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.