Rahsaan Harris, PhD

President & 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.


Michael Barham

Vice President, Programs

Michael Barham is a programs and systems specialist with more than ten years of experience in nonprofit and public sector organizations that educate, train and empower young people. He is passionate about equal opportunity and equity, and brings a keen understanding of dynamics affecting the public sector, institutional philanthropy, and nonprofits. Michael was born and raised in New York City, attended Stuyvesant High School, received his Bachelor of Psychology from the University of Michigan and his Master of Public Administration from Baruch’s Marxe School of Public and International Affairs.


Ayia Gospodinova

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

Operations 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

Senior Program Manager

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 Manager, Recruitment and Student Support

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

Senior Program Coordinator, Data and Systems Management & Social Media Manager

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 to helping his friend with his startup business CT3Designs.


Niéna Drake

AMMP Network Director

With more than 10 years of entertainment industry experience, Emma Bowen Alumna Niéna Drake is a highly respected Emmy Award-Winning Producer/Writer, Music Curator and Digital & Culture Strategist who has increased revenue and engagement for major brands and media companies. Her television work includes on-camera appearances, hosting and producing for television and digital networks including ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, OWN, Showtime, Complex Media, REVOLT, HGTV and more. She most recently launched multiple unscripted original digital shows and led the digital production team for Entertainment Tonight at CBS Interactive. Niéna was the first television producer to interview and feature Kanye West and Oscar Winner Common on television in Chicago. She's had the honor of interviewing some of the world's most notable celebrities, entertainers and public figures including President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama and many more. The Chicago Tribune named her "one of the most influential" Chicagoans.