Staff Biographies

Rob Tufel photoRob Tufel, MSW, MPH

Chief Executive Officer

Rob Tufel, MSW, MPH, brings more than 25 years of experience working in the non-profit sector where he created, implemented and managed a variety of innovative social service, research and health programs. He began his career volunteering in the LGBTQ community as well as working in low-income communities impacted by HIV which deepened his passion and dedication to health. He has also worked as the Executive Director of Cancer CAREpoint, a non-profit organization in Silicon Valley that provides free support services to cancer patients and their families; the Executive Director of the Ben and Catherine Ivy Foundation, the nation’s largest private funder of brain cancer research; and the Executive Director of the National Brain Tumor Foundation, a non-profit organization that provided patient and caregiver support and funded research. Rob has volunteered at numerous organizations including the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, the Susan Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Axis Dance Company and Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara. He currently volunteers on the board of BOSS (Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency) and the Kaiser Oakland Member Advisory Council. He received his B.A. from Oberlin College and Masters’ Degrees in Social Welfare and Public Health from U.C. Berkeley.


Margaret StaufferMargaret Stauffer, LMFT

Chief Mission Officer

As Chief Mission Officer for Cancer Support Community San Francisco Bay Area, Margaret is responsible for managing mission delivery and maintaining the high quality of the Cancer Support Community’s comprehensive cancer support services. She develops new program components, supervises the clinical team, and ensures that program services are available and accessible to as many people affected by cancer as possible.  Since she began at Cancer Support Community San Francisco Bay Area, she has grown the annual number of individuals served by 60% and the utilization of our services by close to 50%.  She has also implemented services in Spanish and grown programs for children affected by cancer.

Margaret is the Master Trainer for Open to Options, a decision support program that is used across Cancer Support Community affiliates. She is one of the authors published research about the intervention. She has served as Chair of the National Council of The Wellness Community.  She also served on the Public and Environmental Health Advisory Board for Contra Costa County.

A licensed marriage and family therapist, Margaret has extensive experience in working with the chronically ill and their loved ones, including those with cancer, diabetes, and other health challenges.