Tom Nazario, Founder and President
Tom is a California attorney, child advocate and law professor at the University of San Francisco. His expertise in children’s legal issues has led him all over the world documenting human rights violations involving women and children, as well as working with inner-city kids in the Bay Area for over 30 years. Tom leads TFI’s Board of Directors and makes presentations to community organizations, colleges, foundations, and corporations that wish to get involved with the work of TFI. It has been his vision and ideas shaping the work and goals of TFI.
Jennifer Zahgkuni, Director of Operations
Jennifer has been a part of TFI since its inception in 2007 and has worked with Tom in various capacities since 2000 when she worked at USF School of Law. Jennifer is TFI’s Director of Operations and directly assists Tom with TFI’s programmatic work. She presently manages all aspects of the San Francisco office and coordinates our local events. She also travels on behalf of TFI to follow up with our current programs abroad, to deliver basic necessities to those in need, and to help research new grassroots organizations that can benefit from the small grants that TFI provides.
Melissa McMahon, Director of Marketing and Advancement
Melissa joined TFI in June of 2017 as our Director of Marketing and Advancement. Formally in web-based advertising, Melissa helps strengthen the capacity of TFI with social media strategies, content and relationships.
Melissa is passionate about the opportunity to support TFI’s mission and vision and help them reduce poverty through a community-driven, grassroots approach.
Ayn Lowry, Data Management
Ayn volunteers to help TFI with data management and various research projects. She has been involved since 2012 and was supporting the mission of TFI long before. Her previous work in the NGO field has been with organizations focusing primarily on farmworker and environmental issues both in the US and in Holland, where she lived and worked for many years and raised her son.
Kalyn Simon, Research and Office Assistant
Kalyn joined the TFI team as a Research and Office Assistant in September of 2017. She is working at TFI while pursuing her Master’s Degree in International Studies at the University of San Francisco. Kalyn is excited about the opportunity to learn various mechanisms to address global poverty both in the classroom and through The Forgotten International organization.