Board

Tides Board of Directors

Kafi D. Blumenfield

Kafi D. Blumenfield has two decades of experience as an advocate for social change working to improve the well-being and civic engagement of disenfranchised communities. Between 2007 and 2013, she served as Liberty Hill Foundation’s President and CEO during which time she strengthened the foundation’s investment in community leaders on the frontlines of change by launching innovative programs including the Brothers, Sons, Selves initiative and the Wally Marks Leadership Institute for Change. Prior to becoming the President and CEO of Liberty Hill, Kafi developed and directed Liberty Hill’s LibertyVote grantmaking and training program dedicated to helping grassroots organizations integrate voter engagement strategies into their organizing campaigns. Earlier in her career Kafi served as Deputy Director of Neighbor to Neighbor. She also served as Director of Programs for the Fair Housing Council of San Gabriel Valley and worked for the Natural Resources Defense Council on urban air issues. Ms. Blumenfield was appointed to the California Commission on the Status of Women in 2011. She serves on the boards of Southern California Grantmakers, The Association of Black Foundation Executives, The Anti-Recidivism Coalition, and Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project in Los Angeles and is a member of the advisory board of the Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation. Ms. Blumenfield's leadership has been recognized by organizations such as the National Women's Political Caucus LA Westside, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, National Council of Negro Women, and Stonewall Young Democrats. She holds a law degree from UCLA and a B.A. from Pomona College.

Kriss Deiglmeier, Tides CEO

Kriss Deiglmeier has more than 20 years of senior executive experience that spans business, social enterprise, nonprofit, academic and philanthropic sectors. She is recognized as a pioneer in the field of social innovation and has presented nationally and internationally on social innovation, social entrepreneurship, design thinking and public-private partnerships as well as guest-lectured at myriad universities around the world. Before joining Tides, Kriss was the founding Executive Director for the Center for Social Innovation (CSI) at Stanford. She established CSI as a global leader in the emerging social innovation field. Kriss worked as an Advisor to the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies while living in Myanmar in 2013. In her previous role as Chief Operating Officer for Juma Ventures, Kriss helped raise the profile of the social entrepreneurship field from a niche market to mainstream. Kriss has written and published leading thought pieces on social impact. Her most recent publication is a book chapter, “Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation: What’s New, and Why is it Important?” in The Real Problem Solvers. Kriss developed and taught the course, “Social Innovation through Corporate Social Responsibility” at Stanford. In Myanmar, Kriss conceived, created, and led an “Innovation in Action Lab” to equip organizations with design thinking methodologies and tools. Kriss has served on a number of boards, and advisory groups. Kriss received her BA from the University of Washington, and her MBA from UC Berkeley.

Brickson Diamond

Brickson is the Chief Operating Officer of the Executive Leadership Council, a membership organization comprised of over 600 current and former African American CEO’s and senior executives at Fortune 1000/Global 500 companies. The organization supports its members, advocates within corporations, drives leadership development, awards grants and provides student scholarships all in support of advancing inclusive corporate leadership. Brickson is a 17-year veteran of the investment management industry. He spent 15 of those years as an executive with The Capital Group Companies. He holds degrees from the Harvard Business School and Brown University, where he serves as a trustee. Brickson also serves on the board of the Middlesex School and chairs the board of the Blackhouse Foundation. He previously chaired the board of the National Hospice Foundation and served as a member of the board of the Liberty Hill Foundation. In addition to his extensive fundraising experience Brickson teaches and speaks nationally on the topic. 

Suzanne DiBianca

Suzanne DiBianca is the Executive Vice President of Corporate Relations and Chief Philanthropy Officer of Salesforce. In this role, Suzanne leads Salesforce’s stakeholder strategy—including all corporate giving, community relations and sustainability efforts. Suzanne was previously co-founder and president of the Salesforce Foundation and Salesforce.org. Under Suzanne’s leadership, Salesforce pioneered the 1-1-1 model of integrated corporate philanthropy, which dedicates 1% of Salesforce’s equity, employee time or product back into the community. Today, Salesforce serves as a successful model for corporate social responsibility, with hundreds of companies adopting this model through Pledge 1%. Suzanne is a recognized leader in corporate philanthropy. She has been named one of Inside Philanthropy’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Philanthropy and is member of the San Francisco Business Times’ Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business hall of fame. She serves on the boards of Box.org, Classy, Inc., Tides and the World Affairs Council’s Global Philanthropy Forum. Suzanne is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Sid Espinosa

Sid Espinosa is an American businessman and politician. He is the former mayor of Palo Alto, CA, notably the first Hispanic to be elected to public office in that city's history. Sid is currently the Director of Corporate Citizenship for Microsoft Corporation. Sid graduated from Wesleyan University where he majored in Government. He later earned a master's degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he developed a passion for philanthropy and "its power to transform communities and individuals." Sid's career has spanned the government, business, philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. After working at the Democratic National Committee during  the 1994 congressional campaigns, Sid joined the Clinton Administration, and worked both at the White House and then as an Advisor to U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno at the U.S. Department of Justice. Sid has served on numerous boards of directors for business, nonprofit and educational organizations around the world.  

Michael Fernandez

Michael is the founder of Quant 6. He leads data science and software engineering teams focused on Big Data. He is Co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of Little Kids Rock, a national non-profit restoring and revitalizing music education in disadvantaged public schools by donating instruments and music lessons to over 100,000 kids annually across the U.S. and in 25 cities. Little Kids Rock has been featured in Forbes and Rolling Stone, and supported by Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga, Metallica, and many other musical luminaries. Michael serves on the board of NCIRE, the leading nonprofit medical research institute in the United States devoted to pioneering new treatments and providing medical care for military Veterans. He served in the US Army and was the #1 ranked Distinguished Military Graduate of his ROTC class and ranked #1 in his Officer Basic Course. He was promoted to the rank of Captain after graduating from the JFK Special Warfare Center and while serving in a special operations unit; US Army Reserves. He is a Marshall Memorial Fellow, a White House Fellowship-National Finalist, and is recognized as "One of the most influential Bay Area Latinos" by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Born in NYC, he is the son of hard-working immigrant parents and the first to attend college earning a BSE from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MPA from Harvard University.

Jacob Weldon

Jacob Weldon is part of the Executive Management function at The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., where he focuses on Global Public Affairs and Philanthropic Investments for the Company and its 30 brands. He also serves as Global Chair of wELCome, the Company’s employee business group for LGBTQA professionals. Between 2009 and 2011, he was Chief of Staff & Special Advisor to the CEO at Taproot Foundation, which makes business talent available to organizations working to improve society by engaging millions of business professionals in pro bono services through its signature Service Grant Program and award-winning Advisory Services Practice. Previously, he worked in Social Innovation at global PR agency Weber Shandwick as well as in Corporate Responsibility and Philanthropy at Time Warner Inc. In 2007, Mr. Weldon served as a Fellow to the CEO of The Trevor Project, the nation’s leading organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth. Mr. Weldon is a Point Scholar Alumni and graduate of Columbia University.

Edward G. Lloyd

Ed Lloyd has been the Vice President of Finance and Administration for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in New York since 2001. Ed supervises a 68-person staff with the following direct reports: Finance, Budgeting, IT, Strategic Planning, Revenue processing, Donor Management and Human Resources. Among his most important accomplishments have been establishing the bridge fund, establishing an excellent retirement plan, purchasing the organization’s real estate and establishing a transparent and positive relationship with the board. Ed is President of the Board of Condominium of 125 Maiden Lane, the headquarters of U.S. Fund for UNICEF. In addition, he chairs the Investment Committee of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York and is a member of the church’s Audit Committee. Ed also serves as the President of the Rivers Arts Cooperative Board in New York. Ed was awarded the St. Martin de Porres Award from Molloy College in 2003.

Peter Mellen

Peter Mellen is an entrepreneur with 20 years of experience in online business and commercial real estate. He is currently President of Mellen Investment Properties, a real estate investing firm that manages and develops residential and commercial properties. He also served as co-founder and CEO of Edison|Wright, where he launched one of the first PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) programs in the world to finance clean energy projects in buildings through voluntary property tax assessments. Previously, he served as Director of Premium Education Services at AOL, where he managed a portfolio of online education services provided to K-12 students. Prior to AOL, Peter served as Vice President of Business Development for Safari Books Online. Immediately after earning his MBA in 1998, Mr. Mellen co-founded Headlight, an online learning company that raised more than $15 million of venture capital from investors that included Draper Fisher Jurvetson and the Silicon Valley Band of Angels. Peter currently serves as chairman of the Washington DC Local Advisory Board for BUILD, a program that provides entrepreneurship education for high school students in under-resourced communities. He earned a Bachelor's degree and an MBA (Honors) from Georgetown University, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Suzanne Nossel

Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director of PEN American Center: Prior to coming to PEN American Center, human rights advocate and non-profit leader Suzanne Nossel served as the Executive Director of Amnesty International USA, where she led a strategic reorganization to strengthen Amnesty’s external human rights impact and focus on building the next generation of human rights activists. She also led successful efforts to secure passage of the Afghan Women and Girls Security Promotion Act of 2012 and convened a historic youth Town Hall with Burmese Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. Nossel also previously served in the Obama administration, where, as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations, she oversaw U.S. engagement in the UN Human Rights Council, championing groundbreaking resolutions on freedom of expression; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights; and human rights abuses in Iran, Libya, Syria, Cote d’Ivoire, and elsewhere. Prior to that she was the Chief Operating Officer of Human Rights Watch and Deputy to the U.S. Ambassador for UN Management and Reform at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. She has also served as a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and as an executive at Dow Jones/The Wall Street Journal and at Bertelsmann. Nossel spent two years in South Africa working to address political violence during that country’s transition into democracy, a formative experience in her development as a human rights activist. She has published pieces on international affairs and human rights in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Dissent, The National Interest, and Foreign Affairs magazine, where she coined the term “Smart Power,” the title of a 2004 article. Nossel received her A.B. from Harvard College and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

john a. powell

Professor john a. powell is Director of the Haas Diversity Research Center (HDRC) and Robert D. Haas Chancellor’s Chair in Equity and Inclusion at the University of California, Berkeley.  From 2003 to the end of 2011, he was Executive Director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University and Gregory H. Williams Chair in Civil Right  and Civil  Liberties at  Ohio  State’s Moritz College  of  Law.  Previously,  Professor  powell  founded  and  directed  the  Institute on  Race and  Poverty  at  the University of Minnesota. He also served as Director of Legal Services of Greater Miami and was National  Legal  Director  of  the  American Civil Liberties  Union  where  he  was  instrumental  in developing educational adequacy theory. Professor powell is a co-founder of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC) and serves on the board of several national organizations. He has taught at numerous law schools including The Ohio State University, Harvard University and Columbia University. He earned an undergraduate degree in psychology at Stanford University and the Juris Doctor at the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall).

Deepak Puri

Deepak Puri is the VP Strategic Alliances at LogMeIn.com - a leading provider of cloud based collaboration services and solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT). Earlier he has held executive roles at VMware, Oracle and Netscape. As a business development expert Deepak believes that effective partnering delivers benefits to all parties involved. He has spent over 20 years honing his expertise in structuring deals involving technology, sales distribution, business models and people. Deepak advises startups and volunteers with various nonprofits including Ashoka, Global Press Institute and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Tuti B. Scott, Chair

Tuti B. Scott serves as President of her consulting firm Imagine Philanthropy supporting organizations, social enterprise leaders, CEO’s and philanthropists. She is an energetic speaker, strategist and facilitator inspiring people to act boldly, raise the visibility of their activism and shift cultures. The self-designated “Chief Inspiration Officer” of the women’s funding movement, Tuti has been speaker and leader in women’s rights, social justice philanthropy and women’s sports and enjoys supporting leaders, families, and organizations to ‘live’ their philanthropic values and materialize their visions. As a Spiritual Jock and women’s sports advocate, Tuti brings the topics of self-care, teamwork, competition, and personal excellence into her work. Her company, Imagine Philanthropy, has worked with the membership and leadership of The Women’s Funding Network, Women Moving Millions, The Representation Project, International Women’s Development Agency, Equal Rights Advocates, Jewish Women’s Foundations, among others. Through leadership cohorts, organizational assessments, fundraising trainings and strategic planning work, Tuti has worked directly with more than 75 women led organizations in the past six years. Using her experiences as an athlete, basketball coach, Chief Development Officer and Co-CEO for the Women's Sports Foundation, and philanthropist, Tuti brings insights about sports, leadership, power and money to philanthropic circles to board rooms, and management teams.Tuti is a certified fundraiser from the Association of Fundraising professionals.

Steve Zuckerman, Vice Chair

Steve Zuckerman is Managing Director of Self-Help's California operations and President of Self-Help Federal Credit Union. Self-Help is a leading nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) founded in 1980 and now managing almost $2 billion in assets and 42 credit union branches with more than 100,000 members. Self-Help has provided nearly $6.5 billion in financing to roughly 87,000 families, businesses and nonprofits. Previously, Steve spent almost 15 years with McCown De Leeuw & Co (MDC), a private investment firm based in Menlo Park, CA that focused on middle market management buyouts. Throughout his career, Steve has served on numerous nonproft boards in the areas of economic justice and youth development. In addition to Self-Help related boards, he currently serves on the national governing board of Positive Coaching Alliance and the New Market Tax Credit advisory board of Opportunity Fund. Steve earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA from Yale University. Steve is married with three children.

 


Tides is a network of nonprofit organizations. The Tides Board of Directors oversees Tides as a whole, and its members also make up the directors for each Tides organization.

TIDES FOUNDATION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
THE TIDES CENTER
BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Joanie BronfmanChair

Steve Zuckerman
Vincent McGee
Jacob Weldon
Kafi Blumenfield
Sid Espinosa
Brickson Diamond
Suzanne DiBianca

Michael Fernandez, Chair

Tuti Scott
john a. powell
Suzanne Nossel
Deepak Puri
Edward Lloyd
Peter Mellen
Noa Emmett Aluli

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