ABOUT US

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Backed by a consortium of leading social sector organizations, CFT began as a joint initiative in 2017 to uncover system-change solutions to the barrier of network inequality for underrepresented minorities. Collaboration for Talent (CFT) is a 501c3 organization dedicated to fostering a more inclusive and human-centered talent market in the social sector and beyond.

Meet our team

We are passionate about diversity, inclusion, and equity.

TOMAS ALVAREZ III • CEO

Tomás is a serial social entrepreneur who has focused his career on transforming the conditions that undermine wellbeing for at-promise communities (i.e., historically marginalized populations). He is an Ashoka fellow, former CNN Hero and past NBC Latino Top 20 Innovator acclaimed for his groundbreaking work in the field of adolescent mental health. Tomás is an alumnus of Smith College School for Social Work and has served as a social entrepreneur in residence and adjunct lecturer at Stanford University where he has taught courses on social entrepreneurship and public service. Tomas lives in Oakland with his wife and their silky terrier.

KYLE BARRIOS • PARTNERSHIPS & DEVELOPMENT

Kyle has over ten years of experience in the financial services sector managing national operations and market development for audit business lines. Kyle previously served in litigation support for the Office of General Counsel at Deloitte where he worked on securities class actions, subpoena responses, and preference actions. During his career at Deloitte, he has also led strategy and implementation of various Diversity & Inclusion initiatives throughout the firm. For the last five years, Kyle has served as network leader for iConexion, a cross-sector community of Latinx C-suite and upper management professionals advocating for inclusive leadership at their respective organizations and beyond. Kyle is based in New York with he lives with his wife and two boys.

MONA SANDERS • STRATEGY & OPERATIONS

Mona specializes in strategic capacity-building for social sector organizations. Over the years she has worked with many social sectors leaders to help them build and lead effective and sustainable organizations that deliver high impact programs, products and services. Mona is passionate about helping leaders and organizations close the gap between aspiration and reality and about realizing human potential through the removal of structural and systemic barriers that limit it. Mona joined CFT because she is interested in innovative approaches to creating more equitable, inclusive and sustainable economies, enabling access to education, empowering girls and women, and protecting the environment. Mona is based in Washington DC. 

Meet our BOARD

PREETA BANERJEE

A veteran of Silicon Valley search Spoer has recruited business and tech innovators globally for many Silicon Valley companies. In addition to LinkedIn, he has worked with Bloom Energy, Trimble and Teknekron. He began his search career with Spencer Stuart based in Hong Kong. Sponsored by the Linkedin for Good Foundation, Spoer founded “Recruiting for Good” to enable teams of employees to “crowdsource” the best talent for key executive and technical roles for NGOs on a pro bono basis. It has shown promise as a productive model for cross-sector collaboration for hiring as well as professional development and knowledge transfer. Spoer’s pro bono clients have included the White House Presidential Innovation Fellows, Playworks, Global Network Initiative and Ashoka. Spoer founded Collaboration for Talent as a consortium of leading social impact accelerators to pool their networks of social innovators to enable cross-sector employee referrals and advocacy at scale. He currently serves as the CFT Board Chair.

CRYSTAL ROSE

A veteran of Silicon Valley search Spoer has recruited business and tech innovators globally for many Silicon Valley companies. In addition to LinkedIn, he has worked with Bloom Energy, Trimble and Teknekron. He began his search career with Spencer Stuart based in Hong Kong. Sponsored by the Linkedin for Good Foundation, Spoer founded “Recruiting for Good” to enable teams of employees to “crowdsource” the best talent for key executive and technical roles for NGOs on a pro bono basis. It has shown promise as a productive model for cross-sector collaboration for hiring as well as professional development and knowledge transfer. Spoer’s pro bono clients have included the White House Presidential Innovation Fellows, Playworks, Global Network Initiative and Ashoka. Spoer founded Collaboration for Talent as a consortium of leading social impact accelerators to pool their networks of social innovators to enable cross-sector employee referrals and advocacy at scale. He currently serves as the CFT Board Chair.

PABLO PEREZ III

A veteran of Silicon Valley search Spoer has recruited business and tech innovators globally for many Silicon Valley companies. In addition to LinkedIn, he has worked with Bloom Energy, Trimble and Teknekron. He began his search career with Spencer Stuart based in Hong Kong. Sponsored by the Linkedin for Good Foundation, Spoer founded “Recruiting for Good” to enable teams of employees to “crowdsource” the best talent for key executive and technical roles for NGOs on a pro bono basis. It has shown promise as a productive model for cross-sector collaboration for hiring as well as professional development and knowledge transfer. Spoer’s pro bono clients have included the White House Presidential Innovation Fellows, Playworks, Global Network Initiative and Ashoka. Spoer founded Collaboration for Talent as a consortium of leading social impact accelerators to pool their networks of social innovators to enable cross-sector employee referrals and advocacy at scale. He currently serves as the CFT Board Chair.

FAROUK DEY

A veteran of Silicon Valley search Spoer has recruited business and tech innovators globally for many Silicon Valley companies. In addition to LinkedIn, he has worked with Bloom Energy, Trimble and Teknekron. He began his search career with Spencer Stuart based in Hong Kong. Sponsored by the Linkedin for Good Foundation, Spoer founded “Recruiting for Good” to enable teams of employees to “crowdsource” the best talent for key executive and technical roles for NGOs on a pro bono basis. It has shown promise as a productive model for cross-sector collaboration for hiring as well as professional development and knowledge transfer. Spoer’s pro bono clients have included the White House Presidential Innovation Fellows, Playworks, Global Network Initiative and Ashoka. Spoer founded Collaboration for Talent as a consortium of leading social impact accelerators to pool their networks of social innovators to enable cross-sector employee referrals and advocacy at scale. He currently serves as the CFT Board Chair.

BOB SPOER

A veteran of Silicon Valley search Spoer has recruited business and tech innovators globally for many Silicon Valley companies. In addition to LinkedIn, he has worked with Bloom Energy, Trimble and Teknekron. He began his search career with Spencer Stuart based in Hong Kong. Sponsored by the Linkedin for Good Foundation, Spoer founded “Recruiting for Good” to enable teams of employees to “crowdsource” the best talent for key executive and technical roles for NGOs on a pro bono basis. It has shown promise as a productive model for cross-sector collaboration for hiring as well as professional development and knowledge transfer. Spoer’s pro bono clients have included the White House Presidential Innovation Fellows, Playworks, Global Network Initiative and Ashoka. Spoer founded Collaboration for Talent as a consortium of leading social impact accelerators to pool their networks of social innovators to enable cross-sector employee referrals and advocacy at scale. He currently serves as the CFT Board Chair.