Tides Board of Directors

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

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 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, Classy, Inc., Tides and the World Affairs Council's Global Philanthropy Forum. Suzanne is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Kriss Deiglmeier, CEO

Kriss has more than 20 years of senior executive experience that spans the business, social enterprise, nonprofit, academic, and philanthropic sectors. Recognized as a pioneer in the field of social innovation, Kriss has presented nationally and internationally on social innovation, social entrepreneurship, design thinking, and public-private partnerships. Kriss has guest-lectured at Stanford Graduate School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, Hitotsubashi University, Kyoto University, and Kyushu University. She has also written and published leading thought pieces on social impact; including

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.


Sid EspinosaChair

Steve Zuckerman
Jacob Weldon
Kafi Blumenfield
Brickson Diamond
Suzanne DiBianca


Michael Fernandez, Chair

Tuti Scott
Suzanne Nossel
Deepak Puri
Edward Lloyd
Peter Mellen