Acting Program Director, Expanding Access to Opportunity
Jidan Terry-Koon is a second generation Chinese American born and raised in the Bay Area. As an artist, organizer, and community builder for the past 20+ years, she brings commitment to building grassroots power, love for creativity, and conviction that short-term reforms can serve radical change. She lives in Oakland with her husband Bryant Terry and their two daughters.
Jidan’s field experience encompasses grassroots organizing, civic engagement, service provision, and institutional reform led by low-income people of color communities towards racial and economic equity. Prior to joining the foundation, she served as the Deputy Director for Mobilize the Immigrant Vote and played a critical role in launching the YVote project to build a powerful millennial of color voting bloc in California. As a service provider, she founded mentoring and enrichment programs for under-represented youth through Reach!, the East Bay Asian Youth Center, and Stiles Hall. Through Youth Together, she launched a multi-service youth center in Oakland that engaged the school community in education reform campaigns and had over 20,000 service contacts per year. An avid proponent of inside-outside organizing strategies, Jidan has also held positions in public institutions as the Special Assistant to the Superintendent in Oakland Public Schools and consultant to its Meaningful Student Engagement Initiative.
Since the beginning of Jidan’s consulting practice in 2006, she provided strategy, planning, training, and organizational development support to dozens of philanthropies, organizations, and alliances including the Akonadi Foundation, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, California Fund for Youth Organizing, Young People For, and Movement Generation. As a former Senior Fellow at the Movement Strategy Center, Jidan focused on movement building through providing alliance-building support to the Climate Justice Alliance and the Alliance for Educational Justice.
Jidan has a BA in Political Science and a minor in Education from the University of California at Berkeley and a Masters of Public Policy with a certificate in Urban and Regional Planning from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.