Ellen Friedman Says Farewell

After 24 amazing years of innovative partnerships, working with the world's most cutting edge organizations and watching the organization grow from a handful of people in a downtown office to a 125 person thriving enterprise, today, June 30, 2010 is my last day at Tides.  I am leaving Tides to assume the position of Executive Director of the Compton Foundation (www.comptonfoundation.org). While I am thrilled to be joining a foundation with a deep commitment to social justice and equity, leaving Tides was not a decision I took lightly.  During my tenure, Tides has grown to occupy a unique niche in the progressive community as a trusted resource providing infrastructure for progressive work including grantmaking, fiscal sponsorship supporting innovation, and the development of nonprofit real estate. Tides' growth is a remarkable development that has been spurred by the wisdom, creative attention, and critical partnerships with donors, activists, institutions, social entrepreneurs, and allies dedicated to social transformation. I have great confidence in the leadership and staff of Tides and know that the organization is in very good hands. It is well served by a dedicated and creative staff that daily work with our partners to accomplish change in the world that is focused on justice and equity. It has been a privilege to work with so many people who are working daily to make the world a better place for all.

I will begin my tenure with the Compton Foundation on August 16, 2010. The Compton Foundation is driven by a similar commitment as Tides, and their work in the areas of peace and security, environmental sustainability, and reproductive health and justice is widely respected. Compton is a grantmaker dedicated to listening deeply to the people in the fields in which it works and using the power of its resources to support social change. I am honored to step into this leadership role at an important time in the Compton's history and at a time of increased need and urgency in the areas in which Compton works.

While my time at Tides is coming to a close, I look forward to continuing a partnership with the organization to support its continued growth and evolution and to sharing our ongoing work for equity, sustainability and social justice for our global society.

2 Responses to “Ellen Friedman Says Farewell”

  1. Dear Ellen,

    My name is Roger Margulies. I am the Art Director for Education at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA.

    My job is to create websites, brochures, posters, exhibits, and other creative items to teach students and the public about space, science, and how to make the planet a better place for everyone. "Yes" it can be rocket science, but it's always interesting and fun!

    Due to the government slowdown, I have some extra time and am looking to volunteer with fine organizations, such as the Compton Foundation, to produce any graphics or artwork -- at no cost, of course. If you have any type of artistic needs, please feel free to call me.

    You may check out the NASA Ames website at:

    You may also check out my personal website at:

    Thank you very much,

    ----- Art Director, NASA Education
    NASA Research Park
    ----- PO Box 89
    ----- Moffett Field, CA 94035
    [email protected], or
    [email protected]
    ----- http://www.nasa.gov

  2. Ellen-

    Marge Brownstein told me you had left Tides and it didn't seem possible that so many years have passed since we worked together in the old SCAP. If you have a chance to reply, it would be great. The Compton Fdn. looks like another wonderful fit for your unique gifts.
    Marge wanted to be sure and send her regards along with mine.



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