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TA new Board members Apr 22

Tides Advocacy Adds Four Philanthropy and Social Justice Leaders to Its Board of Directors

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Tides Advocacy announced the election of four new board members – Nat Chioke-Williams, Judy Hatcher, Dr. Monique Morris, and Dr. Aisha Nyandoro. In addition, new board leadership – Vincent Jones (Chair), Rajasvini Bhansali (Secretary), and Deb Kinney (Treasurer), join together to provide strategic direction to help Tides Advocacy to continue its’ longstanding commitment toward racial justice and continuing advancement of a pro-Black agenda in philanthropy.

“We are excited to partner with these champions of movement infrastructure and resource mobilization for communities most impacted by injustice. Tides Advocacy is at a pivotal moment as we seek to support a new vision of being a pro-Black organization,” said Romilda Avila, CEO of Tides Advocacy.

“On behalf of the entire board, I am honored to work alongside these leaders,” said Vincent Jones, Tides Advocacy Board Chair. “Together, we will work to better support those on the frontline of change while pushing ourselves and our peers to think boldly about what more we can do with what we have to move us closer to true liberation.”

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.

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 $15 million and seek to mobilize over $1 billion in investments centering Black girls over the next 10 years.

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.

Vincent Jones will serve as Board Chair. Jones has served on the board since 2019. Mr. Jones is the Founding CEO of The Citizen Jones Companies. His career spans the worlds of philanthropy, non-profits, politics, government, communications, and travel.

Rajasvini Bhansali will serve as Secretary. 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.

Deb Kinney will serve as Treasurer. Kinney is a partner at Johnston, Kinney & Zulaica LLP, a law firm providing comprehensive estate planning, trust administration and probate services and family law. Kinney is extensively involved in 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.

To learn more about the Tides Advocacy team, visit here

About Tides Advocacy:

Tides Advocacy is a team of political, legal and financial experts that identify, connect, and fuel movements for social justice and the health of the country’s democracy. Founded in 1997, Tides Advocacy leverages its extensive network and design solutions to make advocacy accessible to social change innovators in all sectors. With a network of over 85 fiscally sponsored 501(c)(4) projects and funds across the United States, Tides Advocacy supports advocates and donors to strengthen community voice and achieve lasting policy change. For more information: