Terry Grobe is a director in JFF’s West Coast office in Oakland, California.
She works on regional efforts to support inclusive economic growth and leads an initiative that supports advocacy organizations to lend effective voice to higher education policies and practices. She has deep involvement with and experience in a range of efforts that support education and career success for young people who struggle in traditional public schools. In recent years, Terry served as a coach for Opportunity Works and the Annie Casey LEAP initiative. Both programs supported community-based organizations involved in efforts to create and test education-to-career pathways for opportunity youth—undertakings that are showing striking results and building key evidence for the field.
Terry led efforts to provide technical assistance cities receiving U.S. Department of Education High School Graduation Initiative grants. She directed a Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success initiative, working with national networks to improve postsecondary completion rates for older youth. This work resulted in the development of the Back on Track model that is the basis of JFF’s work with reengagement programs and their community college partners across the country.
Before joining JFF, Terry served as the director of Diploma Plus, a national alternative school model. She worked as a teacher and as a director in alternative high schools, served on the staff of the Boston Compact and worked as a project manager in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Education.