About Us

OUR MISSION & VISION

The Emma Bowen Foundation is building a more diverse media industry.

We recruit promising students of color and place them in multi-year paid internships at some of the nation's leading media and technology companies, provide the media and tech industries with a pipeline of young talent and emerging leadership, and advocate for best practices in diverse hiring, retention, and advancement.

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We believe that diversity is important in all aspects of the media industry, from the correspondents in front of the camera to the media sales departments bringing in revenue to the coders and engineers who are changing the way we access and understand content, and prepare our students for careers in the Business of MediaContent of Media, and Innovation of Media.

Making An Impact On The Industry

Over our 26-year history, the Emma Bowen Foundation has provided internships for almost 800 students of color. We believe the key to our continued success is a top-down commitment to diversity, a spotlight on excellence, and careful monitoring of our students’ and graduates’ on-going progress — a “leave nothing to chance” approach focused on results.

When they graduate, our fellows join a distinguished group of alumni. Over 65% of our alumni remain in media and 72% of 2015 graduates are employed in the industry. They work for major media companies across the country in fields ranging from production to finance to public affairs. They are account executives, analysts, and on-air reporters; Emmy and Peabody award winners; and key members of the industry from the edit room to the boardroom.

Partnering With Top Media Companies

Our work would not be possible without the support of our corporate partners. Each summer they welcome Emma Bowen Fellows into their ranks, providing meaningful work experience, exposure to the media industry, and connections to mentors and colleagues in the field. From major television networks like HBO and CBS to public relations firms like FleishmanHillard to tech organizations like ARRIS and Concurrent Computer Corporation, our partners span the media industry and offer a diverse set of experiences and opportunities for our fellows.

 

 

Staff

Rahsaan Harris, PhD

President and CEO

Dr. Harris has more than 15 years of direct experience working in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. He received his doctorate in Public and Urban Policy from the New School, where his dissertation was on understanding how socio-economic diversity in the African-American community affects their philanthropic interests. He also holds a Master in Management and High School Science Education from New York University and Columbia, respectively, and a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University.


Sandra Rice

Senior Vice President, National Recruitment

For nearly two decades, Sandra Rice has helped to develop the careers of hundreds of college students of color by placing them in internships that help build strong resumes. In addition, she serves on the Board of Directors of several nonprofits including Union County College Foundation in New Jersey. She is also Chair of the Scholarship Committee for the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (Bergen Passaic Chapter). Sandra received her Bachelor of Arts, Journalism, Radio & Television from San Jose State University and her Master in Media Studies from The New School in New York City.


Michael Barham

Director, Strategy and Analytics

Michael Barham is an operations and programs specialist with more than seven years of experience in nonprofit and public sector organizations that educate, train and empower young people. He is passionate about equal opportunity and equity, especially with regard to education. Michael was born and raised in New York City, attended Stuyvesant High School and received his Bachelor of Psychology from the University of Michigan. He is currently pursuing his Master of Public Administration from Baruch’s School of Public Affairs.


Ayia Gospodinova

Associate Director, Development

Ayia Gospodinova graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies and Art and brings experience in both the nonprofit  and for-profit sectors. She is passionate about the necessity and potential of engaging multiple sectors to solve social challenges. Ayia was raised in New York City and attended the Nightingale-Bamford School.


Tricia Andersen-Vie

Program Manager

Tricia Andersen-Vie graduated from The University of Texas at El Paso with a Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies, and has over 15 years experience in operational and program management. Prior to joining the Emma Bowen Foundation nearly five years ago, she served in various marketing and management roles in Texas, such as Brand Manager, Operations Manager and Director of Marketing at both large consumer product companies and a startup food company. Tricia is committed to the Emma Bowen Foundation’s mission of diversity, opportunity, experience and excellence.


Crystal Aldape

Recruitment Associate

Crystal Aldape graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. After college, she returned to Texas where she served as an ASSET*AmeriCorps team leader with United Cerebral Palsy of Texas, which merged with Easter Seals of Central Texas. Following her AmeriCorps terms, Crystal worked for the Texas Senate Research Center as a Research Associate.


Claribel Nunez

Program Associate

Claribel Nunez’s career in the non-profit sector includes administrative work in the development and implementation of employment programs, job readiness workshops, outreach, research, and referrals for the underserved. She also has experience working with local and state government in development and implementation of new programs. Claribel is passionate about sharing information and knowledge to empower others. Claribel is a native New Yorker and is a graduate from State University College at Buffalo with a Bachelor in Business Administration.


Everette Harrison 

Assistant to the President & CEO

Everette Harrison graduated from York College, City University of New York with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. Everette also graduated high school as the salutatorian. While in school, he has volunteered his time to helping his hometown community of Far Rockaway by participating in beach and community clean ups. Everette dedicates his time in helping his friend with his startup business CT3Designs.

 

Staff

Rahsaan Harris, PhD

President and CEO

Dr. Harris has more than 15 years of direct experience working in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. He received his doctorate in Public and Urban Policy from the New School, where his dissertation was on understanding how socio-economic diversity in the African-American community affects their philanthropic interests. He also holds a Master in Management and High School Science Education from New York University and Columbia, respectively, and a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University.


Sandra Rice

Senior Vice President, National Recruitment

For nearly two decades, Sandra Rice has helped to develop the careers of hundreds of college students of color by placing them in internships that help build strong resumes. In addition, she serves on the Board of Directors of several nonprofits including Union County College Foundation in New Jersey. She is also Chair of the Scholarship Committee for the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (Bergen Passaic Chapter). Sandra received her Bachelor of Arts, Journalism, Radio & Television from San Jose State University and her Master in Media Studies from The New School in New York City.


Michael Barham

Director, Strategy and Analytics

Michael Barham is an operations and programs specialist with more than seven years of experience in nonprofit and public sector organizations that educate, train and empower young people. He is passionate about equal opportunity and equity, especially with regard to education. Michael was born and raised in New York City, attended Stuyvesant High School and received his Bachelor of Psychology from the University of Michigan. He is currently pursuing his Master of Public Administration from Baruch’s School of Public Affairs.


Ayia Gospodinova

Associate Director, Development

Ayia Gospodinova graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies and Art and brings experience in both the nonprofit  and for-profit sectors. She is passionate about the necessity and potential of engaging multiple sectors to solve social challenges. Ayia was raised in New York City and attended the Nightingale-Bamford School.


Tricia Andersen-Vie

Program Manager

Tricia Andersen-Vie graduated from The University of Texas at El Paso with a Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies, and has over 15 years experience in operational and program management. Prior to joining the Emma Bowen Foundation nearly five years ago, she served in various marketing and management roles in Texas, such as Brand Manager, Operations Manager and Director of Marketing at both large consumer product companies and a startup food company. Tricia is committed to the Emma Bowen Foundation’s mission of diversity, opportunity, experience and excellence.


Crystal Aldape

Recruitment Associate

Crystal Aldape graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. After college, she returned to Texas where she served as an ASSET*AmeriCorps team leader with United Cerebral Palsy of Texas, which merged with Easter Seals of Central Texas. Following her AmeriCorps terms, Crystal worked for the Texas Senate Research Center as a Research Associate.


Claribel Nunez

Program Associate

Claribel Nunez’s career in the non-profit sector includes administrative work in the development and implementation of employment programs, job readiness workshops, outreach, research, and referrals for the underserved. She also has experience working with local and state government in development and implementation of new programs. Claribel is passionate about sharing information and knowledge to empower others. Claribel is a native New Yorker and is a graduate from State University College at Buffalo with a Bachelor in Business Administration.


Everette Harrison 

Assistant to the President & CEO

Everette Harrison graduated from York College, City University of New York with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. Everette also graduated high school as the salutatorian. While in school, he has volunteered his time to helping his hometown community of Far Rockaway by participating in beach and community clean ups. Everette dedicates his time in helping his friend with his startup business CT3Designs.