Our values reflect how we want our staff to operate, as individuals and as a team. These values are central to our culture, and are critical for moving us most quickly towards our goals.
- Passion for our cause — we are idealistic, bold thinkers; creative, and fun.
- Discipline — there is rigor, focus and urgency to the way we approach our goals, and we take personal responsibility for achieving them. We work in a responsive and efficient manner to support our team, the mission, and the leadership of our organization.
- Integrity — we are respectful, open and honest with each other and in our community, and we ensure alignment between our actions and our beliefs.
Lisa Rose brings over 15 years of experience in senior leadership in the philanthropic sector. Previously, Lisa served as the founding CEO of the 1:1 Fund, a project incubated by CFED to build a broad online and high net-worth donor base for children’s savings accounts. She was formerly with The San Francisco Foundation, where she oversaw donor cultivation and stewardship for a portfolio of 450 high net-worth donors and $350 million in donor-advised funds. Before joining The San Francisco Foundation, Lisa served in senior management roles at the San Francisco Education Fund, the San Francisco Food Bank, and the San Francisco Community Music Center. Lisa graduated from Mount Holyoke College with degrees in Philosophy and Critical Social Thought. She studied German, Czech and Spanish languages and has lived and traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia, including Spain, Germany, the Czech Republic, Laos, Vietnam, and Thailand.
Saeed Mirfattah brings over 10 years of leadership and program development expertise gained in the social sector. Previously, he was the Program Director of The Mimi and Peter Haas Fund, First 5 Commission of San Mateo County and First 5 Commission of Santa Clara County. He has been a strategic advisor to social sector organizations in the US and to international projects in Israel, Rwanda, South Africa and the United Kingdom, advising planners and policymakers in the areas of organizational development, capacity building, identity management, strategic planning, fund development, communications and branding. His expertise has routinely been sought on several local, state, and national boards and committees.
Saeed earned his graduate degree in Social Anthropology from The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, where he also developed an interest in visual ethnography. He is an accomplished photographer having spent four years documenting the cultures, landscapes and architecture of South, Southeast and East Asia. Saeed has also logged more than 5,000 miles on his solo long-distance bicycle tours climbing up grueling Himalayan mountain passes and down the scenic Alcan Highway.
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Kathleen Hennessy brings over 25 years of photography experience to PhotoPhilanthropy. Prior to her role here, she was the director of photography for the San Francisco Chronicle. She was photography editor of the Chronicle’s 2005 Pulitzer Prize winning entry. Kathleen served as a staff photography editor in the Clinton White House, the Washingtonian magazine and USA Today.
Her contributions to nonprofit organizations include: photographer on medical missions for Operation Smile and Smile Train in Romania, Vietnam, Gaza and China; a coordinator for the National Geographic’s Photo Camp, a photography program for underprivileged children; and a faculty member of Somosfoto, a workshop for Latin American professional photographers in Miami, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic.
Kathleen was a Knight Fellow at Ohio University, where she earned a masters degree in journalism. She has taught photojournalism at Ohio University, San Francisco State University, City College of San Francisco and the University of California-Berkeley.