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Meet Our Team

Tidesters are as bold as the challenges we take on. We are an interconnected and diverse team driven by impact.

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.

Bram Maier

Grants Specialist

Brenda Ortega

Human Resources Manager

Brianne Zamora

Grants Administrator

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I work cross-departmentally to ensure that outgoing grants are compliant and tailored to our client’s needs. In addition, I assist with the administrative functions to support the Grants team.

What inspires you to work in social change?

I believe that we are all interconnected. It is our moral compass and social responsibility to uplift those that are in need and to create an equitable world.

Bryan Truong

Accounting Specialist

Catherine Ennesser

Project Account II

Cathey Payne

Senior Payroll Manager

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I give projects accurate and reliable payrolls so they can make informed decisions about their organizations.

What inspires you to work in social change?

Working with advocates of social change brings causes closer to your own heart. It’s a constant remainder to stay involved.

Charnelle Etti

Advisor

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I support social ventures to seek the betterment of nature, relationships, institutions, or behaviors.

What inspires you to work in social change?

Facing the reality of pressing of social, environmental, and economic situations, I am inspired by resilient communities and individuals who are actively working towards finding solutions and better outcomes.

What’s your favorite quote or motto?

“One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.” – Maya Angelou

About Charnelle:

Charnelle Etti loves working at the intersection of capacity building and sustainability for social ventures. Her background is in international development and nonprofit consulting. At Tides, she leverages this by supporting a portfolio of international projects working in diverse areas such as HIV/AIDS, women and girls, and youth development. Through her work managing operations and leading organization planning with several international organizations, Charnelle continues to support clients at Tides to build stronger organizations and create positive social impact.

Cheryl Lewis

HR Manager, Talent & Administration

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I help our fiscally sponsored projects leverage HR technology to manage their workforce. I also champion all things related to diversity.

What inspires you to work in social change?

My father’s stories about growing up in Jackson, MS during the civil rights movement is what inspires me the most.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

I surfed on the beach in Ensenada, sharks and all!

Chloe Dodge

Grants Specialist

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I work cross departmentally to ensure that our grantmaking process is efficient, compliant, and suited to our clients’ needs.

What inspires you to work in social change?

My passions are rooted in an appreciation of natural environments; i want to be apart of investing in sustainable solutions and behaviors.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

I backpacked Patagonia with a tent from Walmart–you bet the poles snapped!

Chris Walker

Accounting Specialist

Cindy Xu

Accounting Specialist

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I process vendor payments and employee expense reimbursements. I also help our team meet our deadlines to avoid financial repercussions.

What inspires you to work in social change?

I enjoy working for a nonprofit organization. I am inspired by what Tides is doing, improving our world and our lives.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

I moved halfway across the world to move to San Francisco from China in order to start a family.

Clarissa Choy

Legal Counsel

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I support the legal, risk and compliance team working to assess and resolve risk and compliance issues.

What inspires you to work in social change?

I want to support work that pushes us towards a more just and prosperous world.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

I lived without health insurance for a year.

Clinton Simon

Senior Accountant, Social Ventures

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I provide finance knowledge to our fiscally sponsored projects.

What’s your favorite quote or motto?

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or walk around it.” —Michael Jordan

Dana Larkin

Lead Business Process Analyst

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I help create and streamline processes so that Tides and our partners can focus on the important work they do.

What inspires you to work in social change?

I work for social change to support the people who need it most.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

I did a sprint triathlon to raise money to help adult adoptees begin the search for their birth families.

David Schrayer

Director, Real Estate & Operations

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How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I help Tides and 85 Converge member organizations in San Francisco and New York thrive by taking the effort out of real estate.

What inspires you to work in social change?

If you’re not part of the solution…

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

Got married and raised three children.

What’s your favorite quote or motto?

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read. -G. Marx

Dennis Urtecho

Senior Accountant, Social Ventures

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

What first comes to mind is the ability to understand and support our projects, to facilitate and report all the costs, schedules, and resources, so our projects can focus on their mission and vision.

What inspires you to work in social change?

I’ve work with non-profits for many years, and I love to work in social change that seeks to provide innovations and effective services to make a difference in a community and culture.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

Rented sand buggy and ATVs to explore the incredible sand dunes at Pismo Beach, California.

What’s your favorite quote or motto?

“You’ll never be alone if you’ve got a book.” -Al Pacino

Dhaval Patel

Investment Manager

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I ensure Tides’, and by extension, its donors’, investments are always impactful.

What inspires you to work in social change?

I’m passionate about education, innovation, and opportunity. I want to continue evangelizing the idea of American ingenuity.

What’s your favorite quote or motto?

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” Mark Twain

Diana Hunter

Advisor

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I leverage Tides’ expertise to build successful multi-stakeholder partnerships to collectively tackle society’s toughest problems.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

Leaving the security of home to live in rural Haiti and gritty Glasgow and being open to what these experiences could teach me.

More about Diana:

I am a Colorado native, with a heart for the world. I gained my love for learning and travel from my mom, who is a retired teacher. She opened my eyes to the world beyond the small farming community where I grew up. As a student at the University of Denver, I read Joseph Stiglitz’s Globalization and It’s Discontents, which inspired me to find ways to have a positive impact in the world and to try to do better than we, as a society, have often done. I have spent my career building networks to address inequalities in US higher education and working alongside vulnerable communities in Haiti.

Dmitri Kononov

Senior Accountant

Dominic Ryan

Operations Coordinator

Donald Lee

Accounting Specialist

Ed Kung

Senior Accountant, Social Ventures

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

By monitoring grants projects receive advising on the efficient use of the grants.

What inspires you to work in social change?

To make a better quality of life for all people.

Edward Galvez

Communications Specialist

Edward Wang

Director of Corporate Philanthropy

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I provide advisory services to support institutional and individual philanthropists to scale the social impact they seek to make.

What inspires you to work in social change?

A stronger desire to see a just and prosperous world for ALL, a world where everyone’s voice counts.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

I walked with thousands in Oakland in the 2017 Women’s March.

Elaine K Nakamura

Senior Accountant, Social Ventures

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I provide Tides’ social ventures insight into their financials and provide guidance on budgeting and accounting practices.

What inspires you to work in social change?

My dad helped San Francisco gang youth in the 60’s and led advisory boards & political organizations. He’ll always be my hero.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

Many years ago, I sang in a local Asian American Idol competition. I only made it to the semi-finals, but conquered my stage fright!

Emily Machalow

Compliance Specialist

Eric Brown

Senior Legal Counsel

Eric joins the Tides LRC team with more than 10 years of legal experience, primarily as a litigator and advisor to advocacy organizations. Most recently, Eric was a partner at the public interest law firm Altshuler Berzon LLP in San Francisco, where he represented labor unions, civil rights groups, environmental organizations and other mission-driven clients.

Eric received his JD from Yale Law School and his BA from Yale College. After law school, he served as a law clerk to the Hon. Kermit V. Lipez of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and the Hon. Mark L. Wolf of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Eric has twice been honored as a California Lawyer of the Year by California Lawyer magazine and the Daily Journal. In 2016, Eric was recognized in the Employment Law category for his work representing a class of warehouse workers in groundbreaking class action litigation. In 2018, he was honored in the Immigration Law category for his work, along with a team of private- and public-sector attorneys, to obtain a preliminary injunction blocking the Trump Administration’s rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Eric is a member of the state bars of New York and California.

Eric Pham

Accounting Specialist

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

By processing and paying bills in a timely manner.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

Spontaneously getting a tattoo in Thailand.

What’s your favorite quote or motto?

Fall down seven times, stand up eight.

Erin Ceynar

Advisor

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How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I inspire others to drive the mission, grow future plans, make connections and create impact. I’m a bridge builder.

What inspires you to work in social change?

I feel a strong pull to build pathways toward community prosperity because all people hold the power to create and lead safe, prosperous lives.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

I was arrested protesting the Sioux logo as an undergraduate at the University of North Dakota.

What’s your favorite quote or motto?

Anything by Audre Lorde

More about Erin:

Erin has many years working in social change, including a 16-year tenure as a senior director at the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota. In that role, Erin was responsible for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of a $1 million+ major and corporate gifts program to sustain annual grantmaking and build the endowment. She also built content and conducted philanthropic workshops, proposals, briefings, and retreats on several topics including donor advised funds, mission development, planned giving, multi-generational giving, and more.

Erwin Acox

Senior Human Resources Manager, Diversity & Inclusion

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I partner with organizations to lead the process for fair and equitable treatment of all employees.

What’s your favorite quote or motto?

“For me, coffee and transcendental meditation go together like a horse and carriage.” – David Lynch

More about Erwin:

Erwin has a strong background in human resources, diversity and inclusion, program oversight, organizational development, and client relationship management. He has a track record of affecting positive change in complex workplaces.

Erwin is a United States Army veteran who served in Operation Desert Storm. He has taught courses and facilitated seminars on workplace diversity. Erwin received his BA in Psychology, MA in Training and Development, and MBA from Roosevelt University in Chicago. A lifelong Chicagoan, he now resides in the Bay Area with his wife and two daughters.”

Gayle Sheehan

Compliance Manager

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I help projects and their advisors develop their advocacy work in a compliant manner.

What inspires you to work in social change?

Knowing that my work supports others in making an impact.

Georgina Rubens

Advisor

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I amplify visibility and impact by integrating marketing efforts across the organization.

What inspires you to work in social change?

It just makes sense! I only see benefits arising from a more equitable and just world, so why wouldn’t I work towards that?

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

Participating in a Jailbreak event to raise money for St. Vincent de Paul

Gina Giordano

Administrative Associate

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I strive to make every process easier and more efficient for our clients.

Gordon Lam

Accounting Specialist

Harris Bostic II

Senior Advisor

 

What inspires you to work in social change?

I left a Wall St. firm and joined the Peace Corps as a microcredit advisor in West Africa—this sharp turn put me on the social change path.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

I was an initial organizer of the 1996 Olympic Games, which was a 5-year exercise in strategizing, risk-taking, negotiating and diplomacy.

More about Harris:

As part of the Tides community, Harris is working with donors and social ventures to respond to growing challenges and achieving multifaceted goals. Through his previous work with the Clinton Foundation, American Red Cross, Peace Corps, the Olympic Movement, Abyssinian Development Corp., as well as various nonprofit board affiliations, he has helped to build positive social impact in locales ranging from Atlanta to Zimbabwe and many points in between. Harris has an MPP in Public Policy from Georgia State University and a BA in Business from Morehouse College.

Hubert Zhu

Accounting Specialist

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How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I help the organization and partners get their bills payed on time. Hopefully.

What inspires you to work in social change?

I like to see people succeed with their goals.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

Went on a week long camping trip to help supervise/organize/support a kids overnight camp.

What’s your favorite quote or motto?

Scars on the back are a swordsman’s shame – Roronoa Zoro

Ilyse Iris Magy

Creative Manager

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How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I produce and hone Tides’ brand assets and stories, amplifying our voice and that of our partners across our network.

What inspires you to work in social change?

Honestly? I don’t see any other way.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

A few performance art stunts would qualify, which might include walking the entire circumference of San Francisco in a day, 34.5 miles in 13 hours.

More about Ilyse:

Ilyse works at the intersection of communications, community, and creative. Originally from Michigan but now rooted in the Bay Area, Ilyse holds a BFA in Sculpture and Writing from Washington University in St. Louis and an MFA in Social Practice from California College of the Arts. She loves to help people connect to the systems they are a part of: civic, social, material, environmental, and even biological. She believes that while not everything fun is sustainable, anything sustainable has to be fun.

Irene Lei

Senior Accountant, Social Ventures

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I help organizations grow sustainably by providing financial and budgeting services to our fiscally sponsored projects.

What inspires you to work in social change?

My parents & friends are immigrants. I want to help fix the services for non-English speaking people to get services that they need.

What’s your favorite quote or motto?

Be happy, life is too short, laugh when you can, apologize when you should, let go of what you can’t change.

Irini Neofotistos

Senior Advisor

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I provide Tides’ partners strategic support around adaptive leadership, capacity and infrastructure to help meet their social justice missions.

What inspires you to work in social change?

The knowledge that when communities work together and are equipped with training, tools and resources they generate powerful solutions.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

Running demonstration logistics and security trainings for actions across NYC as an member of the Student Liberation Action Movement (SLAM!)

More about Irini:

Irini Neofotistos is an experienced nonprofit and philanthropic leader with extensive practice in grants management, capacity building, program development and arts administration. She possesses a rare balance of high-quality program execution with a keen understanding of big-picture strategy and impact.

Jackie Valle

Chief of Staff, Tides Advocacy

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

Motivated by my commitment to the arts, social justice, board excellence, and culture, I use a people-centered approach to connect strategic priorities, teams, and leadership to the organization’s long-term goals, optimization, and growth.

What inspires you to work in social change?

Being of the first generation in my family to be born in the US and earn a college degree, my well-being is directly linked to social change.

What’s your favorite quote or motto?

“Do work that matters. Vale la pena.” Gloria E. Anzaldúa

More about Jackie:

Jackie is a fellow and graduate of the History and Theory of Contemporary Art MA program at the San Francisco Art Institute. Her creative and academic work examines how art at the intersections of smell/vision can develop critical understandings of (bio and necro)politics in visual culture. Before moving to the Bay Area and joining Tides Advocacy, Jackie worked in arts and education institutions on the U.S. East Coast with a focus on First Generation initiatives.

James Lee

Senior Accountant

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I create impact by providing the most accurate financial information to our partners.

Jamie Antonazzo

Executive Assistant

JenMarie Landig

Deputy Chief of Staff

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I help improve the effectiveness and productivity of the CEO and Board, and thus the organization as a whole.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

Uprooted 5 times, moving across the country and the world, to learn, work, and grow. I also jumped off a cliff in Brazil (hang gliding)!

More about JenMarie:

JenMarie is a nonprofit operations professional with over 15 years of experience and an entrepreneurial spirit. She thrives on cross-departmental collaboration and technological solutions.

JenMarie has experience living, working, studying, and traveling in over 35 countries, and is passionate about progressive social change — within the organization, in her community, and in the world.

Jennifer Henry

Facilities Coordinator, Tides Converge SF

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I ensure all the AV equipment is working to get out the message.

What inspires you to work in social change?

To be a role model for other folks like me.

What’s your favorite quote or motto?

“Not my circus, not my monkeys.”

Jenny Tran

Senior Payroll Administrator

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I strive to be as accurate and efficient as possible to minimize the need to remediate payroll errors for our fiscally sponsored projects.

What inspires you to work in social change?

I admire Tides’ efforts toward supporting organizations looking to do well for the world thereby providing me fulfillment.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

Zip-lining.

Jim Anderson

Senior Financial Analyst

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How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I develop and maintain financial planning, analysis, budgeting and reporting protocols to ensure fiscal health of Tides and our partners.

What inspires you to work in social change?

Mom and Dad preceded me in working for a difference: he was a civil rights activist and Peace Corps director, she a teacher and therapist.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

I took a mid-career break to spend five months trekking across Europe.

More about Jim:

I am a Berkeley native who grew up in San Jose, Micronesia, and Guam and was educated at Amherst College, the University of Michigan, and Stanford Business School. For many years a resident of Los Angeles, my career before Tides included work at Walt Disney Pictures, Sony Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Universal Music Group, and Napster. I’ve also had the particular pleasure of living briefly in both in New York City and Sonoma County where I worked in the music festival and wine businesses, respectively.

Joanna Li

Senior Accountant

Joel Bashevkin

Social Ventures Director

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How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I invest in our partners’ success to scale their impact through innovative approaches to building capacity and resources.

What inspires you to work in social change?

The passionate, driven social change leaders striving to make a difference, both incrementally and comprehensively.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

I took public transportation to the Great Wall in China, solo, without knowing any language ability, and without any internet.

What’s your favourite quote or motto?

Mahatma Gandhi: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

More about Joel:

Joel serves as Director of Social Ventures, leading the strong team that delivers sophisticated nonprofit acceleration and fiscal sponsorship services, strategic guidance, and knowledge sharing. Joel was previously at the Taproot Foundation where he was the Executive Director in the Bay Area and Founder of the Global Pro Bono Network. Joel brings over 30 years of expertise of leading and consulting nonprofits to sustainably scale their impact.

 

Johnnia Mack

Accounting Specialist

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I create impact by being the best me. That enables me to service my fellow Tidesters and the projects with a level of excellence that reflects professionalism and care.

What inspires you to work in social change?

My inspiration is knowing that people exist who are trying to make a change and make a better place for everyone regardless of race, gender, and sexuality.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

Probably ATV riding through the jungles of Mexico.

What’s your favorite quote or motto?

The Serenity Prayer.

More about Johnnia:

Johnnia comes to Tides with over 20 years of AR experience, with a background primarily in Consumer Products. She’s been very fortunate and able to work in a few different industries to gain knowledge of how each industry differs. She’s new to the nonprofit arena before but is eager to learn, as the field is a passion of hers. She has worked with multiple youth groups and engaged in fundraising with them over the years.

Johnnia enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with family. If that isn’t enough, she also plan travel for others!

Jonathan Mergy

Director of Information Technology

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I connect, solve, and lead with people, process, and technology to deliver meaningful innovation for Tides, our partners, and the world.

What inspires you to work in social change?

It’s in my blood! I feel a deep connection and responsibility to everything/everyone around me. I obsess on what I can do to make it better.

More about Jonathan:

Jonathan has lived the for-profit and nonprofit technology space for over 25 years starting with consulting with startups at the dawn of the dot.com era. His passion for effective and meaningful tech strategy, investments, and innovation for the greater good has led him into the medical devices, medical services, non-profit and private equity-backed education, then to Tides in 2015.

At Tides, Jonathan leads technology strategy and initiatives around fiscal sponsorship, foundation, nonprofit coworking, and real estate activities for the various Tides entities in San Francisco and New York.

Josh Clark

Research Fellow, Tides Advocacy

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I conduct research and analysis on the U.S. political landscape to inform strategic decisions across the Tides Network and partners.

What inspires you to work in social change?

What’s most important to me since having children is to leave their generation a more just and humane world than my generation inherited.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

I took my 12-week old daughter on a trans-Atlantic research trip — neither wise nor recommended.

More about Josh:

Josh is a transdisciplinary social-science researcher, writer, and editor. He comes to Tides with 12 years of experience in research and advocacy focused on racial justice, immigrant rights, and indigenous rights in the Americas. Josh earned his Ph.D. in socio-cultural anthropology from the University of California, Irvine, and also holds an M.A. in Latin American studies from the University of Texas at Austin, and a B.A. in political science from Butler University.

Josie Zocca

Senior Accountant, Social Ventures

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I provide financial services to social ventures as they focus on their mission and their programmatic work.

What inspires you to work in social change?

I love working with non-profits and seeing small organizations with great missions grow is one of the greatest satisfactions.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

I walked across the Brooklyn Bridge in the middle of winter with a light jacket. Never again!

What’s your favourite quote or motto?

“There is nothing permanent except change.” Heraclitus

More about Josie:

Josie’s work is at the intersection of finance and programs. Prior to joining Tides, she was the Supervisor of Assurance & Compliance Services at Cook & Company, CPA, a boutique audit firm specializing in non-profit audit and financial services. She also worked at the San Francisco Foundation where she led a Financial Leadership for Nonprofit Executives program for fellows and staff. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from San Francisco State University.

Joyce Tang

Senior Accountant, Social Ventures

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I provide our fiscally sponsored projects the financial information they need to create amazing social impact around the globe.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

I rang doorbells at people’s houses for a minimum wage campaign with my co-workers in Los Angeles.

What’s your favorite quote or motto?

Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated.

More about Joyce:

Joyce joined Tides in 1999 as an Accounting Assistant and was promoted in 2008 to manage the finances for separate entity clients. In 2013, Joyce accepted a new position within Tides as a project accountant. She is interested to support her clients with timely, accurate, and clean financials. Joyce holds a B.A. in Accounting and Finance from San Francisco State University.

Judith Hill

Chief Financial Officer

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I collaborate with corporations, foundations & individuals to resolve financing needs and invest in impact to further social equity.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

At 27, I packed up the house, two kids and the dog and moved to Colorado Springs from Oklahoma City. Although we had little money and no job, it was absolutely the right move.

More about Judith:

Judith Hill has been a Senior Financial and Administrative Executive in non-profit and/or educational institutions for over 20 years. She has served in the Chief Financial role at the San Francisco Art Institute, Heald College, Sequoia Institute and CTB, a division of McGraw-Hill. Judith began her career in public accounting with Touche Ross, has an MBA with MIS emphasis from Regis College and is a Colorado licensed CPA. She is a member of the California Society of CPAs, has served on the Board of Enterprise for High School Students and the ACCSC Finance Review Committee.

Kate Teran

Operations Associate

What inspires you to work in social change?

Everyone has an impact on the world, I want my impact to be a positive one.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

In college, I joined a Division 1 men’s crew team despite not knowing anything about rowing.

What’s your favorite quote or motto?

“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t — you’re right.” -Henry Ford

More about Kate

Kate Teran has a BA in International Relations with concentrations in Latin America and Foreign Policy from Boston University. As a recent graduate, she has worked with various institutions researching the cultural effects of climate change, women’s rights, and electoral trends throughout Latin America. In her free time she enjoys hiking, biking, baking, and bubbles.

Katherine Jackson

Senior Accountant

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I help organizations receive accurate data and reports to inform decision making for maximum impact.

What inspires you to work in social change?

I refuse to accept the status quo.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

I learned to drive a stick shift in Costa Rica.

Kathy Bolts

Senior Advisor

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I coach Tides’ partners on a myriad of topics including fundraising, governance and organizational development.

What inspires you to work in social change?

My lifelong passion is to advocate for marginalized communities, strengthen nonprofit leadership and connect donors with activists.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

I volunteered as an election monitor/observer for an NGO in El Salvador

More about Kathy:

Kathy has a 20 year track record in nonprofit administration, international development and community organizing. Since joining Tides in 2007 she has supported numerous fiscally sponsored projects in capacity building and organizational sustainability to accelerate impact in their own communities. Kathleen holds a Bachelor degree in Sociology and Spanish from the University of California at Davis and an MA in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University. She also currently serves as the Board Chair of the Mission YMCA SF.

Kathy Yang

Accounting Specialist

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

Giving and helping more than what is expected

What inspires you to work in social change?

Experience the happiness in making everyone happy and help more people.

 

 

Katlynn Alm

Grants Specialist

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I work with members of my team and cross departmentally to ensure that our grant making process is accessible, compliant, and suited to our clients’ needs.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin, West Africa. I spend 2.5 years in a rural community working on HIV/AIDS prevention, WASH, and bio-hazardous waste disposal. Fun fact: I had never left the country before leaving for Benin!

What’s your favorite quote or motto?

“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” —Lilla Watson

Kelly Pang

Senior Accountant

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I help organize the financial statements and oversee AR & AP to ensure that our month-end closing is efficient and accurate.

What inspires you to work in social change?

My family inspires me the most. I come from an immigrant family and I want my kids to have a better future and more opportunities than me.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

I walked the Great Wall of China while I was traveling through Asia.

Kelly Towry

Operations Assistant, Tides Converge NY

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I provide support and assistance in a variety of ways to Tides’ NYC office, its tenants and guests, and several fiscally sponsored projects.

What inspires you to work in social change?

Growing up a gay liberal in a small town, I empathize with those considered “less than,” and I want to make the world better for us “misfits.”

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

I moved from a small Southern town to New York City.

 

Kimberly Middleton

Advisor

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I collaborate with a variety of social justice changemakers as a strategic thought partner providing innovative solutions to scale impact.

What inspires you to work in social change?

My mother who suffered under an unjust healthcare system and my daughter so that she is able to realize her full potential.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

Choose to become a mother!

 

More about Kimberly:

Kimberly manages a diverse client portfolio that includes private foundations, donor advised funds, and fiscally sponsored social ventures. In her role as an advisor, Kimberly collaborates with innovative partners and provides comprehensive solutions related to domestic and international grantmaking, capacity building, operations, and events. Her interests are in the areas of advancing equity for women and girls, human rights, and indigenous communities. Prior to Tides, Kimberly served as program officer in the International Women’s Program at Open Society Foundation.

Kriss E Deiglmeier

Advisor to Interim CEO

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

Working to expand the “we” for a world of shared prosperity and social justice.

What inspires you to work in social change?

From the USA to Iran to Myanmar, people are generous, kind and building a better world. We can unleash their power and potential.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

My kids would say moving the family to Myanmar, but I would say let’s have a conversation over coffee for the real answer.

What’s your favorite quote or motto?

No one is as smart as everyone.

More about Kriss:

Kriss is the Chief Executive Officer of Tides. Under Kriss’ leadership, Tides grant making grew over 100% in three years to over $200 million in 110 countries.

Kriss has more than 20 years of senior executive experience that spans the business, social enterprise, nonprofit, academic, and philanthropic sectors. She excels in traversing diverse worlds and finding common ground on which to collaborate and bring about change. 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 the 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 “Rediscovering Social Innovation” published in Stanford Social Innovation Review as well as a chapter in The Real Problem Solvers (Stanford University Press 2012).

Before joining Tides, Kriss was the founding Executive Director for the Center for Social Innovation (CSI) at Stanford University. She established CSI, which quickly gained a global reputation as a pre-eminent leader in the emerging social innovation field. While at Stanford, she taught a course on social innovation through corporate social responsibility and served as an advisor to the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies while living in Myanmar.

Prior to Stanford, Kriss was the Chief Operating Officer for Juma Ventures, one of the early innovators in social enterprise business.

Kriss has served on a number of boards and advisory groups. She received her BA from the University of Washington and her MBA from UC Berkeley. She resides in the Bay Area with her husband, two children and dog, Lucy. Kriss has visited over forty countries and has many more on her “wish to visit” list.

Kurt Rummel

Senior Accountant, Social Ventures

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I help provide guidance and finance support to our fiscally sponsored projects.

What inspires you to work in social change?

Our global human suffering is interconnected, and from my perspective, many external issues are rooted in psychological and spiritual obscurations. My intention is to reduce harm and suffering within myself and to be of benefit to the planet and others.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

I traveled to Quebec City to protest the FTAA (Free Trade Area of the Americas). I was questioned and almost turned away at the border.

What’s your favorite quote or motto?

“However much fighting there is in the world, however much darkness there is, we must be willing to serve as small lamps in that darkness.” — H.H. 17 Karmapa

More about Kurt:

Kurt has over 10 years experience in non-profit and small business accounting and financial management. He is passionate about sustainable development and has had the pleasure serving organizations that focus on human rights and social change. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking and hiking in the Hudson Valley.

Leena Barakat

Director of Strategic Partnerships

[email protected]

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I bring together an incredible ecosystem of donors, changemakers, and institutions all committed to accelerating the pace of social change

What inspires you to work in social change?

It’s in my DNA. As a Palestinian-Muslim-American woman, I don’t take equality, human rights or any form of social justice for granted.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

I co-lead a national CSR campaign for universities to divest their assets from companies profiting from war crimes and human rights violations.

Lei Stewart

Accounting Supervisor, AP/AR

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I help in meeting deadlines for payments, month-end close and streamlining processes in AP & AR.

What inspires you to work in social change?

Equal Rights for All.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

Zip-lining 🙂

More about Lei:

Born and raised in the Bay Area (Oakand) now I reside in Vallejo. I love to work on interior designing in my home, friends and family. As a matter of fact I had planned on going to college for interior design, but had another calling. I should have stuck to my first passion designing because I could’ve been one of HGTV top designers…LOL!

Linda Barney

Senior Accountant, Social Ventures

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How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

At Tides, I support the work of our Social Ventures by delivering specialized financial services and expertise.

What inspires you to work in social change?

I work to in social change to be part of the solution and use my resources to bolster the community in some way.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

Very recently, I visited Scandinavia. While there, I drove a snow mobile through the Lyngen Alps. It was exhilarating to say the least!

What’s your favorite quote or motto?

“Be Excellent to Each Other” – Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure

Lisa Ellis

Director of Public Relations and Communications

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I’m working to expand the reach and amplify the voice of Tides as a powerful partner and accelerator in social transformation.

What inspires you to work in social change?

I am inspired by the strength and resiliency of the human spirit.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

My time at a Syrian refugee camp, a Nepalese village facing cholera and Swaziland’s AIDs centers paled compared to lifesaving work I saw.

More about Lisa:

Before joining Tides, Lisa was director of global communications for the International Medical Corps, a humanitarian first responder; program director, trainer and fundraiser for the International Center for Journalists in Washington, DC; director of communications for Colorado College; executive director of international programs for The Freedom Forum, a foundation dedicated to First Amendment issues; press officer at the American Embassy in Moscow; international exchange specialist for the US Department of State; and served in other communications roles in dozens of countries worldwide.

Luis Diaz-Albertini

Senior Advisor

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I collaborate with donors and organizations to advance social justice and human rights by building power.

What inspires you to work in social change?

Activists committed to collective action towards greater equity, self-determination, and the fulfillment of human rights.

More about Luis:

Luis has worked with the Rockefeller Foundation, American Jewish World Service (AJWS), Transparency International, and Hispanics in Philanthropy. Most recently, he was part of the strategy team at the Rockefeller Foundation, where he supported the Foundation in developing new programmatic initiatives. Previously, Luis served as a Program Officer at AJWS, managing the organization’s sexual health and rights grantmaking program in Central America and the Caribbean. He is a graduate from Vassar College and New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service.

Ly Nguyen

Advisor

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How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I help our social ventures maintain strong operations so that they can focus on accelerating their impact.

What inspires you to work in social change?

The drive to create equality and access to opportunity for all individuals and communities.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

Running three NYC marathons within a span of four years!

More about Ly:

Prior to joining Tides, Ly was a Client Services Manager at Community Initiatives where she partnered with fiscally sponsored projects to coordinate services and support their operational success. Ly’s experience also includes serving as a Program Officer at NEO Philanthropy where she managed the day-to-day operations of the Communities for Public Education Reform donor collaborative and supported NEO Philanthropy’s fiscally sponsored projects with their finance-related needs. Ly graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Sociology and Asian American studies.

Maria Gallardo

Benefits Manager

Mark Miyake

Technical Services Manager

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

Supporting our staff who in turn support our impactful clients.

 

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

Quit my job to help start and manage the Super 7 lifestyle store in San Francisco back in 2004.

What’s your favorite quote or motto?

You’re gonna find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view. —Obi-Wan Kenobi

Mary Alice Laznibat

Purchase Card Administrator

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

My impact is indirect but valuable. I work with cardholders, who work to make the world better. I help them with questions and problems.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

I have become more empathetic. Working with people from all walks of life. Opening myself to the possibilities in life.

What’s your favorite quote or motto?

Treat people as if they are what they ought to be, and you help them become what they are capable of becoming. – Goethe

Maureen Middleton

Human Resources Manager

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I work with our partners to handle their HR needs so they can be freed up to do the core work of their missions.

What inspires you to work in social change?

The opportunity to do my part to create a more just and equitable world.

What’s your favorite quote or motto?

Be the change you want to see in the world.

More about Maureen:

Maureen is a Bay Area native who has worked in HR for the last 15 years. Her career spans private and non-profit sectors. Maureen’s expertise is in building relationships with staff at all levels of the organization. Prior to HR, Maureen was an elementary school teacher for SFUSD. In her free time, Maureen enjoys gardening, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.

Michael Chasnow

Senior Advisor

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I work closely with organizations and donors to enable them to achieve their intended impact.

What inspires you to work in social change?

It may sound cheesy, but I genuinely want my work to contribute to making the world a better place.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

Taking a motorcycle trip through Vietnam not ever having learned to ride before.

More about Michael:

Michael loves working on initiatives that channel capital and resources to socially & environmentally accretive projects. Some of Michael’s experiences include conducting communications and partnership initiatives for the Centre for Microfinance, and leading operations and partnerships for the 1:1 Fund, a crowdfunding platform focused on matching low-income students saving for college. Michael holds an AB in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis, and graduated with dual master’s degrees in business and urban planning at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Michael Oliver Mosby

Business Process Redesign Director

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I create impact by innovative ideation, collaborative solutioning, continuous process improvement, and vision casting.

What inspires you to work in social change?

I grew up with friends that are mostly dead or in jail as a result of a system that devalues black lives.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

I “adopted” five under-served families during the Christmas holiday.

Miguel Ramirez

Temporary Strategic Partnerships Coordinator

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I operate efficiently by receiving, summarizing, characterizing, and transferring specific, and relevant information related to the Strategic Partnerships’ area of focus. I support and advance the Strategic Partnership Director’s vision, mission, and approach.

What inspires you to work in social change?

I enjoy making a difference for those who are in need of support. One life to live, I feel like this is most useful way of spending the time I’ve been given on this Earth.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

X

What’s your favorite quote or motto?

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” —Albert Einstein.

Mindy Rupley

HR Volunteer Manager

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I collaborate with and support our social venture partners by providing innovative and human-centered HR and volunteer engagement solutions.

Myint Zar

Controller

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I help our fiscally sponsored projects and funds with their financial planning and budgeting to ensure they are self-sustainable.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

I volunteered in psychiatric ward at Laguna Honda Hospital while I was in high school.

More about Myint:

Myint has a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Accounting from San Francisco State University, and is a California licensed CPA. Myint was a member of Accounting Students Organization while attending at SFSU and volunteered in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program preparing tax returns for low-income individuals. Myint speaks fluent Burmese and lives in San Francisco.

Najja Porter

Administrative Associate

Nick Schoen

Business Process Analyst

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I work internally to streamline our processes to help Tides and our projects foster social change.

What inspires you to work in social change?

I want to wake up every morning knowing that what I do is having an impact on the world around me.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

I organized a community event for residents of Manhattan’s Lower East Side to raise awareness of local healthcare options and plans.

Ona Winet

Advisor

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I support funder collectives in taking smart risks to accelerate change.

What inspires you to work in social change?

Regular folks taking action, walking to work in Montgomery every day of 1956; coming out for climate change marches in Central Florida today.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

Growing up in a rural, conservative area, writing progressive news articles & editorials, and leading protests against censorship of our school paper.

Oswaldo Arce

Administrative Associate

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How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I continuously improve our operations by streamlining processes so we can better serve our clients.

What inspires you to work in social change?

I grew up watching my grandma devote her life to indigenous tribes in Mexico without ever being paid for it.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

Moved away from home for college with no college savings and knowing my parents couldn’t help me. It was a struggle but I graduated!

What’s your favorite quote or motto?

Anyone can point out injustice, but who is willing to do something about it?

Paola Cubías

Advisor

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I collaborate with social justice leaders to make informed, strategic management decisions in service of their social venture project.

What inspires you to work in social change?

I want to be part of a world that’s just and equitable.

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I hiked Half Dome in Yosemite without enough water and survived to tell the tale.

What’s your favorite quote or motto?

“Those closest to the problem are closest to the solution…”

Peter Martin

Director of Philanthropy

About Peter:

Peter Martin is an entrepreneurial philanthropy and nonprofit leader with a successful track record in strategic planning, fund development, client service, and team leadership. As Tides’ new director of philanthropy, Peter helps Tides stay focused on exemplary client service and foster greater strategic engagement with clients to maximize their real-world impact through philanthropy, advocacy, and impact investing.

Before joining Tides, Peter was a strategic philanthropic advisor to individuals and family foundations. In that role he helped establish new charitable entities and advised clients on their philanthropic plans, programmatic priorities, and grantmaking portfolios. He’s adept at working across a range of issues for clients, but is particularly driven by climate solutions, environmental justice, immigrant rights, and civic engagement. Previously, he served 15 years at the Sierra Club. In his role as executive director of the Sierra Club Foundation, he oversaw a $55+ million annual revenue and grants budget, advised donors on their philanthropic goals, led on impact investing, and partnered with board and staff leaders to plan and launch a multi-year Climate Recovery Partnership capital campaign.

Peter also has extensive nonprofit board experience. Most notably, he helped re-shape the board while serving as executive director of the Sierra Club Foundation and currently sits on the board of directors of Children for Change, a local nonprofit in Marin County committed to creating a new generation of global citizens, empowered with knowledge and empathy to create positive change in the world. His deep personal commitment to mobilizing philanthropy and investments to solve humanity’s biggest challenges makes him a natural fit with Tides.

Rebecca Newton

Technology Projects Manager

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I help support the work at Tides through the implementation and design of efficient systems.

What inspires you to work in social change?

My children inspire me as I want them to live in a world where people of all backgrounds can thrive.

What’s your favorite quote or motto?

“Leave things a little nicer than how you found them.” – My dad

Richard Eijima

Senior Accountant, Social Ventures

What inspires you to work in social change?

Fulfill the legacy of my immigrant grandparents and parents in building a just society and providing care and support of the elderly.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

Chaining myself to the door of the University President demanding the creation of an ethnic studies department.

More about Rich:

Raised in a 3 generational household, watching my parents struggle to provide care and support for my monolingual immigrant grandparents drove me towards a career of community and public service. I participated in the movement to create community-based organizations in the seventies, filling gaps in the service delivery system which did not serve monolingual, communities of color. I’ve been employed for more than 40 years in the non-profit and public sectors in the areas of direct services, administration, grants management, capital and fund development, and finance.

Romy Justilien

Director

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I support organizations and donors who want to build political power for an equitable democracy.

What inspires you to work in social change?

My Caribbean roots and resilient family encouraged me to pursue social justice through policy reform.

More about Romy

Romilda (Romy) Justilien is a director at Tides, accelerating the pacer of social change. She also serves as Deputy Director for Tides Advocacy, a 501(c)(4) affiliate of Tides, overseeing operational and strategic work. Romy was previously a social impact consultant at FSG advising foundations, corporations, and nonprofits on philanthropic strategy, collective impact efforts, and social responsibility models. Romy obtained her Master of Public Policy from the University of Minnesota and Bachelors in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences from the University of Florida. She is originally from Miami and resides in Oakland.

Rosalyn Ram

Applications Support Specialist

[email protected]

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I support diverse technical systems our staff and partners use to help accelerate social change and create lasting impact.

What inspires you to work in social change?

My passion for public service and purpose.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

Horseback riding through the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Roxana Shirkhoda

Director, Special Initiatives

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I enable social change by facilitating multi-stakeholder collaboration that results in a positive sum approach to impact.

What inspires you to work in social change?

A constant dissatisfaction for the status quo that has marginalized and disenfranchised women and POCs for too long.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

I moved to Kenya, learned how to sing in Swahili and worked alongside a group of refugee women in Nairobi.

More about Roxana:

Most recently, Roxana was Director of Advisory Services at NPX – a fintech startup working with investors to fund nonprofits for social and financial returns. At Google Roxana managed a multi-million dollar annual portfolio of global computer science nonprofits, providing 200+ organizations technical assistance and grants. She then served as Interim CEO at Full Circle Fund where she supported 175+ Bay Area members to advise nonprofits in areas such as finance, marketing and strategy development. Roxana holds an MA from Stanford University and BA from University of Michigan.

Sakada Kann

IT Support Specialist

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

Being able to support the staff with any issues and ensuring that lines of communication are crossed in all departments.

What inspires you to work in social change?

X

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

X

What’s your favorite quote or motto?

“First, think. Second, dream. Third, believe. And finally, Dare.”

More about Sakada:

Sakada is a friendly, helpful, and supportive member of the IT Team who loves finding solutions to complex problems, and she takes delight at the results. She is always excited to learn new things, help others, and make systems and process faster and more efficient.

Sarah Lee

Communications Manager

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I find creative ways to tell Tides’ story and lift up the work of our partners and team members, both internally and externally.

What inspires you to work in social change?

I’ve always felt incredibly connected to and impacted by others around me, whether or not I know them personally. I see it as my responsibility to help create a better world, whether it’s through a small gesture of kindness of pushing for broad, systemic change.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

In May 2019, I took the polar plunge in the Arctic Ocean just outside of Svalbard as an impassive walrus watched me from a chunk of glacier ice (from a respectful distance). Yes, I screamed.

What’s your favorite quote or motto?

Expecto patronum. —J.K. Rowling

More about Sarah:

Sarah brings a rich and diverse background to her work at Tides. At the beginning of her career, Sarah earned a MS in Marriage & Family Therapy from Northwestern University and spent several years at a non-profit psychotherapy practice in Oakland. Since then, Sarah entered the world of content and communications, gaining experience as an editor at (7×7 Magazine), experiential marketer (Grow Marketing), freelance content creator, and internal communications manager (Athleta – Gap Inc.). In her free time, Sarah volunteers as President, Events of the ArtPoint Board of Directors (Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco).

Sarah is thrilled to join the team at Tides and combine her experience in communications with her passions for social good and organizational culture.

Sean Stutzman

Accounting Specialist

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I help get grant money out the door as quick as possible to grantees all over the world.

What inspires you to work in social change?

I like knowing that what I’m doing is helping someone in need.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

I served in the Marine Corps and spent seven months in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

 

Shauné Zunzanyika

Senior Advisor

What inspires you to work in social change?

For those marginalized in society, social change is urgent. Hope can’t wait. I want to help creatively solve those tough issues with others.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

Fully accepting that I am an introvert living in an extroverted world, and taking the time to adjust accordingly.

More about Shauné:

Shauné has a 15-year track-record in program outreach and development for the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining Tides, Shauné served as the Director of Programs with the Women’s Funding Network (WFN), an association of over 160 women’s funds and foundations on six continents. Shauné began her career in community service and development overseas in Lusaka, Zambia, where she served as an IFESH Fellow. She holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree in International Development from the University of California at Davis.

Sokha Khun

Human Resources Administrator

Sonya Watson

Advisor

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I invest time and energy not in what is, but what can be. By engaging with people in open, mutually-beneficial ways.

What inspires you to work in social change?

Social change gives me the opportunity to positively affect people’s lives and support communities and the fulfillment of our client’s impact goals.

More about Sonya:

Sonya has dedicated 18 years of service to fiscally sponsored grassroots organizations and donor advised funds. She specializes in domestic and international community development and services. Building on her deep commitment and many years of experience working in youth development, women’s empowerment, and community economic development, her goals are to rapidly discover where the gaps are in her community, work closely with various key stakeholders, and create long-term actionable goals (with follow up!). Her philosophy is “questions answered, answers questions!”.

Suneela Jain

General Counsel

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I support the work of our teams by providing practical, mission-focused, responsive advice and direction regarding legal matters.

What inspires you to work in social change?

I believe every human being should be and feel fundamentally valued and respected.

More about Suneela:

As Tides General Counsel, Suneela keeps Tides in legal compliance and manages organizational risk so our donors and doers can focus on making meaningful progressive social change. Prior to joining Tides, Suneela worked as an attorney for Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton and Gunderson Dettmer, and as a pro bono attorney at The Nature Conservancy. She joined Tides with breadth and depth of experience advising individuals, non-profits, small business owners, venture funds, government officials, and public and private companies, in formal and pro bono capacities, about issues ranging from corporate governance to joint venture partnerships. At Cleary, she also chaired the Microenterprise Project at Volunteers of Legal Services and served as a member of the Pro Bono, Diversity & Inclusion, and Mentoring Committees.

Suneela received her JD from Yale University, and her BA from UCLA, where she studied political science and international relations. While at Yale, Suneela’s activities included providing support to small island nations at the 2009 Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, working at a civil society organization in Argentina, acting as Student Director of the Orville H. Schell Center for the Study of International Human Rights, and of the Community Development and Financial Institutions Clinic, and advocating for refugees as a member of the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project. While at UCLA, she studied in Ghana and worked at the Center for Democracy and Development. Suneela is a member of the bars of New York and California.

Tara Holmes

Interim Senior Communications Manager

Tiffany Abuan

Advisor

Tina Quach

Records Coordinator

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I manage and organize Tides’ hard copy records to ensure documents can be found easily when needed.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

Moved to a new country halfway across the world where I knew no one and didn’t speak the language.

What’s your favorite quote or motto?

Respect all, fear none.

Tina Sha

Senior Accountant

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

My positive attitude and enthusiasm to learn and do extra work make a difference in establishing a solid impact and offering a creative solution. How much people respect you determines how well you perform.

What inspires you to work in social change?

I’d like to find a cause of disparity between older people and younger people as well as men and women. So I could bridge gaps and move on to a more equitable and happier future.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

I never had wanted to speak in the public because I was introvert and still am. I usually like being alone and anti-social, but one time in college, I won a women’s rights debate. It was interesting, but stressful at the same time. I had to speak in front of hundreds of people I barely knew. That is why I consider this one of my most daring things I’ve ever done in my life.

What’s your favorite quote or motto?

You can’t please everyone. The best thing you can do is just to believe in yourself and do what you think is right for you.

More about Tina:

Tina comes to Tides as a Senior Accountant from Sequoia Living in San Francisco, where she has been since 2015. Tina has experience both in grant accounting as well as in non-profit accounting, including reconciliations, analyzing financials, fixed assets, and accounts payable. Tina’s major is in Management Accounting from the London Chamber of Commerce. Tina has extensive non-profit experience with Sequoia Living, On Lok, and Institute on Aging, and for-profit experience with Landmark Education.

Victoria Nichols

Associate Program Manager

Vivie Nguyen

Community Spaces Specialist

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How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I streamline processes to maximize impact and scalability for Tides and our Partners, specifically for the Google Community Space.

What inspires you to work in social change?

Injustice everyday.

What is the most daring thing you’ve done?

Riding a motorbike through the crowded streets of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam.

Yalun Xi

Accounting Manager

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

Improve the effectiveness and efficiency of accounting department processes, while ensuring all general ledger accounts are reconciled accurately for financial reporting purposes.

What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?

Drove across the United States twice from San Francisco to New York and back in the same car.

What inspires you to work in social change?

Life is not fair and do the best we can to make it a better world for everyone.

What is your favorite quote or motto?

Don’t talk about it. Be about it.

More about Yalun:

Yalun has extensive experience working both in non-profit and for-profit in a variety of sectors, which include senior health, grant funding, event planning and teaching. Yalun has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Accounting and Computer Information Systems) and is a CPA. She loves to travel learning about different cultures and she’s into music, art, dance and interior design.

Zoe Braunstein

Grants Specialist

How do you create impact in your role at Tides?

I work cross-departmentally to facilitate outgoing grants and provide grantmaking services for our partners and their grantees.

What inspires you to work in social change?

I am appalled by the effect that social disparities have on life outcomes, and am inspired to work towards a more equitable future for all.

What’s your favorite quote or motto?

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind. -Dr. Seuss

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