Terry Grobe is the Director of Youth Pathways in JFF’s West Coast office in Oakland, CA. Ms. Grobe plays lead roles in city, state, and national initiatives aimed at improving education and workforce outcomes for low-income students and older youth. Currently she serves as coach for Opportunity Works (JFF’s Social Innovation Fund initiative with the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions) and for the LEAP initiative (Annie E Casey’s Social Innovation Fund initiative). Both initiatives are focused on building education to career pathways for Opportunity Youth. Ms. Grobe works with the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions on the design and delivery of bi-annual cross-site learning institutes for the Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund, 24 city grantees building and connecting 16-24 year olds to career pathways. Formerly, she 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; and directed a Gates Foundation-funded Postsecondary Success Initiative, working with national youth-serving networks to improve postsecondary completion rates for older youth.
Ms. Grobe has been Director of Diploma Plus, a national alternative school model. She was 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. 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.