ten years of experience to EPIP, with a focus on helping organizations tell their stories. Her career includes work at The Paley Center for Media, WNET Public Media, and Public Health Solutions, where she was responsible for print and online newsletters, communications supporting the organization's annual fundraising event and year-end campaign, and materials for programs ranging from Neighborhood WIC centers to HIV prevention research groups. After moving to the Washington, DC area in late 2016, she worked as a communications and development consultant for nonprofits including EPIP, North Star Fund, Catholic Volunteer Network, and the Yale University Alumni Task Force on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Erin began her career in the media industry after graduating with a B.A. from Yale University in Theater Studies and an M.A. from Syracuse University in Television/Radio/Film, but soon found that her volunteer work with organizations like the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications and the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network - New York Chapter was more appealing, prompting her switch from the for-profit world to the social sector.
In addition to her work with EPIP, Erin writes speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, and horror). Her short fiction, interactive fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in publications including Asimov's Science Fiction, Clarkesworld, Tor.com, and Strange Horizons; she holds an MFA from the Stonecoast program at the University of Southern Maine; and she has been the recipient of grants, residencies, and awards from the Maryland State Arts Council, Hedgebrook, and the Speculative Literature Foundation. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, sewing, and singing karaoke.