Terry Grobe is the Director of Youth Pathways in JFF’s West Coast Office in Oakland, CA. Terry is involved with city, state, and national initiatives aimed at improving education and workforce outcomes for low-income students and older youth. Ms. Grobe currently works with the Aspen Institute for Community Solutions on design and delivery of bi-annual Institutes, providing direction for 23 Opportunity Youth Initiative Fund sites building career pathways for the many 16-24 year olds that are disconnected from school and work in this country. She serves as coach for west coast communities building pathways for older youth through JFF’s and the Aspen Institute’s recent Social Innovation Fund Grant. Terry also provides project design support and coaching for CA sites forming regional Hubs of Excellence to scale and sustain Linked Learning, an education approach that integrates rigorous academics with career-based experiences.
Ms. Grobe has led JFF’s technical assistance efforts--in partnership with The Millennium Group-assisting 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—YouthBuild USA, The National Youth Employment Coalition, and The Corps Network—to improve postsecondary completion rates for older youth.
Before joining JFF, Ms. Grobe 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 at 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. Ms. Grobe holds a Bachelor's in education from the University of Nebraska and a Master's of Education in secondary school administration from Northeastern University.