About Us Section
Lori Bezahler


As President of the Edward W. Hazen Foundation, Lori Bezahler leads a national grant making program supporting organizing and leadership by young people and communities of color to dismantle structural inequity based on race and class. During 2013, Ms. Bezahler was also a Senior Fellow at the Center for Social Inclusion where she now serves on the Board of Directors. Her writing and commentary have appeared in The Nation, the Washington Post, Foundation Review, the Journal of Responsive Philanthropy, and on numerous blogs and other media outlets. With over 20 years’ experience as a leader in the not for profit sector, she has served on several boards including Grantmakers for Education, the National Center on Schools and Communities at Fordham University, Philanthropy New York, and the Center for Community Alternatives, and has taught as an adjunct assistant professor at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service.


Phillip Giles


Phillip Giles is the Program Officer for the Edward W. Hazen Foundation. As the Program Officer, Phillip is responsible for Hazen’s national grantmaking in community organizing. Phillip is a member of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, Grants Managers Network and New York Blacks in Philanthropy. Phillip also serves on the Boards of the New York Community Organizing Fund Inc. and the Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy. Phillip holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the City College of New York and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Baruch College.


Sara Houston


Sara has served as the Hazen Foundation Accounting Manager since 2013. Sara is a member of the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers.