After nearly four years, EPIP and our Executive Director, Tamir Novotny, have parted ways. Please join us in thanking Tamir for his service and wishing him well.
If you have a question for EPIP's Board of Advisors regarding this transition, please feel free to reach out to them at firstname.lastname@example.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 (email@example.com)
Institutional Membership, Grants, Sponsorships, or additional Network Resources: Director of Network Resources Adriana Loson-Ceballos (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Finance, Legal, or Operations: Finance & Operations Consultant Michael Quan (email@example.com)
Communications: Communications & Special Projects Consultant Erin Roberts (firstname.lastname@example.org)
For all other matters, please email email@example.com and a member of our leadership team will get back to you shortly.
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.
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.
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.
Communications & Special Projects Consultant
Erin Roberts brings over ten years of experience to EPIP, with a focus on helping organizations tell their stories. Her career includes stints at The Paley Center for Media, WNET Public Media, and Public Health Solutions (PHS), 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. Since moving to the Washington, DC area in late 2016, she has primarily worked as freelance communications and development consultant for nonprofits, balancing her work for EPIP with projects for clients including 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 her spare time, Erin writes and reads speculative fiction (she earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Southern New Hamshire University in 2018), volunteers with the Yale Alumni Association in several capacities related to their ongoing DEI work, and sings a lot of karaoke.