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Team Directory

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dominic Ryan

Operations Coordinator

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Najja Porter

Administrative Associate

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!”.

Tiffany Abuan

Advisor

Victoria Nichols

Associate Program Manager

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