Amber Angel, Program Officer, ECMC Foundation
Christopher Barahona, Program Associate, Weingart Foundation
Karli Baumgardner, Program Officer, The Rose Hills Foundation
Jacqueline Carrillo, Manager, Programs and Conferences, Southern California Grantmakers
Shawnie Dockery, Foundation Development Officer, Los Angeles Community College District
Michelle Dominguez, Community Engagement Coordinator, Social Justice Partners Los Angeles
Christine Dragan, Foundation Administrator, The Eisner Foundation
Oxana Ermolova, Corporate Partnerships Director, City Year LA
Carla Fuentes, Program Assistant, Goldhirsh Foundation/LA2050
Monica Gomez, Program Officer, The California Wellness Foundation
LeAnn Kelch Melendez, Social Innovation Manager, Goldhirsh Foundation/LA2050
Tammy Marashlian, Grants Specialist, United Way of Greater Los Angeles
Chelsea Mason, Director of External Relations, The Eisner Foundation
Charlotte Milner-Barry, Political and Social Impact Consultant
Maggie Mireles, Senior Program Manager, Liberty Hill Foundation
Tommy Morris, Program Associate, Liberty Hill Foundation
Richelle Pittella, Grants Training & Process Manager, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Alyssa Plourde, Program and Impact Manager, The Archewell Foundation
Ireri Rivas Mier y Teran, Program Officer, ECMC Foundation
Clara Steele, Associate Program Officer, Roy and Patricia Disney Family Foundation
Advisory Committee Members
Emily Bradley, Director of Strategic Investments, United Way of Greater Los Angeles
Stella Chung, Program Manager, Durfee Foundation
Otha Cole, Project Director, Play Equity Fund
Jenna Diaz-Gonzalez, Program Manager, Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation
Carrie Harlow, Project Manager, Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative
Joanna Kabat, Director of Grantmaking and Capacity Building, Liberty Hill Foundation
Jaime Kalenik, Program Officer, First 5 LA
Piper Kamins, Program Officer, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
Ilir Lita, Director of Client Engagement, The Artemis Agency
Bethanie Milteer, Coordinator, Southern California Grantmakers
Becky Newman, Senior Program Officer, Rose Hills Foundation
Alexa O'Connor, Program Director, Leonetti/O'Connell Family Foundation
Roger Perez, Program Officer, Roy and Patricia Disney Family Foundation
Jenny Power, Program Officer, Western Region, The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award USA
Jonathan Reid, Senior Program Officer, LA84 Foundation
Janet Sandoval, Director, Global Corporate Social Responsibility, Avery Dennison Foundation
Emily Skehan, Senior Program Officer, Community Benefit Giving at Cedars-Sinai
Sara Straubel, Program Officer, Ahmanson Foundation
Chikako Yamauchi, Strategic Learning and Evaluation Officer, Kresge Foundation
EPIP Los Angeles is a network of early- to mid-career professionals committed to a more equitable and inclusive philanthropic sector. Established in 2003, EPIP LA provides peer support, mentoring, leadership development, skills training, and relationship building opportunities for philanthropic professionals in the Los Angeles area. We partner with regional grantmaking associations, affinity groups, and others to complement and contribute to networks that exist throughout the community. We are committed to these core principles:
- Nurture and activate a pipeline of leaders who are committed to a just, equitable and inclusive philanthropic sector.
- Strive to reflect Los Angeles’ changing ethnic and social demographic by actively engaging a broad base of early to mid-career philanthropic professionals through our programming, events and membership.
- Uphold a high regard of building authentic relationships to achieve a more inclusive, engaged, and activated philanthropic sector.
- Commitment to personal and professional development with the goal of informing a practice and understanding of diversity, equity and inclusive lens in the philanthropic sector.
EPIP LA Programs and Event Series
CHANGE Philanthropy Programs: This works to strengthen relationships and collaborations across Affinity Groups in Los Angeles including Asian-Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Hispanics in Philanthropy, and Southern California Blacks in Philanthropy as well as Southern California Grantmakers, and other nonprofit and university affinity groups to develop effective relationships and partnership opportunities.
EPIPhany Hour Series: With the goals of networking and shared learning, EPIPhany Hour events include casual lunches, happy hours, lunch conversations on specific issue areas, and behind-the-scenes tours at some of LA’s most unique spaces.
Lunch with a Leader Series: These intimate, candid conversations with leaders in the field over lunch cover topics such as career pathways, navigating the dynamics of philanthropy, and equity and inclusion in the sector.
Mentorship Program: This connects emerging leaders in the philanthropic field with a seasoned leader to serve as a mentor and a cohort of like-minded peers to support them on their journey. Learn More.
Mid-Career Series: These events are for professionals who are no longer in the "emerging" space, but are still looking for a network of peers in the field to connect with on topics such as career planning, leadership development opportunities, wellness, and more.
Power Hour: These events create space for peer learning to build power with the communities we serve through our grantmaking and explore ways in which we can also critically engage beyond our institutional roles to challenge social inequities.
Salon Series: These events allow for information sharing, conversations, and friendly debates on a particular theme that is relevant to our work and community.
Skill Building Series: These events range from facilitated workshops, to peer learning, to activities cross-listed with partner organizations, all designed to help participants build capacity, improve their skills, and develop relationships within the context of promoting a more equitable and inclusive philanthropic sector.
There are so many great resources for the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors–from publications and research centers to academic and professional development opportunities. EPIP LA is happy to share this new, easy-to-use resource guide to help emerging foundation professionals be more effective in their work and more connected to the field...Read more
Through its Mentorship Program, EPIP LA aims to provide participants with the tools needed to seek out and develop meaningful connections with experienced leaders and their peers. Last year, EPIP LA successfully piloted its mentorship program. We’re excited to announce the program’s second year cohort...Read more
The Los Angeles Chapter of EPIP is so grateful for the generosity of those members and friends who have participated in our first ever Giving Circle. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Now the fun begins! We’re opening the nomination process to determine which emerging nonprofit organization or project will receive the dollars raised...Read more
Last year, EPIP’s LA Chapter launched a mentorship program to help our members establish long-term, meaningful relationships, both with a mentor and with other emerging professionals in the field. If you’re a member of EPIP LA, and are interested in gaining professional development skills and exploring your career interests, apply to participate in year two of the EPIP LA Mentorship Program...Read more
In philanthropy, we’re sometimes a step (or two) removed from our nonprofit partners doing such incredible work in the community. But building strong connections to support and champion our grantees is actually at the core of our values as philanthropy professionals. That’s why we are thrilled to partner with the One Percent Foundation to launch the very first EPIP Los Angeles Giving Circle. Please join us on Wednesday, June 18th for a special launch party to learn more!...Read more
EPIP LA Invites You to an Intimate Conversation with LA Mayoral Candidates Wendy Greuel & Eric Garcetti
EPIP Members are invited to attend An Intimate Conversation with LA Mayoral Candidates Wendy Greuel & Eric Garcetti presented by The Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce...Read more