Our Team

Tom Nazario

Founder and President

Tom is a California attorney, child advocate, author, and filmmaker. His expertise in children’s rights has led him all over the world documenting human rights violations involving women and children, as well as working with underprivileged kids in the Bay Area for some 40 years. Tom sits on 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 which have shaped the work and goals of TFI.

Jennifer Zahgkuni

Director of Operations

Jennifer has been a part of TFI since its inception in 2007. She is TFI’s Director of Operations and directly assists Tom with TFI’s programmatic work. She manages all aspects of the San Francisco office and coordinates our local events. She also makes field visits on behalf of TFI to follow up with our current programs abroad to help discover new grassroots organizations that can benefit from the small grants that TFI provides.

Maisy Wildermuth

Program Officer & Project Coordinator

Maisy graduated from the University of San Francisco and joined the TFI team in 2019. As her background is in English and creative writing, she supports the foundation through various means including writing, editing, research, and design. She also oversees the domestic Bridge Fund program, which provides small grants to those experiencing unforeseen financial emergencies.

Part-Time Staff and Volunteers

Our part-time and volunteer staff provide an invaluable service to TFI and contribute in a variety of ways from helping with annual events to the day to day tasks in the office. Helen Gebreyesus has been our monthly bookkeeper. The Treasurer of our Board of Directors, Vivian Ho, professionally reviews our accounts before our tax filing each year. Sandra Kim has helped us prepare for our fundraising events and performed research for potential new projects. Ayn Lowry has provided data entry support and served as an editor for our publications and communications. Everyone pitches in to help during our big year-end solicitation. Of course we could not do our work abroad without the help of local people who often serve as guides and care about our programs. In particular, Darry Kwame in Ghana has been the guardian of our sponsored students there, and will see them through to their high school graduation. We are grateful to Helen, Vivian, Sandra, Ayn, and Darry for their kindness and contribution to our work.