Kriss Deiglmeier

San Francisco, CA – Tides is proud to announce the appointment of Kriss Deiglmeier as its new CEO.

Kriss is recognized as a pioneer in the social innovation field and most recently was the founding Executive Director for the Center for Social Innovation (CSI) at Stanford University, Palo Alto. For the past ten years she established CSI as a global leader in the emerging social innovation field.  Kriss has more than 20 years of senior management experience that spans the social enterprise, business, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors.

“Tides has often been called the original social innovator of contemporary times so it is exciting to consider what Kriss Deiglmeier will add to make Tides stronger and better for the future.  Tides is a platform full of possibility that will grow with new leadership,” said Stephanie Clohesy, current Chair of Tides Network.

Clohesy continued, “As 2014 begins, Tides is ready for a bright future thanks to the insightful and steady leadership of our Interim CEO, Gary Schwartz, who guided Tides well over the past 10 months.”

For nearly 40 years, Tides has been a leader in the social sector and has continually sought and built new ways to create positive social change.  As a pioneer in fiscal sponsorship and through its leadership in philanthropic consulting and grant-making services, Tides has been at the forefront of some of the most groundbreaking work in the social sector.  Tides consistently finds new ways to help its donors, projects and partners make the impact they desire on important social issues.

Since its inception, Tides has managed project and grantmaking activities in excess of $2 billion. Tides currently maintains a grant portfolio with over 20% of its funding contributed internationally, supports the creation of key donor collaborations committed to modern ideals and causes, and continues to provide a one-stop shop for donors, activists, and organizations in the social justice movement.

“My vision for Tides is a reinvigorated and innovative platform that sees trends as they are being created, and in doing so, actively leads the progressive agenda for the 21st Century.  By working collaboratively with existing and new partners, opening up to emerging business models and strengthening its core assets, Tides will continue to lead in creating a more just, sustainable, and healthy environment where human rights are preserved,” said Kriss.

Kriss has presented nationally and internationally on social innovation, corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship and public-private partnerships, as well as guest-lectured at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, and various Japanese Universities.  She has co-authored a number of articles, with her most recent entitled Rediscovering Social Innovation.

Gary Schwartz stated, “It is with great excitement that we prepare for Kriss Deiglmeier’s arrival as Tides’ new CEO in February! Kriss brings a remarkable background from her many years in the social innovation field, and we are looking forward to welcoming her. It has been an honor to have stepped into the Interim CEO role for these last several months, and I look forward to returning to my role as Senior Vice President of Tides.”

Kriss Deiglmeier will officially start as Tides CEO on February 19, and Gary Schwartz will re-assume full duties as Senior Vice President and Senior Advisor to the CEO.



About Tides

Tides is a values-based, social change platform that leverages individual and institutional leadership and investment to positively impact local and global communities. Tides pursues multiple, related strategies to promote this mission. From green nonprofit centers to programmatic consulting, donor advised funds to fiscal sponsorship, grants management to risk management and more, Tides gives members of the nonprofit and philanthropic community freedom to focus on the change it wants to see. For more information on Tides visit