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Team Directory

Adam Michaelsson

Grants Specialist

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I partner with Legal, Client Services, and Finance to provide exceptional grantmaking services for our clients and grantees around the world.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

A native Swede, I moved to San Francisco to immerse myself in the philanthropic sector and learn how to best support organizations.

More about Adam:

Adam moved to San Francisco from Sweden in 2014. Before joining Tides, Adam graduated from Lund University with degrees in Political Science and Economics. He also did a 1-year study exchange at University of California at Santa Barbara. Adam received a scholarship to conduct field research for his thesis, and he spent 10 weeks in Guatemala collecting data on mobile phone payments. As a Grant Specialist at Tides, Adam ensures that the grantmaking stays compliant and collaborates with clients and grantees to further their mission. In his spare time, Adam enjoys traveling and playing soccer

Alexandra Rojas

Senior Advisor

 

What inspires you to work in social change?

Engaging with others – from 1-1 conversations on overcoming prejudice to back-end support that reaches millions to rise to a challenge.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

Translating my personal experience from illegal immigration to helping hundreds of undocumented through funding, empathy and education.

What’s your favorite quote or motto?

“When the roots are deep, there is no reason to fear the wind” – African Proverb

More about Alex:

Alex Rojas joined Tides in 2012. Alex has more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit administration, grants management, and curriculum development. Prior to joining Tides Alex was a director with the Twenty-First Century Foundation (21CF), a national public foundation focused on issues of relevance to the Black community. Alex is deeply committed to leadership development and capacity building. Alex also co-founded and served as director of Youth Unlimited, a New York City leadership program that sought to train and place low-income youth in positions of leadership in their communities.

Alexis Paza

Collaborative Space Manager

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I activate relationships in Tides’ ecosystem of changemakers through thoughtful use of and compelling programming within our physical spaces.

What inspires you to work in social change?

Grandchild of immigrants, daughter of same sex parents, and fierce believer that the design and use of spaces are deeply linked to equity.

More about Alexis:

Lexi has worked within the intersection of good design, the built environment, & the social fabric of communities for over last ten years, including roles at the Housing Industry Foundation, KaBOOM!, and Rebuilding Together. Originally from western Maryland, Lexi comes to San Francisco by way of the Midwest, where she earned an MA in Social Service Administration with a concentration in Community Planning, Organizing & Development from the University of Chicago. She also serves as co-director of New Leaders Council San Francisco, an organization dedicated to building the progressive bench.

Ali Atabaki

Senior Accountant

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How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I partner with key stakeholders to lead and manage Tides’ financial strategy, planning, analysis, and reporting activities.

What inspires you to work in social change?

Knowing that what I do will have a positive impact for humanity and the environment.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

I joined Toastmasters to defy my fear of public speaking.

What’s your favorite quote or motto?

Nothing in life is a problem – everything is a possibility.

Alice Wagner

Operations Manager, Tides Converge NY

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

In running Tides Converge New York, I work to optimize shared space, customer service and the nonprofit tenant network

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

I facilitated the Taskforce Against Racism, a group that ran events engaging 1,500 youth, 6 to 25 yrs old, representing 4 boroughs of NYC.

What’s your favorite quote or motto?

“Every moment wasted looking back, keeps us from moving forward.”

Andrea Aguilar

Strategic Partnerships Advisor

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I help organizations by providing strategic, effective, and thoughtful services to our fiscally sponsored projects.

What inspires you to work in social change?

Tides partners and projects, specifically the incredible impact they have on the community locally, nationally and world-wide.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

Travel solo throughout Europe.

Andrea Granda

Senior Advisor

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I build lasting relationships and trust with our partners through work that is rooted in empathy to help their ideas thrive into change.

What inspires you to work in social change?

The lived experiences that I and others in my community share, and the dedication to lifting those voices to power and healing.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

Moved across the country from New Jersey to California for an AmeriCorps opportunity to pursue my calling to public servitude.

Anissa LeCounte

Human Resources Mananger

What’s your favorite quote or motto?

“When you come for the King, you best not miss.” — Omar, “The Wire”

More about Anissa:

Anissa comes to Tides with over 20 years of professional human resource management experience, with the last 15 years in the non-profit arena. She has notable experience in strategic human resource planning, performance management, staffing, federal and state law compliance, union employment contract negotiations, employee benefits, compensation, payroll, training, and development.

Before coming to Tides, Anissa worked at Community Housing Partnership as a Human Resource Manager. Prior to that, she served many years in the role of “HR Department of One” at Clausen House, which provided her with the opportunity to work in all areas of HR, including recruiting, onboarding, training, employee relations, and payroll.

Anissa is a native San Franciscan but lives in Fairfield with three beautiful daughters. Outside of work, Anissa loves travel, horseback riding, and going to farmers markets to explore.

Ashley Bastinelli

Interim Director, Human Resources

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I help people and organizations thrive by providing innovative and human-centered HR solutions.

What inspires you to work in social change?

A belief that all people deserve access to a safe, healthy, just and meaningful life.

More about Ashley:

Ashley Bastinelli, SPHR, has 10+ years of progressive Human Resources experience in the for profit and non-profit sectors. Currently, Ashley is a Sr. HR Manager at Tides where she provides HR advisory services to social ventures nationwide. Ashley has a BA in Human & Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University and MA in Organizational Development from University of San Francisco. She is also a certified coach through the Coaches Training Institute.

Becca Shepherd

Learning & Evaluation Manager

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I provide reporting and consultative support to several donors and help initiate and develop new services for our partners.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

I’ve moved across the country four times.

More about Becca:

Becca Shepherd is the Finance Business Partner at Tides. Becca formerly worked with two startups based in Silicon Valley that advanced the local social entrepreneurship and impact investing space. Her background spans across for-profit and non-profit ventures, consulting, retail, and living in Washington, DC, Oregon, North Carolina, and California. She holds a BA in Economics from the University of Oregon and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

Belinda Ong

Director of Finance

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How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I strive for accurate and timely financial reporting, and maintain internal controls related to accounting procedures and policies.

What inspires you to work in social change?

Working for an organization that makes a difference so I can leave this world a better place for my kids, grandkids, and future generations.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

Took 3 months off and traveled solo around Australia

What’s your favorite quote or motto?

Life is too short – make a difference in this world

More about Belinda

Belinda Ong has extensive experience working as a Controller, Financial Manager, and Consultant in a variety of sectors, including senior health, affordable housing, hotel management groups, higher education, and private wealth management. Belinda has a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration (Finance) from California State University Hayward. She loves to travel, garden and spend time with her children and grandchildren.

Ben Malley

Senior Advisor

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I help organizations build political power in their communities to deliver policy wins that provide material benefits to people’s lives.

What inspires you to work in social change?

Witnessing genuine acts of solidarity and seeing disparate groups of people coming together to win positive changes for themselves never gets old.

More about Ben:

Ben Malley is a Senior Advisor for Tides. He is also Political Program Manager at Tides Advocacy, a 501(c)(4) affiliate of Tides. Ben has worked at Alliance for Justice, Tenants Together, as policy director to a San Francisco political campaign, and for an MP in Canadian Parliament. He is a graduate of University California, Hastings College of the Law.

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