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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 and she currently chairs the board of Race Forward. Her writing and commentary have appeared in The Nation, TIME Magazine, the Washington Post, Foundation Review, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, 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 and Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service.

Sara Houston


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

Rosio Castelan


Rosio is the Program Associate for the Edward W. Hazen Foundation. She has previously worked with CARA, College Access: Research & Action, with the goal to help high school seniors navigate the college enrollment and acceptance processes. She has participated in youth discussions addressing racial and educational inequalities, resources available to DACA recipients and undocumented students. Rosio holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science from Hunter College.