Advisory Council

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy Advisory Council provides expert guidance and advice to staff and board members in the areas of disaster management and philanthropic engagement to ensure that we best represent the needs of disaster-affected populations and the donor community.

Meet our Advisory Council members:

Chair: Biz Ghormley, Founder & President, Cera Studios, LLC

Dr. Supriya Akerkar, Director, Centre for Development and Emergency Practice

Isabel Barrios, Program Officer, Greater New Orleans Foundation

Erin Borla, Executive Director/Trustee, Roundhouse Foundation

Alexander J. Diaz, Head of AI for Social Good,

Brandon Iracks-Edelin, Senior Programs Associate, United Philanthropy Forum

Nasra Ismail, U.S Enterprise Executive Director, Alight

Brian Kastner, Director, Engagement, Council on Foundations

Dr. Daniel Maxwell, Henry J. Leir Professor in Food Security and Research Director at the Feinstein International Center, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University

Amelia Mendizabal, Director of Programs, National VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster)

Tere Figueras Negrete, Senior Director of Communications, The Funders Network

Dr. Lori Peek, Professor in the Department of Sociology and Director of the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado Boulder

Grace Sato, Director of Research, Candid

Jeff Schlegelmilch, Director, National Center for Disaster Preparedness, The Earth Institute | Columbia University

Julien Schopp, Vice President of Humanitarian Policy and Practice, InterAction