The Advocacy Fund enables progressive donors and activists to run high impact legislative and political campaigns by providing a legal and fiscal home to those advocating for social change. By facilitating quick mobilization, efficient management, legal compliance and political advising, The Advocacy Fund empowers its clients to run successful legislative, ballot initiatives, and electoral campaigns. The Advocacy Fund offers the organizational infrastructure and strategic management services to make change happen increasing your ability to engage in thoughtful advocacy on issues of social justice, environmental sustainability, human rights and economic inequality.

The Advocacy Fund (formerly Tides Advocacy Fund) is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization and is a separate legal entity from Tides. Tides does not subsidize The Advocacy Fund in any way.

Staff

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Amanda Keton, Managing Director

As Tides General Counsel, Amanda keeps Tides in legal compliance and manages organizational risk so our partners can focus on making social change. Amanda also serves as Managing Director for The Advocacy Fund, the 501 (c)(4) entity in the Tides family of organizations, where she oversees the programmatic and financial operations for the social welfare organization. Before that, she worked for Ernst & Young providing nonprofit organizations with tax consulting, advisory and compliance services. Amanda is on the Board of Directors for the San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center where she formerly served as co-chair, and she also serves on the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Northern California. Prior to law school, Amanda completed a Master of Arts in Education while teaching middle school and wrote her thesis on why culturally and linguistically diverse students opt out of gifted and talented programs. 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.

Ben Malley, Political Program Manager

Ben Malley is Political Program Manager to Tides/The Advocacy Fund where he specializes in advising and starting up 501c4 organizations and provides consulting to donors. He created The Advocacy Fund’s c4 Expansion Project, making available seed funding, c4 fiscal sponsorship, legal compliance support, and political consulting services to existing c3 advocacy groups to startup and scale a partner c4 organization. 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.

Kathryn Snyder, Senior Advisor

Kathryn Snyder is Senior Advisor for Tides and The Advocacy Fund, with expertise in the areas of c3/c4 legal compliance, lobbying, ballot measures, and political work. As an advisor, Kathryn provides service, support, and guidance to a portfolio of fiscal sponsorship and philanthropic services clients. Kathryn is a member of the California State Bar and graduated with a Juris Doctor from University of San Diego School of Law where she was a member of USD Law’s nationally ranked Mock Trial team, President of the Black Law Students Association, and co-founder of USD Law’s Diversity Committee. Kathryn serves on the Board of Directors for the San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center, is a member of HYPE (Horizons Young Philanthropists for Equality), serves as a CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocate), and is a member of the Bay Area chapter of Black Lives Matter. Prior to law school, Kathryn received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Bachelor of Science in Human Development, and a Minor in Communication from University of California, Davis.

Alexandra Thebert, Strategic Advisor

Alexandra Thebert is Strategic Advisor to Tides and The Advocacy Fund where she brings a love of grassroots organizing and outreach for progressive change to assist The Advocacy Fund’s clients. She’s given talks, organized trainings, and hosted fundraisers from Alaska to Alabama for progressive causes and candidates. Alexandra has spent time in rural Michigan as the director of Save the Wild U.P., a mining watchdog, and as the national organizer for Physicians for a National Health Program. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois’ College of Urban Planning and Public Administration in Chicago. She lives in Berkeley and is a volunteer with the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project.

Myint Zar, Accounting Manager

Myint Zar joins The Advocacy Fund as an Accounting Manager with expertise in nonprofit accounting, GAAP, revenue recognitions, grant reporting, budgeting, and financial reporting. Prior to joining The Advocacy Fund, Myint worked as an Accounting Supervisor and Senior Accountant for three years at Tides Center. Myint has a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Accounting from San Francisco State University, where she was a member of Accounting Students Organization and volunteered in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program preparing tax returns for low-income individuals. Myint speaks fluent Burmese and lives in San Francisco.

Board Of Directors

Kriss Deiglmeier, CEO

Kriss has more than 20 years of senior executive experience that spans the business, social enterprise, nonprofit, academic and philanthropic sectors. She is recognized as a pioneer in the field of social innovation and has presented nationally and internationally on social innovation, social entrepreneurship, design thinking and public-private partnerships as well as guest-lectured at myriad universities around the world.

Before joining Tides, Kriss was the founding Executive Director for the Center for Social Innovation (CSI) at Stanford. She established CSI as a global leader in the emerging social innovation field. Kriss worked as an Advisor to the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies while living in Myanmar in 2013. In her previous role as Chief Operating Officer for Juma Ventures, Kriss helped raise the profile of the social entrepreneurship field from a niche market to mainstream.

Kriss has written and published leading thought pieces on social impact. Her most recent publication is a book chapter, “Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation: What’s New, and Why is it Important?” in The Real Problem Solvers. Kriss developed and taught the course, “Social Innovation through Corporate Social Responsibility” at Stanford. In Myanmar, Kriss conceived, created, and led an “Innovation in Action Lab” to equip organizations with design thinking methodologies and tools.

Kriss has served on a number of boards, and advisory groups. Kriss received her BA from the University of Washington, and her MBA from UC Berkeley.

Joseph Mouzon, Board Chair

Mr. Mouzon is currently the Director of Philanthropy and Strategic Investments at the Anita Borg Institute for Women in Computing. Serving as a key leadership team member and an active participant in making funding decisions affecting the Anita Borg Institute, his role includes focusing on all philanthropic, individual giving and strategic investments.

Most recently, Mr. Mouzon was a philanthropic and business consultant. He consulted with the Tides Network CEO to improve the Business Development, Client Services and Information Technology divisions within the organization. He also provides professional leadership to African-American business owners in the San Francisco Bay Area.

As the President and CEO of GivingSphere – an eCommerce fundraising platform for charities, his accomplishments included, preparing the go-to-market strategy and the product roadmap, launching the web site and developing strategic partners (e.g., Participant Media, Quincy Jones Foundation, The Renaissance Project). In Q4 2014, GivingSphere was sold to a private investment group.

As Executive Director of Nonprofit Services for Network for Good powered by Groundspring, Mr. Mouzon was responsible for the overall leadership of the West coast division. He directed all sales, service and business development, operations, strategic planning, and financial management activities. He also initiated and completed the merger of Network for Good and Groundspring to form the largest nonprofit Technology Service Provider (TSP) in the U.S. - helping over 100,000 nonprofit organizations generate over $1 billion in online donations since the merger.

Mr. Mouzon's board and advisory board experience includes: The Advocacy Fund; Conveners.org; California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF); The Council on Foundations Technology Task Force; Ashoka Youth Venture; the Unified School District of San Francisco -School to Career; Craigslist Foundation; Jewish Vocational Services.

In 2008, Mr. Mouzon was the recipient of the GQ Gentlemen’s Fund Pillar Award for Education for his work with youth, music and technology.

In 2006, Mr. Mouzon was recognized as a Salesforce Hero for launching the Donor Management Suite – an integration of Network for Good’s online donation and Salesforce’s CRM functionality.

Mr. Mouzon holds a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from the University of San Francisco

 

Alice Kessler

Alice Kessler is partner at the legislative affairs firm Dimare, Brown, Hicks & Kessler and an accomplished legislative strategist with nearly a decade 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’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.

Deb L. Kinney

Deb L. Kinney is the principal of DLKLawGroupPC, a law firm providing comprehensive and competent estate planning, trust administration and probate services. Deb has a B.A. from University of California at Berkeley, a J.D. from New College School of Law, serves on the Board of Directors for Horizons Foundation and is a member of the California State Bar Trusts and Estates Section, the Bar Association of San Francisco and the American Bar Association. Deb has an extensive background in real estate and was recently involved with the passage of a property tax bill protecting Registered Domestic Partners.

Johanna Silva Waki

Johanna Silva Waki is the owner and co-founder of Hope Road Consulting, LLC, a full service political consulting and public relations firm specializing in campaign and field strategy for candidates, initiatives, advocacy campaigns and community engagement programs.

Johanna brings fifteen years of expertise in communications, mainstream and ethnic media relations, political engagement and government affairs. Prior to founding Hope Road Consulting, Johanna was a Special Assistant to San Francisco’s Superintendent of Public Education. She was also the Bay Area Campaign Field Director on the No on Prop 38 Campaign that successfully defeated school vouchers in California. Johanna currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center; chairs the Emerge California's Campaign Advisory Team; is a founder 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.