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.
Sarah Edwards, Program Officer
Sarah joined TFI in March 2016, bringing her experience from the field as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon to her work with us. As program officer, she is managing relationships with the organizations that TFI supports. She is also working to help strengthen the capacity of TFI as well as develop more sustainable and concrete methods for the future. She also completes site visits for TFI, most recently going to Peru to review organizations under consideration there.
Marcel Valente, IT and Admin
Marcel has been TFI’s “Jack of all trades” from the beginning. He is our IT Technician and maintains TFI’s computers and media. Marcel helped create The Work We Do video which was shown at our Joy of Giving event to over 300 guests, including the Dalai Lama, which now appears on our Youtube page. He also creates our media presentations for our informational and fundraising events. When not at work with TFI, Marcel leads conversation classes for students studying ESL at a school called Intrax here in San Francisco.
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.
Shohil Kothari, Digital Marketing
Shohil volunteers to help TFI with the complex digital databases and social media strategies. He describes himself as a digital marketer passionate about reducing poverty through a community-driven, grassroots approach.