The impact of our work is made possible by the shared commitment of our board, our staff, and our 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.
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 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 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 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 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, Treasurer
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.
Deepak Puri is the co-founder and President of DemLabs, a nonprofit that connects progressive causes and campaigns with innovation technology and storytelling solutions. Earlier he has held executive roles at LogMeIn.com, 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 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 Imagine Philanthropy, 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 Imagine Philanthropy 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
Dawson Thompson is president & CEO of Dallas Women’s Foundation, the largest regional women’s foundation of the 120 women’s funds worldwide. She is also the immediate past board chair of the Women’s Funding Network, which represents women’s foundations globally. In 2011, Dawson Thompson moved from her 25-year career owning a national marketing communications firm to leading Dallas Women’s Foundation, where she had been a volunteer leader and donor since its inception. Under her leadership, the foundation has seen remarkable growth and undertaken ambitious strategic initiatives to impact women’s economic security and women’s leadership through research, grants, advocacy, and gendered investment of assets. Dawson Thompson also serves on the executive committee of Prosperity Together, an initiative of 27 public women’s foundations that have committed $100 million to advance women’s economic security in the U.S. over the next five years. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum and the National Association of Corporate Directors.
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.
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.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
|THE TIDES CENTER
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
|Sid Espinosa, Chair
Roslyn Dawson Thompson
|Michael Fernandez, Chair