Terry Grobe is the director of Youth Pathways in JFF's West Coast office in Oakland, California. Terry is involved with city, state, and national initiatives aimed at improving education and workforce outcomes for low-income students and older youth.
Terry currently works with the Aspen Institute for Community Solutions to design and deliver biannual Institutes for Opportunity Youth Initiative Fund sites. The national convenings provide direction for 22 communities utilizing a collective impact strategy to build education to career pathways for the many 16-to-24-year-olds who are disconnected from school and work. She serves as a coach for West Coast communities building pathways for older youth through JFF and the Aspen Institute’s work under a recent Social Innovation Fund Grant. Terry also provides project design support and coaching for CA sites forming regional Hubs to scale and sustain Linked Learning, an education approach that integrates rigorous academics with career-based experiences.
Additionally, Terry has led JFF’s technical assistance efforts—in partnership with The Millennium Group—to assist High School Graduation Initiative grantees (29 states and districts) to strengthen and sustain a range of dropout prevention and recovery strategies. Formerly, she led a Gates Foundation–funded Postsecondary Success Initiative, working with national youth-serving networks to improve postsecondary completion rates for older youth.
Before joining JFF, Terry developed and co-convened (with the Boston Private Industry Council) the ongoing Youth Transition’s Task Force working to reduce dropouts in Boston. She has been a teacher and director of alternative high schools, on staff at the internationally recognized Boston Compact, and project manager in the Governor’s Education Office in Massachusetts.
Terry holds a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Nebraska and a master's degree in secondary school administration from Northeastern University.