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Rahsaan K. Harris, PhD Bio

Rahsaan K. Harris, PhD, was selected as the Executive Director of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) in September 2012.  Mr. Harris received his doctorate in Public and Urban Policy from the New School University in New York City. His dissertation examined the philanthropic influences and interests of African-Americans. Rahsaan holds a Masters in Management from NYU and a Masters in Education from Columbia University. He attended Princeton University, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uruguay.

Prior to EPIP, Rahsaan led diversity and racial equity initiatives as a program officer at The Atlantic Philanthropies, an international foundation with assets over $3 billion. During his seven years at Atlantic, Mr. Harris managed the foundation’s response to the Haitian earthquake; oversaw grants to community groups in Bermuda; and supported the CEO on spend-down planning, discretionary grantmaking, and high-engagement grantmaking practices. Prior to Atlantic, Mr. Harris was Executive Director of Playing2Win, the nation’s first public access technology learning center serving inner city, low-income residents.