Board of Directors


Nancy Richards Farese is the Founder of PhotoPhilanthropy and the Board Chair. Nancy is a social documentary photographer who strives to create evocative and dignified images that document the work of nonprofits in places such as refugee camps in Sudan and Uganda, post-disaster areas such as Haiti and Liberia, and communities addressing severe needs in their own backyards, such as San Francisco and New Orleans. Nancy founded PhotoPhilanthropy in 2009 to promote the work of nonprofits and connect them with photographers in order to encourage more effective visual storytelling. Her work has been featured in Time, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Marin IJ, and The Financial Times. She regularly shoots for The Carter Center, Mercy Corps, UNHCR and the International Rescue Committee. Nancy is a frequent lecturer and blogger on social entrepreneurship and the role of visual media in nonprofit storytelling. She lives in Marin County, California with her husband and 5 children.


Lisa Rose is the Executive Director of PhotoPhilanthropy, and 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.


Deirdre Atkin Hockett is Co-Founder and Director of, an online book-of-the month subscription service. Deirdre brings over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry and was formerly Partner and Managing Director at Laurel Management (Hall Capital Partners) where she provided wealth management services for high net worth families and individuals. Previously, Deirdre was with JP Morgan & Co., where she served as Vice President of Private Client Services, advising clients on personal financial management, and Vice President of Corporate Finance, managing large syndicated loans in restructuring and leveraged buy-outs. Deirdre has also dedicated her time to a number of community-based organizations to advance education and has served as Board Member for Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, The Little School (San Francisco), San Francisco School Volunteers and Children’s Garden (San Rafael). Deirdre received her B.A. from the University of Southern California and currently resides in San Francisco.


Tom Reinhart is a former partner and Chief Operating Officer of the private equity firm, TPG Capital. Prior to joining TPG in 1998, Tom was a managing director in Investment Banking at Salomon Smith Barney where he provided financing, merger and acquisition, and restructuring services to a wide variety of companies and private equity firms. Prior to 1990, Tom worked in the Investment Banking departments of Drexel Burnham Lambert & Group, Inc. and LF Rothschild Unterberg Towbin. Tom has also been involved over time in a number of community and educational organizations and currently serves on the advisory boards of the Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship. He received his M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business and his A.B. from Dartmouth College.


Prashant Samant is the Co-Founder and Customer Development Manager at Qrew Software, coaching software that powers personal development. Previously, Prashant co-founded and served as Executive Director of Bay Area-based technology nonprofit, GiveChange. GiveChange helps nascent local charitable organizations build capacity. Prashant has also served as the Interim Executive Director for International Prep, an education program for low-income girls in developing nations. Prashant was a Hub Ventures Social Enterprise Fellow and is an advisor at ForH2O and ImpactSpace. He holds a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis.


Kristin Morse serves as the Chief Online Marketing and Client Experience Officer for NestWise, a financial services start-up focused on providing financial planning and advice to the under-served middle class. Kristin has more than 20 years of general management, product management and marketing experience in financial services and eCommerce – in both large corporations and start-ups. She has worked at companies such as McKinsey and Charles Schwab, and is committed to providing the information and resources that empower individuals to make positive changes in their financial lives.


Richard Koci Hernandez is a national Emmy award-winning video and multimedia producer and worked as a photojournalist at the San Jose Mercury News for 15 years. His work has appeared in Time, Wired, The New York Times, a National Geographic book and international magazines. In 2008, Richard was awarded a national Emmy award for the New Approaches to Documentary category for his executive producer work on the Mercury News video entitled Uprooted. In 2003, Richard was the recipient of the James K. Batten Knight Ridder Excellence Award. His work for the Mercury News has earned him twoPulitzer Prize nominations. Richard is a San Francisco State University journalism graduate and is currently an Assistant Professor for New Media at the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley.