Staff – Students for a Free Tibet
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Staff

Dorjee Tseten

Executive Director

Dorjee Tseten is a Tibetan activist and is currently the Executive Director of SFT, a leading global grassroots organization in the Tibetan movement with a network of students and activists in more than 35 countries. Dorjee is a human rights defender and has become one of the most influential young leaders and recognizable faces in the Tibetan Freedom Movement. Traveling around the world, he has coordinated strategic campaigns and nonviolent protest actions for Tibet. Through talks and grassroots campaigns, he has trained hundreds of students and youth activists across the world to take nonviolent action for Tibet. He is a frequent spokesperson in both Tibetan and English language media and to audiences around the world. A visionary strategist, he has been actively building cross-movement alliances and strategic partnerships of Tibetans, Hong Kongers, Uyghurs, Taiwanese, Southern Mongolians and Chinese democracy activists to counter the CCP's totalitarian regime. He was also former co-chair of the International Tibet Network. Since 2016, Dorjee Tseten has been a Member of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile.

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Pema Doma

Campaigns Director

Pema began her social justice journey in 2010 as a youth community organizer with Boston Mobilization working in solidarity for racial, economic and environmental justice campaigns. In 2014, Pema spent 7 months teaching English at the Tibetan Children’s Village Vocational Training Center in Selaqui, India, where she enjoyed getting to know her students and watching cricket. Pema’s first official role within the Tibetan Freedom Movement was in 2016 as a Campaigns Intern for SFT International in New York. After her internship, Pema co-founded an SFT chapter at her university and served as the chapter’s first President. As an undergraduate student, Pema also interned with US Congressman Jim McGovern and US Senator Elizabeth Warren. In 2019, Pema officially rejoined the SFT International team as the USA Grassroots Coordinator! Pema is currently a Master’s candidate at American University studying Economics. In addition to her work with SFT, Pema also spends her time advocating for a Tibetan flag emoji #inserttibetanflag and has an appreciation for burritos and the Boston Celtics.

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Tenzin Yangzom

Grassroots Director

Tenzin Yangzom is from Boston, Massachusetts and is pursuing a degree in Education and Global Affairs. Yangzom’s passion for activism began at a young age, with a special interest in Political Prisoner campaigns. Most recently, she served as the Grassroots Coordinator and previously a Grassroots Intern with SFT International. Yangzom currently serves as an Advocacy Officer with the Tibetan Association of Boston, a community organization dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan language and culture through education and collaboration. Yangzom has also held a number of other nonprofit leadership roles in the past, 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. In the future, she hopes to continue her involvement and support of the Tibetan diaspora community in any way possible. In her free time, Yangzom enjoys hiking with her dog Phife.

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Tenzin Sonam

Operations Manager

Tenzin Sonam was born and raised in India and attended Tibetan Children’s Village School. After completing his studies, he worked at the Tibetan Chamber of Commerce in his position as Executive Director. In 2009, Tenzin joined Students for a Free Tibet India as the Development Director. During his time with SFT India, he helped start their merchandise project. He has also participated in SFT Free Tibet! Action Camp and Tibetan Action Institute’s Lhakar Academy: The Tibetan School for Leadership and Change. Tenzin Sonam received his Bachelor of Commerce from Pune University and Master of Business Administration from The Indian Institute of Planning & Management.

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Jacob Kessler

Jacob Kessler

Communications Director

Jacob is a 2018 graduate of Hunter College where he double majored in Political Science and Chinese. After graduating, he worked as an intern at China Labor Watch and OutRight Action International. Before joining SFT, Jacob worked as a paralegal at Aaron Halegua, PLLC on a case representing workers who were trafficked to the US by Chinese companies. He previously worked at SFT as a campaigns intern in 2017. Outside of work, Jacob is a volunteer English teacher and loves to study languages.

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Tenzing Lhamo Dorjee

Graphic Designer

Tenzing Lhamo Dorjee is a cartoonist, illustrator and designer. Born in Vancouver, Washington, Tenzing uses her skills in storytelling and humor to connect with other Tibetans around the world. In May of 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.

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Dechen Kelden

Dechen Kelden

Development Director

Dechen Kelden is a Kalmyk Mongolian and Tibetan activist and community organizer. She comes to SFT with years of fundraising and program development experience as a co-founder of the Kalmyk Youth Coalition and core organizer of the Tibetans of Mixed Heritage group. She is passionate about youth empowerment, cultural preservation and the inherent and fundamental right to human rights everywhere. Dechen is a long time supporter of SFT, as a former president of SFT chapters throughout middle school, high school and later at Sarah Lawrence College where she studied Social Psychology, focusing on diasporic communities who have experienced genocide and injustice.

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Lobsang Tseten

Campaigns Associate

Lobsang Tseten is a former Campaigns Director at SFT India office in Dharamsala. Prior to joining SFT India, he worked as the Asia Regional coordinator at International Tibet Network. Tseten began his activism at school and was the SFT Bangalore's Chapter coordinator. He has organized various Tibet awareness programs and coordinated Direct Actions in India against visiting Chinese dignitaries.

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National Network Staff

Tenzin Lhawang

Tenzin Lhawang

Interim SFT Canada National Coordinator

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.

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Rinzin Choedon

SFT India National Director

Rinzin has always been very active and dedicated when it comes to serving the community and helping others. She’s a passionate and dynamic Tibetan activist who believes in the power of youth and strategic nonviolence. Rinzin is also passionate about animal rights, environment, social justice and gender equality. She did her schooling from Tibetan Children's Village School. She has Bachelors and Masters degree in English Literature from Miranda House College, Delhi University. She joined Students for a Free Tibet ­India as the Grassroots Director in 2015, before becoming the National Director in 2019, and has traveled extensively across India visiting our chapters, holding numerous trainings, and inspiring youth.

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