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Advisory Board

CEP’s work is guided by an Advisory Board of foundation leaders, consultants, and academics. The Advisory Board meets annually. Sub-groups on key CEP research initiatives, such as strategy and governance, meet more frequently to provide advice and counsel to CEP staff.

Lynn Alvarez

Vice President, Programs and Strategy
ECMC Foundation

Grant Oliphant

Conrad Prebys Foundation
Former CEP Board Chair

Clara Bennett

Principal, Learning & Impact
Omidyar Network Fund, Inc.

Christy Pichel

Former President
Stuart Foundation
Former CEP Board Member

Elizabeth Brown

Managing Director, Mental Health
and Well-Being
Arthur M. Blank Foundation

Hilary Pennington

Executive Vice President of Programs
Ford Foundation
Former CEP Board Member

Matthew Carr

Strategy, Learning & Evaluation Director
Walton Family Foundation

Shelly Prichard

President & CEO
Wichita Community Foundation

Shawna Carroll-Wilthien

Impact & Learning Manager
Fondation Chanel

Brian Quinn

Associate Vice President, Research-Evaluation Learning
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Yolanda Coentro

President and CEO
Institute for Nonprofit Practice

Kathy Reich

BUILD Director
Ford Foundation


Sara Davis

Sr. Director of Grantmaking Operations
Insight & Learning at Hillspire

Bess Rothenberg

Senior Director of Strategy and Learning
Ford Foundation


Holly Donagh

Director, Strategic Learning, Insight and Influence
Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Nadege Souvenir

Chief Executive Officer
San Antonio Area Foundation

Pam Foster

Chief Operating Officer

Vince Stehle

Executive Director
Media Impact Funders
Former CEP Board Member

Dr. Laura Gerald

Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust

Kelvin Taketa

Former President & CEO
Hawai’i Community Foundation
Former CEP Board Member

Elizabeth González

Chief Program & Strategy Officer
College Futures Foundation

Jehan Velji

Director of the Effective Philanthropy Group
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Happy Mwende Kinyili

Co-Executive Director
Mama Cash

Mailee Walker

Executive Director
Claneil Foundation

Sandra Nathan

Managing Director of Operations
Humanity United

Dace West

Chief Impact Officer
The Denver Foundation