Tides Board of Directors

Noa Emmett Aluli

Noa Emmett Aluli is a Native Hawaiian physician on Moloka'i and a long-time activist for the preservation of Hawaiian culture and beliefs, the preservation of historical sites, and environmental integrity. He serves as a member of a number of organizations pursuing this work and he serves as the Chairman of the Kaho'olawe Island Reserve Commission, the State agency overseeing the clean-up and restoration of Kaho'olawe.

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.

Joanie Bronfman

Joanie Bronfman is a long-time advocate of social justice. She was a founder of the Threshold Foundation's Social Justice Committee, the Women Donors Network and the Jewish Funders Network. Over the years, Joanie has served on the boards of Tides Canada and the Threshold Foundation. She was a member of the Racial Justice Working Group of the Women Donors Network. She has also been a member of several funding circles including: the Ms. Foundation Safety Circle and Democracy Funding Circle, as well as the Global Fund for Women's circle on issues of Trafficking, and Women's Rights and Traditional Practices.

Stephanie J. Clohesy

Stephanie J. Clohesy is a public service leader with experience in public policy, women's rights, citizen participation/democratization, organizational and leadership development for the U.S. and international nonprofits. As founder and Principal at Clohesy Consulting, she specializes in providing strategic organizational, program planning, research, and design services to philanthropic foundations and to national and international nonprofit institutions.

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 Hunter Fisher

Jacob Hunter Fisher 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. Fisher 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. Fisher is a Point Scholar Alumni and graduate of Columbia University.

Vincent McGee, Chair 

Vincent McGee, Board Chair, Tides Network, has been active in the non-profit and donor fields since 1969. He is also a trustee of The Gagarin Trust; The Sister Fund; several other family foundations; of PATH - A Catalyst for Global Health; and LeAp - Learning through an Expanded Arts Program. He serves on the Board of Overseers of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (Smolny College) of the State University of St. Petersburg, Russia, and The Boards of Advisors of the Center for Civic Education, Bard College and of The Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Vincent began his career in 1969 as the Executive Director of Business Executives Move for Viet Nam Peace and in 1973 as Executive Director of The DJB Foundation; from 1977 - 1980 was Vice President for Development of the City College of New York (CUNY) and served as Executive Director of The Hunt Alternatives Fund from 1981 to 1985.  He then led The Aaron Diamond Foundation from 1985 to 1996.  He was Vice President of The Irene Diamond fund from 1995 until 2002; Senior Advisor for The Atlantic Philanthropies from 2005 to 2012 and board member and officer of The Overbrook Foundation from 1996 - 2013. As a consultant Vincent's clients have included individuals, families, foundations and corporate giving programs. His professional career paralleled active work for human rights, nonviolence, access to health, and for expanded support for programs assisting women and girls.   As a volunteer he has been a board member and Board Chair of Amnesty International USA, The Fund for Peace, FoodChange and he often advises donors and non-profits on focus and strategy. Vincent received an honorary Doctorate in Law from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 2003.  He is a frequent speaker and panelist and has been recognized by non-profit groups and colleagues for his leadership and volunteer commitments.

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 - 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.

Chuck C. Savitt

Charles (Chuck) C. Savitt co-founded Island Press in 1984 to stimulate, shape, and communicate the ideas essential to solving environmental problems.  Under Chuck’s leadership, Island Press has become more than a publisher—it convenes experts, helps them hone their ideas, then helps share the results.   Chuck received a B.A. in Community Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a M.P.A from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.  He also serves as a director of Fauna & Flora International and the National Environmental Trust Action Fund.

Tuti B. Scott, Vice 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

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.


Joanie BronfmanChair

Steve Zuckerman
Vincent McGee
Chuck Savitt
Jacob Fisher
Kafi Blumenfield
Sid Espinosa

Stephanie Clohesy, Chair

Tuti Scott
john a. powell
Suzanne Nossel
Michael Fernandez
Deepak Puri