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.
Andrea Granda is Deputy Director for Tides Advocacy. She is originally from Jersey City, New Jersey and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2009. Andrea pursued her calling as a public servant as an AmeriCorps intern at a youth center and clinic in the Bayview/Hunters Point neighborhood, focusing on leadership development. Andrea joined the Tides community in 2011. As Deputy Director, she designs and delivers solutions-based services for those that believe in challenging the status quo and dismantling inequities. Andrea has a vested interest in fostering partnerships built on mutual interests to help shape ideas to drive social change and policy wins.
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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.
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.
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.|
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.
Alice Kessler is an accomplished legislative strategist with more than a dozen years of experience in state and local government relations. Immediately prior to joining DBHK, Alice held the position of Director of Government Affairs at Comcast Corporation, where she led policy and community initiatives in the San Francisco and North Bay Area markets for the largest cable television and broadband provider in the United States.
From 2006-2010, Alice served as Government Affairs Director at Equality California (EQCA), where she oversaw all legislative, political and administrative advocacy for a $12M organization that has been a driving force behind some of the most comprehensive civil rights protections in the nation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals.
Alice has appeared extensively in print, broadcast and radio media, including: The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Sacramento Bee, The San Diego Union Tribune, and KQED’s Forum with Michael Krasny.
Alice’s professional background includes legal and policy work for diverse organizations, including Disability Rights California, the University of California, and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. A graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of California, Davis School of Law, she is licensed to practice law in California state and federal courts.
Alice currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Tides Advocacy Fund. She is a member of the 2011 class of Leadership San Francisco and the 2009 recipient of the Dartmouth College Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Alumni/ae Association’s Vanguard Award, which recognizes individuals whose unique efforts lead the way in thought, awareness and visibility around issues of concern to the LGBT community.
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.
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.