Romilda (Romy) Avila is CEO of Tides Advocacy, working to strengthen political infrastructure and investments to support power building and policy reform led by and benefitting those most impacted by injustice.
Romy was previously a social impact consultant at FSG, where she advised on grantmaking strategies advancing social justice and equity with Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, General Mills Foundation, Houston Endowment, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, and the Alliance for Strong Families and Children. Romy also served as a consultant and researcher with BCT Partners to address racial disparities and gender inequities through strategic planning, organizational development, policy, and systems change in the social sector. She provided capacity building support and technical assistance in partnership with Annie E. Casey Foundation and Northwest Area Foundation.
Romy obtained her Master of Public Policy from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and Bachelors in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences from the University of Florida. She is originally from Little Haiti, Miami, Florida.
Sihle Dinani is the Chief Financial Officer at Tides Advocacy. With over 20 years of finance and operations experience, Sihle is passionate about supporting highly functioning nonprofit infrastructure.
Most recently, Sihle worked with Movement Strategy Center, a funder intermediary and fiscal sponsor incubating social justice organizations nationwide. Sihle also currently serves as Board Treasurer for Urban Tilth and as Board Secretary for the Movement Strategy Center. A mother, consummate volunteer and novice gardener, Sihle is dedicated to efficiency and accountability within social justice organizations.
A California native, Sihle holds a degree in Economics and Accounting from Claremont McKenna College.
Renita Francois is the Chief Strategy Officer at Tides Advocacy. Prior to joining Tides Advocacy, Renita built and led one of New York City's signature community safety initiatives as the Executive Director of the Mayor’s Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety (MAP), a citywide, multi-agency intervention focused on reducing violence by resourcing residents, City agencies and community-based organizations to address the factors underlying safety. For 7 years, she was tasked with developing innovative strategies to mobilize residents in historically underserved neighborhoods to build community power, while directing the City's resources to increase well-being, create access to opportunity, and combat inequity. She is known as one of the key architects of NeighborhoodStat, a place-based process that brings stakeholders in impacted communities together with City leadership to identify shared priorities and implement non-law enforcement centered public safety strategies. As a result of this work, Renita became a founding leader of New York City’s Office of Neighborhood Safety.
Her leadership approach is a reflection of her experience serving as a resource coordinator working in juvenile justice at Brooklyn Family Court, and as a frontline staff member for public housing programs in both Los Angeles and Compton, California, working directly with Black and Brown communities facing multilayered systemic challenges.
Renita holds a BA in American Studies from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Cornell University, where she was a Roy H. Park Leadership Fellow. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and is originally from South Central Los Angeles.
Jessica Mofield is Tides Advocacy's inaugural Chief Advancement Officer. Before this role, she served as the Executive Director for the NYC Mayor’s Office to Prevent Gun Violence (OPGV) and a founding leader of the NYC Office of Neighborhood Safety, where she led the vision, growth, and strategy of New York City’s $150M gun violence initiatives to transform and scale government’s approach to public safety, community investment, and social justice. This was accomplished through aligning the city’s public safety initiatives to address the individual, familial, and community-based needs of historically disinvested and marginalized black and brown communities.
With over 10 years of management experience, she has held previous posts as the Deputy Executive Director of OPGV and the Deputy Director of the Community Engagement Unit at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice. Jessica holds a license as a mental health clinician and has provided culturally informed therapeutic support to over 200 justice-involved men and women. Jessica is currently a Senior Racial Equity Fellow with the Atlantic Institute, where she is a part of a global community that is dedicated to accelerating the eradication of oppression, inequity, and injustice to create a fairer, healthier, and inclusive society through social innovation. Her focus is on addressing the racial imbalances in mental health care through developing a fund to honor the humanity and nuances of the black healing experience.
Jessica earned a master’s degree in counseling for Mental Health and Wellness from New York University and her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Virginia State University. Go Trojans! Jessica was born and raised in New York City and resides in Brooklyn.
Andrea Granda is Managing Director for Tides Advocacy, designing and delivering solutions-based services that meet core organizational and philanthropic needs of the advocacy space. Andrea joined the Tides community in 2011.
Originally from Jersey City, New Jersey, Andrea moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2009. Andrea pursued her calling as a public servant and followed an AmeriCorps internship opportunity at a youth center and clinic in the Bayview/Hunters Point neighborhood, focusing on leadership development. Throughout her 10 years at Tides and Tides Advocacy, she has honed her leadership capacity working with community practitioners, movement leaders, and funders who believe in challenging the status quo and dismantling inequities. Andrea has a vested interest in fostering partnerships to create a platform where ideas, no matter how big or small, can be shared to thrive into social change and policy wins.
Andrea holds a degree in Psychology from Seton Hall University.
Jen Jorczak is Tides Advocacy’s General Counsel. In this role, she brings 18 years experience in advocacy and legal work with Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and other Planned Parenthood organizations to bear for broader social justice and policy reform.
She is known for collaboration with advocacy and political staff, fundraisers, finance staff, CEOs, and board members, as well as legal and compliance staff, to ensure effective and compliant advocacy, lobbying, and electoral programs. Her dedication to progressive causes fueled her decision to attend law school while also still working for Planned Parenthood.
Jen is a proud graduate of Brooklyn Law School’s part-time program. In addition to her J.D. magna cum laude, she holds a B.F.A from New York University. Born and raised in the Midwest, Jen and her wife now call New York City home.
Yasmine is a seasoned talent, equity and inclusion practitioner in both for-profit and non-profit sectors. Her versatile background encompasses developing and implementing full scale diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies and building talent management programs. Yasmine has grown a robust career leading people development and advocacy initiatives.
She received her MBA from Simmons College and is a proud alumna of The Florida State University where she received her dual Bachelors of Arts degree in Multinational Business Operations and International Affairs.
Board of Directors
Vincent Jones is an innovative connector with a passion for building dynamic communities around common purpose and finding creative solutions to advance progressive change. Currently he is Founding CEO of The Citizen Jones Companies which includes Citizen Jones Travel, Citizen Jones Consulting (formerly Reinvent Communications), Proud Photobooth, and Ctzn Jns. His career spans the worlds of philanthropy, non-profits, politics, government, communications, and travel. Vincent served as Deputy Director of Campaigns and Senior Program Officer at the Liberty Hill Foundation, was executive director of the Center for Health Justice, led a youth civic engagement project for California Common Cause, and was Associate Director of the National Teen Leadership Program. He also was the LA County Field Representative for Sen. Barbara Boxer and worked in senior positions on her 2004 and 2010 campaigns as well as those of other statewide, federal, and local campaigns. Vincent believes strongly in serving on non-profit boards and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Political Education (SCOPE) and Freedom for All Americans.
Rajasvini Bhansali is the Executive Director of Solidaire Network, a community of donor organizers mobilizing critical resources to the frontlines of social justice. She is a passionate advocate for participatory grassroots-led social change and lifelong student of social movements. In her wide-ranging career devoted to racial, economic and climate justice, she has previously led an international public foundation that works in Asia, Africa and Latin America; grown a national youth development social enterprise; managed a public telecommunications infrastructure fund addressing the digital divide in the Southern United States; and worked as a community organizer, researcher, planner, policy analyst and strategy consultant.
Born and raised in India, Rajasvini earned a Master’s in Public Affairs with a focus on technology and telecommunications policy from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor′s in Astrophysics and Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities & Social Sciences from UC Berkeley. Vini also spent several years working in rural Kenya with community leaders, an experience she credits as having inspired her to work with other leaders to transform philanthropy. Currently, she serves on boards of Tides Advocacy, Swift Foundation and the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP). Vini is also a published poet, essayist, popular educator, coach and leadership trainer. When not engaged with community organizations, Rajasvini can be found nesting with her family in Richmond, CA.
Nicole is a Vice President of Way to Win, and Senior Advisor to its c3 effort, Way to Rise, working on the larger landscape of partnerships to strengthen and create the infrastructure needed to win elections, advance transformative policy, and build lasting power. Prior to Way to Win, Nicole was the Co-Executive Director of the California Donor Table, where she worked with a broad base of funders, political donors, labor leaders, practitioners and state and local community leaders to invest in and support the civic engagement and electoral priorities of California’s new majority communities. As a queer, multiracial Pacific Islander and first generation high school and college graduate, she has a deep commitment to equity, and brings over fifteen years’ of local, state and national experience leading racial, economic and climate justice organizations. Nicole serves on the boards of Tides Advocacy, Color of Change PAC and is a brain trust member of the Democracy Frontlines Fund, housed at The Libra Foundation.
Nat Chioke-Williams is the Executive Director of the Hill-Snowdon Foundation. An organizer, a connector, a thought leader, and a tireless worker who creates and captures space in the philanthropic sector to garner more social, political, and financial capital, he brings 22 years of philanthropic experience at organizations including the Funders Collaborative on Youth Organizing, Grantmakers for Southern Progress, Black Social Change Funders Network, and Freedom Funders.
William Cordery is a Donor Advisor and Consultant with Leverage Philanthropic Partners and Principal of Freedom Futures. He has held several roles in the field of philanthropy – from working at large national private grantmaking institutions to managing fundraising efforts for large, international nonprofit organizations. Over his career, Will has developed and implemented multi-million-dollar grantmaking and fundraising portfolios. Will’s grantmaking has helped to move multi-issue agendas, including racial justice, voter engagement, public education, health equity, LGBTQI human rights and criminal justice reform. Will received his B.S.B.A. in Business Finance from Xavier University and his M.P.A. from New York University. He formerly worked with Marguerite Casey Foundation, Surdna Foundation, and Wellspring Philanthropic Fund. His philanthropic board leadership includes the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, Greater New Orleans Funders Network, Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing, and Grantmakers for Southern Progress. Additionally, Will is an Advisor for the Global Engagement Lab at the EDGE Funders Alliance, and is an alumnus of the Association of Black Foundation Executives’ Connecting Leaders Fellowship.
|Janiece is Chief Executive Officer of Tides. Prior to joining Tides in 2021, as the inaugural Chief Sustainability and Diversity Officer and Head of Fossil Foundation, she launched Fossil Group’s global philanthropy practice, leading the strategic modernization of Fossil Group’s global philanthropic investment portfolio. Janiece was also the architect of the organization’s signature initiative, empowering youth through innovative partnerships with social entrepreneurs. She was named Vice President of Global Philanthropy and Sustainability in 2013, and to date, the Fossil Foundation has impacted the lives of 750,000+ underserved young people around the globe. During her 20-plus year career at Hewlett-Packard Co. Evans-Page accomplishments included the transformation of HP’s $20M philanthropy portfolio. In 2018, she was honored by Ebony Magazine as one of its Power 100 awardees in the “Women Up” category.|
|Judy Hatcher is the Executive Director of Biodiversity Funders Group. Her four decades of nonprofit experience connected to social movements include experience as a fundraising and organizational development consultant and trainer for grassroots groups around the country including Amnesty International USA where she led media work in the Midwest and as the Interim Southern Regional Director. She initiated individual fundraising campaigns for the Center for Community Change. She also served as Executive Director for the Environmental Support Center and Pesticide Action Network North America.|
Dr. Monique Morris is the President & CEO of Grantmakers for Girls of Color, the nation’s only philanthropic organization explicitly focused on resourcing movements and organizations led by, and in support of, girls and femmes of color. Dr. Morris is an award-winning author and social justice scholar with three decades of experience in the areas of education, civil rights, juvenile and criminal justice. An expert fundraiser and grantee, Dr. Morris has launched funds which have granted over $5 million and seek to mobilize over $1 billion in investments centering Black girls over the next 10 years.
Deb L. Kinney is a partner at Johnston, Kinney & Zulaica LLP, a law firm providing comprehensive estate planning, trust administration and probate services and family law. The practice covers a broad spectrum of families and does foundational estate planning, charitable planned giving, and non-citizen and international planning. The firm has an extensive probate and trust administration practice representing both beneficiaries and trustees. Johnston, Kinney & Zulaica LLP assists families with formation and dissolution issues and has a comprehensive elder law and special needs practice.
Deb has a B.A. from University of California at Berkeley, a J.D. from New College School of Law, is a member of the California State Bar Trusts and Estates Section, the Bar Association of San Francisco and the American Bar Association, among other organizations.
Deb has an extensive background in real estate and has been involved with the passage of five property tax bills protecting registered and unrelated partners among other statewide bills including extending Medicare coverage to domestic partners. Deb sits on the board of The Tides Advocacy Fund, is on the board of the National LGBT Bar Association, and is on the Advisory Board of Horizons Foundation and was on the Equality California Candidate PAC for many years. Deb has also been extensively involved and remains committed to obtaining equality for all LGBT people, and has worked tirelessly on behalf of the LGBT community regarding income, property, and estate tax issues. Deb lives in San Francisco and has two daughters, age 19 and 29.
Dr. Aisha Nyandoro is the founding CEO of Springboard to Opportunities, a Jackson, Mississippi nonprofit that uses a “radically resident-driven” approach to end generational poverty. A dedicated advocate for those who do not have an audible voice, in 2018, Dr. Nyandoro created the Magnolia Mother’s Trust – now the country’s longest-running guaranteed income program. In addition to leading Springboard’s community work and growing the Magnolia Mother’s Trust exponentially, her work focuses on shifting gendered and racialized narratives around poverty and deservedness. Dr. Nyandoro’s career has afforded her a plethora of skills including strategic development, management, advocacy, community building, and fund development.
Kaci Patterson is the owner of Social Good Solutions (SGS), a boutique consulting practice bridging ideas with social change. In addition to building multimillion-dollar grantmaking portfolios in the United States and abroad, Kaci pioneered capacity building programs, professional development and organizational initiatives that served networks of more than 1,000 civil society leaders and public officials. She is a founding member of Communities for Los Angeles Student Success, and co-founded the BLACC (Building Leaders and Cultivating Change) Fund, a giving circle at Liberty Hill Foundation supporting grassroots social activism. Kaci has been recognized by the California Community Foundation and Empowerment Congress (2016), Liberty Hill Foundation (2017) and Los Angeles Community Action Network (2019) for her work in advancing community-driven social change. She brings more than 18 years of experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors to her consulting practice.
Always with an eye toward human and community development, Kaci works with philanthropic institutions, nonprofit organizations and public entities to design, operationalize and manage strategic initiatives from concept to implementation. Kaci sits on the board of Social Venture Partners—Los Angeles and has served a state commissioner in the Department of Consumer Affairs since 2014. She is a certified mediator, a graduate of Pepperdine University and holds an MBA in Organizational Management & Leadership from the University of LaVerne.
Shareen Punian is co-founder of Democracy Lab. She comes from the world of strategy and finance with a career as an investment analyst, manager, and advisor. Currently, Shareen is involved in social impact investing and working to accelerate change toward gender equity.