Funders Together to End Homelessness is excited to welcome Tia Smith and Jack Zhang as the newest members of the Funders Together staff!
Tia Smith (they/them/theirs) steps into the role of Director of Membership and Programs with a decade of experience in the non-profit sector supporting youth and entrepreneurs as they navigate and combat systems of poverty.
Throughout their previous roles, Tia’s focus has been supporting youth through a trauma-informed lens and finding innovative ways to give them the agency to share their stories in ways that are empowering and healing. Tia is passionate about reimagining our world and using programming and relationship-building as tools to nurture those imagined possibilities.
“Love and disruption resonates deeply with my ethos. I believe in change and transformation in this generation. I believe that Funders Together is uniquely poised to nurture and motivate that change in and out of our network. I am excited to get to know our members and support their deliberate evolution. I am looking forward to being challenged and to push philanthropy to go a bit deeper in their work and their relationships with each other and their grantees,” Tia said.
As our Director of Membership and Programs, Tia will support our members through relationship-building and connecting the dots between their grantmaking and meaningful change. In addition, they will curate programming and networking opportunities to support our commitment to housing justice and liberation.
Jack Zhang (he/him/his) joins us as the Programs and Communications Manager. In his role, he manages Funders Together email communications, the website, blog posts, and social media. In addition, Jack will help support programming for our different member networks, upcoming webinars, and in-person events. He steps into this role with several years of previous experience in community organizing at state and national levels, programming, and communications management.
"After becoming immersed in the world of housing issues through some of my previous experiences, I am excited to join Funders Together in their mission to end homelessness, especially with their focus on racial equity, housing justice, and holistic wellness. I believe that housing is a fundamental human right and is essential towards empowering individuals to break cycles caused by systemic barriers and inequality,” Jack said about joining Funders Together.
Most recently Jack was a Senior Membership Development Associate at The Conference Board, a global think tank, and the Student Outreach Lead Coordinator at Embolden, a leadership and career exploration program for first-generation and low-income students. Jack comes to Funders Together with a passion for storytelling for social change and has previously worked with individuals without permanent housing in Williamsburg, Virginia.