Pema Doma began her social justice journey as a high school student working as a community organizer with Boston Mobilization, waging campaigns in solidarity for racial, economic, and environmental justice. In 2017, Pema co-founded an SFT chapter at American University. Pema later joined SFT’s team as the Grassroots Coordinator helping establish over a dozen new SFT chapters across North America. From 2020 to 2023, Pema stepped into a leadership role as SFT International’s Campaigns Director, leading several successful campaigns including the Say “No!” to Confucius Institutes, Queens Public Library, Apple Censorship, Free Tashi Wangchuk, and No Beijing 2022 campaigns. In August 2023, Pema was selected as the next Executive Director of Students for a Free Tibet.
Pema holds a degree in Economics and Certificate in Advanced Leadership Studies from American University and is also a Freedom Fellow with the Human Rights Foundation.
Tenzin Yangzom is from Boston, Massachusetts, where she studied Education with a concentration in Global Affairs. Yangzom previously served as a Grassroots Intern with SFT. In the past, Yangzom has also held a number of other nonprofit leadership roles, including with Phillips Brooks House Association, where she worked to address gaps in opportunities and resources; Sub/Urban Justice, a project of Boston Mobilization that seeks to transform communities toward an equitable world; and Tibetan Resettlement Stories: Voices of Boston, an oral history project aimed to preserve the stories of the first Tibetan immigrants in Boston. Yangzom currently serves on the SFT team as Campaign Manager—leading the Stop Stealing Tibetan DNA campaign, as well as SFT’s political prisoners advocacy campaigns. Outside of SFT, Yangzom serves as an Advocacy Officer with the Tibetan Association of Boston, a community organization dedicated to the preservation of the Tibetan language and culture through education and collaboration. In her free time, Yangzom enjoys hiking with her dog Phife.
Tenzin Myinlek graduated from the University of Connecticut with a double major in History and Biology. During her undergraduate studies, Myinlek served as the president of the UConn Tibetan Interest Association. Myinlek first joined the SFT staff as the North America Grassroots Coordinator. Since then, Myinlek has played a central role in organizing regional Tibetan youth training conferences, SFT’s North America Longsho Tour, as well as the Tibet Climate Crisis regional talk tour. Under Myinlek’s leadership, SFT’s North America grassroots network of chapters and student activists has grown and thrived. Recently, Myinlek was promoted to serve as SFT’s International Grassroots Director, expanding her effective grassroots leadership on a global scale. In her free time, Myinlek finds peace and restoration in playing the trumpet and listening to Taylor Swift classics on repeat.
Lobsang Tseten grew up in the foothills of Pokhara, Nepal and later relocated to Bangalore, India where he studied for a Master’s degree in Mass Communication. Tseten began his activism in school and was the SFT Bangalore's Chapter Coordinator. Upon completion of his studies, he moved to Dharamsala. Previously, he served as the Asia Regional Coordinator at the International Tibet Network. While in Dharamsala, he also previously served as a Campaigns Director at SFT India. He has organized various Tibet awareness programs and coordinated Direct Actions in India against visiting Chinese dignitaries. He currently serves as the Programs Manager for SFT. In his free time, he is an avid musician, and he believes that music transcends culture and uses it as one of the main mediums of his expression.
Topjor Tsultrim is a Tibetan activist who grew up in Philadelphia, PA. His participation in the Tibetan freedom movement began with attending local protests and participating in the annual Tibet Lobby Day with his father. During college, Topjor interned with the International Campaign for Tibet as an Advocacy intern. In addition, Topjor also worked at SFT as a Campaigns intern in 2021. After graduating from Williams College in 2022 with a B.A. in Political Economy and English, Topjor joined the SFT team as the Communications Coordinator, leading SFT’s outreach efforts, research, and media relations. He has delivered speeches at a number of direct actions, such as the A4 Revolution cross-movement protest and New York City’s Tibetan Uprising Day. In addition, he also leads SFT’s United Nations advocacy work. In his free time, Topjor also serves on the board of Rokpa, a youth-led non-profit focused on increasing access to education for Tibetan youth in exile. He enjoys playing lacrosse with his younger brother, reading postcolonial literature, and running pickup basketball with SFT interns.
Nyima Lama, born in Nepal, grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina where she was heavily involved in community justice work as a Bonner Scholar in college. As a Bonner Scholar, she held community positions, ranging from a tutor, mentor, translator, and site coordinator. She has worked with and supported the work of grassroots social justice organizations, such as SEAC Village which serves NC-based Black and Brown communities, where she communicated with and contributed to a growing, collaborative network of AAPI community members in the NC Triad and Triangle regions. She first joined SFT through a summer internship as a Campaigns intern in 2019. Since then, she has joined the team as the Office Manager. In her free time, she finds comfort in reading essays, especially the writings of Audre Lorde and James Baldwin.
Tenzing Lhamo Dorjee is a cartoonist, illustrator and designer. Born in Washington, Tenzing uses her skills in storytelling and humor to connect with other Tibetans around the world. In May 2019, she graduated with a BFA in Design at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington. In the summer of 2021, Lhamo joined SFT as their Graphic Designer. She's most well known online for her comic series My Tibetan Tendencies, her informational gif set Taboo Tibet, and her comic on her childhood bully with the online publication The Lily. She's also a proud member of the Yakpo Collective and has her work featured in galleries in Seattle, New York, Canada, and Lhasa, Tibet.
Passang was born as a stateless refugee in India, where she completed her Master’s Degree in Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University, one of India’s most prestigious academic institutions.
During her studies, Passang attended SFT India’s ‘Free Tibet! Action Camp’ twice, first in 2017 as a participant, and again in 2019 as a student trainer. In 2020, Passang interned at SFT India, where she helped coordinate key projects, including a solidarity initiative with the global campaign to #save12HKYouths, an initiative to stand in solidarity with the 12 Hong Kong activists arrested under the National Security Law.
Since joining the SFT India team as the Programs Director in 2021, Passang has successfully organized key programs such as the ‘Free Tibet! Action Camp’ 2022, and Little Lhasa Program in 2022 and 2023, all while overcoming, and winning, a tremendous battle with cancer.
Tenzin Lhawang who is on SFT Canada's Board of Directors is the current the Interim National Coordinator until the National Director position is filled.