Tides' impact is made possible by the shared commitment of our Board of Directors, staff, and partners.
Cheryl D. Alston
Cheryl D. Alston, MBA, is Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer of Employees’ Retirement Fund (ERF) of the City of Dallas, a $3.1 billion pension fund. Ms. Alston is responsible for strategy development, finance, operations and investments. She is the first African American and the first woman to be the executive director of ERF. Ms. Alston has over 20 years of expertise in the financial services industry, including positions at ERF, Cigna Corporation and Chase Global Securities. Ms. Alston staffs a host of volunteer positions. In 2011, Cheryl was appointed by President Barack Obama to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) Advisory Committee. The PBGC protects the retirement incomes of more than 44 million U.S. workers and has over $80 billion in assets. She also chairs the Finance & Strategy committee for a large Catholic healthcare system and chairs the investment committee for the Dallas Women’s Foundation. Her other board memberships include Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City and Torchmark Corporation. Ms. Alston is a noted speaker on asset allocation, manager selection, and risk management for institutional investor conferences. In 2016, Ms. Alston received Institutional Investor’s prestigious Investor Intelligence Network Award for her significant contributions to the industry through her work with Emerging Managers. Ms. Alston has a MBA in Finance from The Leonard N. Stern School at New York University and an undergraduate degree in Multinational Management from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She received a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Kafi D. Blumenfield
Kafi D. Blumenfield is a social justice change-maker. Whether as the founding Executive Director of Discovery Cube LA or President/CEO of the Liberty Hill Foundation or Deputy Director of Neighbor to Neighbor, Kafi has mentored dozens of change agents from diverse backgrounds and collaborated with them to erect systems and create programs that expand opportunity and build more equitable communities. Kafi is most proud of her efforts to support multi-ethnic coalitions advancing inclusive agendas for social, political, and economic prosperity. Over the last decade she has led fundraising efforts that resulted in millions of dollars for organizations serving the needs of Angelenos and organizing them to harness their own power to advance change. Kafi is a board member of Tides, the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands, and the James Irvine Foundation as well as an advisory board member of River LA, Pomona College’s Draper Center, Anti-Recidivism Coalition, and Project X. Kafi is also an appointee to the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. Kafi’s work has been recognized by organizations such as LAANE, the National Women’s Political Caucus LA Westside, National Council of Negro Women, and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. She holds a law degree from UCLA and a B.A. from Pomona College. She and her husband live in Southern California with their two children.
Brickson Diamond is CEO of Big Answers, LLC, which supports senior leaders in the development and implementation of diversity and inclusion strategies. Big Answers generates new partnerships and leverages impactful connections for clients in entertainment, technology and asset management. Diamond previously served for five years as COO of The Executive Leadership Council, the preeminent membership organization of Black board members, CEOs and senior executives within Fortune 1000/Global 500 corporations. He held various executive roles in the investment management industry over a 15-year career with The Capital Group Companies, principally in the firm’s private wealth division. Diamond is a founding board member and chair of The Blackhouse Foundation, which works to expand opportunities for Black multi-platform content creators by providing pathways into distribution and career opportunities within film, television, digital and emerging platforms. He is a trustee of Brown University (chairing its Communications, Alumni and External Affairs committee), the Middlesex School and Tides. Diamond is a 1993 graduate of Brown University and graduated from the Harvard Business School in 1999.
Sid Espinosa is a 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 is Co-Founder and CEO of Threadeo, a software company building productivity tools. 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 served 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.
Edward G. Lloyd
Ed Lloyd is the President of UNICEF USA Impact In Kind Assistance Corporation (IKAC) and Impact Investing in New York. Prior to this, he served from 2001 to 2018 as the U.S. Fund for UNICEF COO and CFO, where he supervised 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, Co-Chair
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, Secretary
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.
Tuti B. Scott, Interim CEO
Tuti B. Scott has stepped in as Interim CEO at Tides, until the anticipated arrival of the new CEO in early 2020. Tuti is a consultant for strategic philanthropy and a coach to high-achieving leaders. Known as the “Chief Inspiration Officer” of the women’s funding movement, Tuti has been a leader in social justice philanthropy, women’s rights, and women’s sports for more than three decades. An energizing author and speaker, “Coach Tuti” inspires people and organizations to up their leadership game to create and fund change. Through her company Changemaker Strategies, Tuti advises leadership teams on strategic planning, succession planning, fundraising, and leadership development, and has assisted many founders and leaders such as Geena Davis, Noreen Farrell, Serene Jones, Jane Sloane, and others in their work. Her clients have included Women Moving Millions, Root Capital, Third Wave Fund, Civil Liberties and Public Policy among others. Tuti has been a featured speaker and workshop producer for the Women’s Funding Network, the Jewish Women’s Funding Network, and several of the member funds of these networks. Tuti and her team at Changemaker Strategies are launching new programs and services around Equity and Inclusion, Values-Based Investing, Embodied Leadership, and Systems Change to further support women leaders in getting in the game of money, influence, and power. Tuti currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Tides and a founding Board member of the Women Win Foundation, and is proud to call herself an intersectional feminist and philanthropist.
Roslyn Dawson Thompson
Roslyn has supported Texas Women’s Foundation (formerly Dallas Women’s Foundation) since its inception, first as a volunteer and donor, and since 2011 as its president and CEO. One of the world’s largest women’s funds, the Foundation pursues a range of ambitious strategic initiatives advocating for and advancing social and economic change to Transform Texas for Women and Girls. With assets of $35 million, the Foundation raises approximately $8 million annually to support critical statewide research to inform policies and programs affecting Texas women and girls. Funds also sustain its $5 million in annual grants, mission-focused investments, and original programming. Roslyn is a passionate advocate for women’s leadership, women’s philanthropy, gender equity and women’s empowerment. She serves on the boards of several national and international organizations dedicated to helping women and girls lead, prosper economically, and live safe and healthy lives. She also has earned numerous honors for her work and leadership inspiring social change to foster equity for all women and girls.
Jacob Weldon is a change management and brand reputation strategist for corporate and nonprofit organizations focused on social justice and next-gen leadership. He previously served as Global Director of Corporate Affairs at Estée Lauder Companies Inc, joining in 2012 to modernize and strategically align philanthropic investments across the company’s 30+ brands and six global regions. His role soon expanded to include oversight of global thought leadership and stakeholder engagement for Executive Chairman William Lauder, and strategic initiatives in the company’s Sustainability, Regulatory Affairs, and Inclusion & Diversity functions. He is also the architect behind the company’s inaugural corporate identity as a family of brands, which launched in 2018 as The Global House of Prestige Beauty. Jacob conceived ELC’s NextGen Leadership Team and served as founding Chair of the company’s LGBTQ+ employee resource group. Before joining ELC, Jacob was Chief of Staff at Taproot Foundation, which connects nonprofit organizations and changemakers with pro bono expertise to solve urgent social challenges. Prior to Taproot, he held positions in Social Innovation and Corporate Responsibility at Weber Shandwick and Time Warner Inc. With a special passion for LGBTQ+ social justice, Jacob has served as a Fellow to the CEOs of GLAAD and The Trevor Project, and on the Advisory Board of The Tyler Clementi Foundation. He is a Point Scholar Alumni and graduate of Columbia University.
Jason Wingard, Co-Chair
Jason Wingard, Ph.D., currently serves as dean and professor of the School of Professional Studies at Columbia University. In this role, he is responsible for the academic research, programming, and operational strategy and performance of the school’s undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs and related centers and institutes. Prior to Columbia, Dr. Wingard served as the chief learning officer at Goldman Sachs, a multinational investment bank, where he led the strategy and implementation of thought leadership and management development solutions for the firm’s global workforce and clients. Previously, he served as vice dean of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, where he led Executive Education and oversaw one of the world’s largest providers of leadership development for corporate managers and executives. He also served as senior vice president of Regional Markets at ePals, Inc. and president & CEO of the ePals Foundation. ePals, Inc. is the world’s leading provider of school-safe collaborative learning products.
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 manages 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.
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Roslyn Dawson Thompson
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