meet the team

our staff

Amanda Keton
Managing Director

Amanda Keton is Managing Director for Tides Advocacy, where she oversees the programmatic and financial operations. Previously, she worked for Ernst & Young providing nonprofit organizations with tax consulting, advisory and compliance services. Amanda is on the Board of Directors for Network for Good, and her past board service includes the ACLU of Northern California and the San Francisco LGBT Community Center. Amanda is a member of the California State Bar and graduated with a Master of Laws in Taxation cum laude and Juris Doctor from University of San Diego School of Law. Amanda also completed a Master of Arts in Education.

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Romilda Justilien
Deputy Director

Romilda (Romy) Justilien serves as the Deputy Director of Tides Advocacy, where she supports the strategic and operational infrastructure to unleash the power of 85+ advocacy organizations and grantmaking funds. 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.

Jackie Valle
Senior Executive Coordinator

Jackie Valle serves as Senior Executive Coordinator for Tides Advocacy She is a 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, she worked in arts and education, focusing on First Generation initiatives, on the U.S. East Coast.

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Kathryn Snyder
Senior Advisor

Kathryn Snyder is a Senior Advisor for Tides Advocacy, advising a portfolio of 501c4 fiscal sponsorship and philanthropic services clients. Kathryn is Co-Chair for the California Criminal Justice Funders; Women's Policy Institute fellow; and attorney for Uncommon Law. Kathryn is a member of the California State Bar, graduating with a Juris Doctor from University of San Diego School of Law where they were on the USD’s nationally ranked Mock Trial team and President of the Black Law Students Association. Kathryn also received a BA in Sociology, BS in Human Development, and a Minor in Communication from UC Davis.

Ben Malley
Political Program Manager

Ben Malley is the Political Program Manager at Tides Advocacy. He works with donors and organizations to craft political strategies that build community power to deliver policy wins that provide material benefits to people’s lives. Ben has spent time at Alliance for Justice focusing on non-profit lobbying and compliance issues, worked in legislative affairs for the statewide California advocacy group 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 and lives in San Francisco.

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Andrea Granda
Senior Strategic Advisor

Andrea Granda is a Senior Strategic Advisor for Tides Advocacy. She is a New Jersey native who 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 network in 2011. 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.

Luis Diaz-Albertini
Manager of Strategic Partnerships

Luis Diaz-Albertini is the Manager of Strategic Partnerships for Tides Advocacy. He 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 of Vassar College and New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service.

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Gayle Sheehan
Compliance Manager

Gayle Sheehan is the Compliance Manager for Tides Advocacy and supports lobbying and political campaigns for our partners. Gayle got her start in nonprofits and advocacy work at the Sierra Club, including serving as their Director of Compliance for 10 years. There she worked with volunteers and staff on compliance with tax and election law as well as nonprofit financial matters, including grants budgets and financial reporting. As a strong believer in skills building, Gayle has developed and delivered trainings on tax and election law, compliance as a strategy, and nonprofit operations.

Joanna Li
Senior Accountant

Joanna Li is the Senior Accountant for Tides Advocacy. She has been working as an accountant in various roles, both public and private. Before joining TAF, Joanna was a general ledger accountant at Business for Social Responsibility. Joanna is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in California. She also holds MBA degree, with an emphasis in general accounting from Iona College, NY. She enjoys doing yoga and rooting for the SF Giants.

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Dominic Ryan
Operations Coordinator

Dominic Ryan serves as the Operations Coordinator to support Tides Advocacy’s clients in navigating operations and compliance and works on developing and improving operations across the organization. Before coming to Tides Advocacy, Dominic worked at Tides Network and the Hotel Trades Council. Dominic is part of the protest art collective The Peoples Puppets of Occupy Wall Street.

Kate Teran
Operations Associate

Kate Teran is an Operations Associate with Tides Advocacy. Before joining the Tides Advocacy team, she worked with organizations such as UN Women, SOS Children’s Villages, and the Council on Hemispheric Affairs on a variety of projects including research, event planning, and fundraising. In her free time she enjoys cycling, hiking, and foggy mornings in Golden Gate Park. She holds a BA in International Relations from Boston University.

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Matt Marquess
Human Resources Manager

Matt Marquess is a Human Resources Manager with Tides Advocacy. He helps organizations achieve goals by focusing on developing and nurturing their #1 asset – their people! He has over 6 years of HR experience working closely with leadership and focusing on people and culture. He was most recently at fuseproject, a product design firm where he oversaw all aspects of HR including employee relations, performance management, leadership coaching, change management, benefits and recruiting. Prior to that Matt led HR at Spark, a PR and marketing firm. He also made a career transition at Spark and spent his first 8 years there as a PR consultant.

Josh Clark
Research Fellow

Joshua Clark is a Research Fellow at Tides Advocacy, where he conducts research, analysis, and strategy-building focused on civic engagement, elections, and voting rights. Josh brings to the team more than a decade of experience leveraging social science research and community knowledge to advocate for legal, policy, and social change. He has an interdisciplinary approach and training, including a B.A. in political science and a Ph.D. in socio-cultural anthropology. His areas of expertise include human rights, structural discrimination, political participation and identity, and censuses and demography.

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Our Board of Directors

Kriss Deiglmeier
President and CEO

Kriss is the Chief Executive Officer of Tides. Under Kriss’ leadership, Tides grantmaking 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 theStanford 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.

Joseph Mouzon
Chair

As the Chief Strategic Investment Officer, Mouzon is responsible for recruitment of mission partners, cause marketing, and corporate sponsorship at AWIS. Previously, Mouzon was the Director of Philanthropy and Strategic Investments at the Anita Borg Institute for Women in Computing. His role included focusing on all philanthropic, individual giving, and strategic investments. In 2008, Mouzon was the recipient of the GQ Gentlemen’s Fund Pillar Award for Education for his work with youth, music, and technology. His passion for AWIS’ mission originates in his family’s experience. Many years after the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, U.S. Supreme Court decision to integrate America’s schools, members of his family were still denied equal access to public education in Prince Edward County Virginia. Ensuring gender equity in STEM, education, and opportunities for all has been a driving force Mouzon’s professional and personal life.

Alice Kessler

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.

Bernard Coleman

Bernard Coleman is the Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) at Uber and he drives the D&I programs through meaningful relationships, both internally and externally, as well as promotes Uber as a leader in ride sharing, and as a forerunner in D&I engagement.

Prior to Uber, Coleman led Hillary for America’s D&I and HR initiatives, as the first-ever Chief Diversity and Human Resources Officer in U.S. history for any presidential campaign and political party. Coleman’s written for Forbes, Catalyst, SHRM and his insights have appeared in the Nasdaq Government Clearinghouse and the Huffington Post.

Coleman holds an MBA from Trinity University, a BA in psychology from Hampton University, a Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Management certification from Georgetown University, and is a graduate of the University of Virginia's Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership.

Deb Kinney

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.

Johanna Silva Waki

Johanna is Principal/Political Consultant at Hope Road Consulting and brings many years of experience in developing political strategy, organizing grassroots campaigns, media relations, organizational development, and government affairs. She has led many of Hope Road's major projects and is extensively engaged in the development of direct mail, messaging and communications.

Prior to Hope Road, Johanna was a Special Assistant to San Francisco's Superintendent of Schools where she worked closely with parents and teachers, led coalitions, and managed the School District's Bilingual Education Task Force, which set the implementation policy for bilingual education in San Francisco public schools.

She was a key advisor to the US Census Bureau's 2000 Complete Count Committee where she created and implemented the Northern California Migrant Outreach Plan. As a field representative for a State Assemblyman, Johanna worked with community members on a wide range of community issues and legislative agendas.

Johanna was the Bay Area Field Director for the No on Prop 38 campaign where she led a coalition of educators, parents, and community members to successfully defeat the movement for school vouchers.

Johanna's drive to politically engage disenfranchised communities is rooted in her family's immigration experience. At the age of six, Johanna's family moved to San Francisco from Nicaragua. She is grateful to local community organizations that helped her family overcome cultural and language barriers and for cementing the importance of community engagement.

Johanna currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center, and sits on KQED's Community Advisory Panel. She is a former member of the Board of Directors for Emerge California, a political leadership training program for Democratic women and is Chair of Emerge California's Campaign Advisory Team. She is one of the founders of PowerPAC.org, an organization building a social justice political agenda for California and serves on the Advisory Board of the San Francisco Women's Political Committee.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and La Raza Studies from San Francisco State University.

Johanna lives in San Francisco's Bernal Heights neighborhood with her husband, Yukiya Jerry Waki, and their Shih Tzu, Leo.

Shareen Punian

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 has been involved in social impact investing and working to accelerate change toward gender equity.