Teems Tulfo

Associate Director of Community Impact

Fatima “Teems” Tulfo is a driven advocate for community empowerment. As a project specialist, she began working for Kern Community Foundation in April 2022. Teems currently serves as the Associate Director of Community Impact. Born in Los Angeles and raised in Bakersfield, she brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her work. Teems graduated from South High in 2008. Teems had the opportunity to attend California State University Northridge through the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), a program for disadvantaged, high-potential, first-generation college students. She earned her BA in Asian American Studies in 2013 and went on to complete her Master’s degree in the same field at San Francisco State University in 2015. Her research focuses on Filipina American women caregivers, recognizing the importance of advocating for individuals whose experiences are often overlooked.

After spending time in the Bay Area, Teems returned to Bakersfield in 2020, where she had previously made a notable impact as a Program Director for a before and after-school program. She is excited to engage with the community and make a positive difference with her diverse expertise. In her downtime, Teems finds joy in gardening and playing video games alongside her partner Frein and their son Freiny.