Who We Are

Team

Our dedicated and diverse staff works tirelessly to support the work of our projects, clients, and grantees. Get to know our team and learn more below. 

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Yvonne L. Moore
Managing Director, Moore Philanthropy & President, Moore Impact

Yvonne L. Moore is the Founder and Managing Director at Moore Philanthropy, and President of partner organization, Moore Impact. She brings over 25 years of experience in the government, civil society, and philanthropic sectors to her work in providing strategic and tailored philanthropic advisement and solutions to families, individuals, and institutions. 

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Monica K. Lewis
Director of Strategy, Operations, and Legal

Monica K. Lewis is an attorney and seasoned strategy and operations professional. She has extensive experience scaling organizations, driving business development, conducting financial analysis and planning, and managing organizational risk.

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Hafeeza E. Rashed
Director of Programs and Partnerships

Hafeeza E. Rashed is the Director of Programs and Partnerships at Moore Impact. Previously, she worked at the King Baudouin Foundation United States (KBFU). At KBFUS, she was responsible for the outreach to individual donors and the development of our partnerships with African nonprofit organizations.

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A. Nicole Campbell
General Counsel

A. Nicole Campbell provides strategic legal, governance, and operational guidance as a senior advisor for two of the world’s most prominent philanthropists, and has spoken on and trained senior management teams and board members in nearly every region of the world in grantmaking, governance, and organizational design.

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Monica T. Brown
Director of Special Projects

Monica T. Brown has over 15 years of experience in philanthropy, cultivating her profound expertise in strategy development across individual and major giving, corporate and foundation relations, donor engagement, and board development.

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Alma Martinez
Grants Manager

Alma Martinez was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Prior to joining Moore Impact, she worked for The Denver Foundation for 13 years overseeing the gifts and grants team providing higher-level administrative support across the Foundation. Alma is motivated by the opportunity to be creative while helping others in the community.

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Emerson Soto
Director of Communications & Philanthropic Operations

Emerson Soto brings over 10 years of experience directing multi-channel fundraising and advocacy campaigns, developing integrated content marketing strategies, envisioning creative branding and marketing assets, and implementing tactics to diversify and grow audiences. In 2014, he founded Emerson Soto Consulting, a full-stack creative marketing, communications, and fundraising agency that engineers impactful storytelling and design for nonprofits and entrepreneurs.

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Joseph Jovel
Executive Assistant

Joseph Jovel brings with him almost 5 years of Executive Assistant experience in the Philanthropy sector alone. However, his career in customer service and team management spans over 18 years. 

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Michelle Guilbaud
Intern

Michelle Guilbaud is a current junior at Yale University pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and History, with a focus on empires and colonialism. A proud Haitian-American, she is also pursuing a Certificate of Advanced Language Study in French.

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Lorelei Williams
Executive Director, Warner Music Group/Blavatnik Family Foundation/Social Justice Fund

Lorelei Williams is Warner Music Group/Blavatnik Family Foundation Social Justice Fund’s (WMG/BFF SJF) first Executive Director. Prior to joining the WMG/BFF SJF, Williams served as Senior Vice President of Grant Programs at Comic Relief U.S., a nonprofit that uses the power of entertainment to help eliminate world poverty. While there, she launched a new grantmaking pillar focused on economic empowerment, providing thousands of low-income youth with access to job training, job placement and investment in youth-led social enterprises.

Moore Impact Board of Trustees

Felice Denny, Trustee
Raymond Holdago, Trustee
Madeline Holder, Trustee
Elan Moore-Jones, Trustee

Marci Mclendon, Trustee
Yondell E. Moore Jr., Trustee
Ayo Roach, Trustee
Yvonne L. Moore, Ex-Officio

Yvonne L. Moore

Founder and Managing Director, Moore Philanthropy
President, Moore Impact

Yvonne L. Moore is the Founder and Managing Director at Moore Philanthropy and its partner organization, Moore Impact. She brings over 25 years of experience in the government, civil society, and philanthropic sectors to her work in providing strategic and tailored philanthropic advisement and solutions to families, individuals and institutions. Prior to launching Moore Philanthropy, Yvonne was the Chief of Staff to filmmaker and philanthropist Abigail E. Disney where she oversaw the family’s network of media, philanthropic and advocacy organizations. She ran the family’s private foundation, provided advisement on their personal philanthropic giving, both charitable and political, and led their expansion into international giving in 2008.

Over the span of her philanthropic career, Yvonne has grown an impressive network of colleagues and grantee partners in both the U.S. and abroad, and brings those connections to bear in her client relationships. She has successfully forged connections with foreign government officials, built strong relationships with grassroots organizations and community advocates, and successfully co-developed projects in the most challenging of environments, including post-conflict and slum communities, and most recently the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Liberia. Having spent the bulk of her last 18 years focused primarily on the U.S. and Sub-Saharan Africa, she has gained a significant level of knowledge and experience in specific issue areas including economic security, anti-violence and safety, alternative energies, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), education, health, and organizational sustainability and management.

Before joining the philanthropic sector in 1999, Yvonne spent 10 years working in child protection and advocacy. Yvonne holds a BA from Texas Tech University and a MS in Nonprofit Management from the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at the New School. She has completed post-graduate studies in democracy and civil society at the University of Cape Town, and nationalism, post-conflict violence and gender at the University of Lower Silesia in Poland. Yvonne serves as a trustee of The Daphne Foundation, the New York Women’s Foundation, Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group and Comic Relief USA. She also serves as an advisor to The Accountability Council, Jola House Liberia and the Periwinkle Initiative.

Monica K. Lewis

Director of Strategy, Operations, and Legal

Monica K. Lewis is an attorney and seasoned strategy and operations professional. She has extensive experience scaling organizations, driving business development, conducting financial analysis and planning, and managing organizational risk.

Previously, Monica served as a Senior Director at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, leading an entrepreneurial team tasked with increasing earned revenue and developing the organization’s strategic plan. Prior to that, she was the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for an innovative technology startup, integrating legal compliance and efficiency into every aspect of its operations. Monica is also an experienced contracts attorney, drafting and negotiating multimillion-dollar contracts with federal, state, and local governments, as well as Fortune 500 companies.

She has worked for several nonprofit organizations, such as Covenant House International, the Daphne Foundation, and Philanthropy New York, promoting mission-driven work across cultures and matrix organizations. Monica brings her deep experience and passion for efficient processes and inclusive and supportive company cultures to Moore Philanthropy.

Monica is a volunteer with Immigration Justice Project, Immigration Justice Campaign, and Catholic Charities New York providing pro bono representation to newly-arrived immigrants. She lives in the Bronx, New York, and is a graduate of Fordham University and Brooklyn Law School.

Hafeeza E. Rashed

Director of Programs and Partnerships

Hafeeza E. Rashed is the Director of Programs and Partnerships at Moore Impact. Previously, she worked at the King Baudouin Foundation United States. At KBFUS, she was responsible for the outreach to individual donors and the development of our partnerships with African nonprofit organizations.

Hafeeza has worked in education, law, social justice, and philanthropy for the last 15 years. Hafeeza advocates for direct resourcing of African-led organizations on the continent. She speaks regularly at conferences on African-led civil society organizations and is published in the African Philanthropy Forum’s Toolkit for African Philanthropists.

Hafeeza earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Spelman College, and her law degree from the University of Richmond. She currently resides in New York City.

A. Nicole Campbell,

General Counsel

Nicole Campbell has provided strategic legal, governance, and operational guidance as a senior advisor for two of the world’s most prominent philanthropists, and has spoken on and trained senior management teams and board members in nearly every region of the world in grantmaking, governance, and organizational design.

With more than fifteen years of experience in the public and private sectors, Nic has deep expertise in designing and building nonprofit organizations from concept phase to full independence and designing innovative organizational, grant-making, and governance structures. For her entire career, she has been a sought-after strategist and thought partner to philanthropists, philanthropies, collaboratives, movements, and nonprofit organizations in the United States, the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, and around the world.

Nic is the founder of the Build Up Companies, a federated group of companies comprised of Build Up Advisory Group, The Campbell Law Firm, and Build Up, Inc. and focused on transforming outcomes for vulnerable and marginalized communities. She is Chief Executive Officer of Build Up Advisory Group, an advisory firm that specializes in improving governance, grantmaking, and organizational design for brave philanthropists, philanthropies, movements, and nonprofit organizations to provide them with the structural capacity to deliver on their missions. She is Managing Attorney of The Campbell Law Firm, a boutique law firm that serves as a trusted advisor to brave grant-making nonprofits, movements, philanthropies, and philanthropists to interrupt cycles of injustice and inequity.

She is also President of Build Up, Inc., a nonprofit capacity builder that supports leaders of color and incubates and fiscally sponsors charitable projects and organizations that work with under-resourced and invisibilized communities around the world.

Prior to founding the Build Up Companies, Nic was Senior Director of Operations and Foundation Counsel for Dalio Philanthropies, Ray Dalio’s global, multi-million dollar family philanthropy; Deputy General Counsel and Secretary for the Open Society Foundations, George Soros’s global, multi-billion dollar philanthropic network; and Associate General Counsel for the New York Community Trust, a multi-billion dollar community foundation. Prior to her in-house roles, Nic was a tax associate attorney in private practice working with both nonprofit and for-profit clients.

Nic received her B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law, and her LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law. She earned her Certification in Executive Leadership from INSEAD.

Monica T. Brown

Director of Special Projects

Monica Brown has over 15 years of experience in philanthropy, cultivating her profound expertise in strategy development across individual and major giving, corporate and foundation relations, donor engagement, and board development.

She has devoted her career to some of New York City’s most venerable civic, healthcare, and educational institutions, including Columbia University, where she currently serves as an associate faculty member in the Masters Nonprofit Management program. Previously, she served as Managing Director of Development for Educators for Excellence-NY, a teacher-led, student-focused policy and advocacy organization, where she led development growth and strategy focusing on private philanthropic investment. 

Monica is a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University and received her MS in Nonprofit Management from Columbia University in New York City, where she currently resides as a lifelong resident of Harlem.

Alma Martinez

Grants Manager

Alma Martinez was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). 

Prior to joining Moore Impact, she worked for The Denver Foundation for 13 years overseeing the gifts and grants team providing higher-level administrative support across the Foundation. Alma is motivated by the opportunity to be creative while helping others in the community. 

In this position, she works to build both relationships with the nonprofit community to better understand community needs and trends as well as community connection and partnership. She was a former footballer who played for the Mexican Women’s National football team. Her free time is spent trail running, hiking, going on walks with her dog Jaseybear. 

Emerson Soto

Director of Communications & Philanthropic Operations

Emerson Soto brings over 10 years of experience directing multi-channel fundraising and advocacy campaigns, developing integrated content marketing strategies, envisioning creative branding and marketing assets, and implementing tactics to diversify and grow audiences.

In 2014, he founded Emerson Soto Consulting, a full-stack creative marketing, communications, and fundraising agency that engineers impactful storytelling and design for nonprofits and entrepreneurs. Previously, he served as The Bronx Defenders’ (BxD) Director of Advancement, where he partnered with leaders and staff members within the agency to elevate the BxD brand, generate visibility, and foster engagement with target audiences to mobilize resources for the organization. Before joining BxD, he served as Director of Communications and Fundraising Campaigns at The Fortune Society, where he developed and executed an integrated communications plan and content marketing strategy to advance Fortune’s direct service program and policy goals.

Emerson also served as Development Officer at Harmony Institute, Manager of Development and Communications at The Gbowee Peace Foundation USA, and Development Associate at The Correctional Association of New York. 

Emerson graduated from the City University of New York-Queens College with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Secondary Education.

Joseph Jovel

Executive Assistant

Joseph brings with him almost 5 years of Executive Assistant experience in the Philanthropy sector alone. However, his career in customer service and team management spans over 18 years. 

Thriving off of fast-paced, task-driven environments, Joseph has extensive knowledge of administrative duties, including scheduling and correspondence, and has been able to tailor his skills to meet the needs of various clients throughout his career. He is well equipped with the exceptional ability to facilitate all aspects of internal and external communications and support the day-to-day responsibilities by working collaboratively with the entire Moore Philanthropy team to achieve optimal efficiency.

Michelle Gilbaud

Intern

Michelle Guilbaud is a current junior at Yale University pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and History, with a focus on empires and colonialism. A proud Haitian-American, she is also pursuing a Certificate of Advanced Language Study in French. Beyond academics, Michelle serves as the President of the TAMID Group at Yale, a non-profit organization that develops the professional skills of undergraduate students through hands-on interaction with the Israeli economy via finance and consulting projects. She is also the VP of Development for Yale’s chapter of Scholars of Finance, whose mission is to create the next generation of finance leaders with character and integrity. She is also a member of Black Students Alliance at Yale and Yale Black Women’s Coalition. 

 Michelle has completed many internships within the finance industry. She has conducted investment research at Rothschild, worked in Risk at J.P. Morgan, and interned for a real estate Private Equity firm this past summer, but this June she will be joining Goldman Sachs as a Summer Analyst in the Firmwide Strategy Group. She wants to continue working in finance and hopes to one day contribute and eventually lead initiatives that invest in Black America, and narrow the racial wealth gap. 

 Prior to Yale, Michelle attended the Fieldston School in Riverdale, Bronx starting in 7th grade until her high school graduation. In her free time, Michelle loves going on walks, drinking chai and iced matcha lattes, listening to music, learning about sustainable development and renewable energies, spending time with her friends and family, and watching TV shows on Netflix! She is also a proud alumna of Prep for Prep (Contingent XXXIV).

Lorelei Williams

Executive Director, Warner Music Group/Blavatnik Family Foundation/Social Justice Fund

Lorelei Williams is Warner Music Group/Blavatnik Family Foundation Social Justice Fund’s (WMG/BFF SJF) first Executive Director. 

Prior to joining the WMG/BFF SJF, Williams served as Senior Vice President of Grant Programs at Comic Relief U.S., a nonprofit that uses the power of entertainment to help eliminate world poverty. While there, she launched a new grantmaking pillar focused on economic empowerment, providing thousands of low-income youth with access to job training, job placement, and investment in youth-led social enterprises. In addition, she inaugurated a Youth Advisory Council, composed of eight trailblazing young leaders who now inform the strategy for Red Nose Day – a fundraising campaign to end child poverty that culminates with a special night of programming on NBC. Williams was also instrumental in increasing Comic Relief’s investment in BIPOC organizations by 25%.

Before Comic Relief, Williams spent more than 15 years working as a philanthropic strategist with a focus on the U.S., South America, and Sub-Saharan Africa. For the majority of those years, she was President of Onira Global Advisors, where she provided counsel on fundraising, grantmaking, and program design to foundations and nonprofit organizations around the globe. Her clients included the Kellogg Foundation, Ford Foundation, Brazil Foundation, and The Brazilian Institute of Ethnic Media. As a Fulbright fellow in Salvador da Bahia, Williams founded the POMPA project in partnership with the Steve Biko Institute to train Afro-Brazilian youth for public service careers. She also served as Co-Chair of the Civil Society Committee for the U.S. State Department’s U.S.-Brazil Joint Action Plan to End Racial Discrimination (JAPER).

Williams holds a B.A. from Yale University in Political Science and African American Studies and a master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.