To facilitate a retreat for a 13 organization, multi-ethnic network like ours can be a challenge because each member organization has it′s own interests, personalities, and political analyses. Jidan′s strong facilitation and direction helped us come together with a shared vision and understanding to move our work forward.Carolyn Tran, former Coordinator,
San Francisco Immigrant Legal and Education Network (2009)
I am a second generation Chinese American, born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. As an artist, organizer, and community builder for the past 20 years, I bring commitment to building grassroots power and love for creativity. I am particularly passionate about centralizing spirit in movement building, networked organizing, and motherhood as warrior training. Currently, I serve as the Deputy Director for Mobilize the Immigrant Vote (California) and engage in independent consulting projects alongside my organizational commitment.
I have a BA in Political Science with 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. I live in Oakland, California with my husband, Bryant Terry and our two daughters.
For projects that require a team that possesses a variety of skills sets, please contact me to explore working through one of my consulting affiliations.
The master of the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which; he simply pursues his vision of excellence in whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both.Buddha
I believe in…
Zen Buddhism is my spiritual path and serves as a foundation for my value system. I would like to bring this practice more explicitly into my consulting work. If you are open, we can explore together.
Development of movement building, organizing, and leadership development curriculum. Delivering training, developing training for trainers, and leading training teams of youth and/or adults for larger groups.
Agenda design and facilitation of small to medium sized (5-30 people) retreats and meetings. Management of facilitation teams for larger groups.
Leading, advising, and/or developing program, project, or organizational planning processes.
Developing proposals, articles, research reports, and other written products.
Jidan is an attentive listener and visionary leader in helping organizations and multi-system partnerships. Jen Lee, Deputy Director of Operations, Asian Health Services
You can also take a look at my consulting and community affiliations.
The Fifth Round Gathering (2011)
Started in 2006, Aepoch Fund was a small experimental foundation supporting people, organizations and movements engaged in transformational work to create the conditions for all people and the planet to thrive. The Aepoch Fund convened their youth serving community healing grantees in February of 2011 before the Fund sunset. The participants designed the Fifth Round Gathering as a time for youth serving healers to cleanse and replenish themselves. I took the grantees’ lead on agenda development and held the group through a series of peer led ceremony and activities. The gathering served 12 people from six agencies.
The participants created a foundation of deep sharing and relationship from which emerged a sense of a shared endeavor. The group created a vision for engaging in shared fundraising, programming, and several concrete next steps to explore the possibility of deeper collaboration.
Jidan is a highly skilled facilitator who not only shapes a meeting with needed structure, but brings that rare ability to intuitively open up to the structureless moments in group life that call in the mystery and allow for something deeper to unfold. Our group was able to go to places of healing that it wouldn’t have gone to otherwise without Jidan′s intentional, soulful, intuitive guidance. I highly recommend her!Zak Sinclair
Staff Retreat and Organizational Planning (2007 and 2008)
The Ruckus Society provides environmental, human rights, and social justice organizers with the tools, training, and support in direct action organizing to achieve their goals. The Ruckus Society holds annual staff retreats for team building and planning. I had the honor of facilitating them for two years while my husband did the cooking for the team!
The Ruckus staff created their annual program plans, streamlined their organizational structure, and healed a conflict between two of the staff members.
Jidan helped The Ruckus Society to move through a brick wall! She was patient, took in all perspectives and balanced planning with team building. She grounded us spiritually; creating space for us to see ourselves rooted and strong. She was also flexible enough to stop and facilitate a tense mediation between two people who really needed resolution in order for the planning process to continue. The organization is much healthier having worked with her! Adrienne Marie Brown, former Executive Director
Strength From Within Capacity Building Proposal (2010)
The Movement Generation Justice & Ecology Project provides in-depth analysis and information about the global ecological crisis and facilitates strategic planning for action among leading organizers from urban Bay Area organizations working for economic and racial justice in communities of color. In 2010, the San Francisco Foundation launched a three year capacity building initiative called Strength From Within to support organizations devoted to grassroots organizing and addressing environmental injustices. I had the privilege of consulting for Movement Generation on developing their Strength From Within proposal through facilitating a needs assessment process and integrating the results into a written proposal.
The San Francisco Foundation awarded Movement Generation a two-year capacity building grant.
Jidan’s professional range and versatility was evident throughout the process – she connected well with staff; she completed a thorough and incisive assessment of the organization; she did a tremendous job synthesizing our goals, aspirations and challenges into a coherent and easily digestible document. We have revisited this capacity building assessment various times as a roadmap and tool for our organizational growth!Mateo Nube, Co-Director
National Chinatown Youth Center Initiative planning process
(2007 – 2010)
Responding to a call from the community after the murder of a Mongolian young woman, the National Council on Crime and Delinquency’s Asian Pacific Islander Community Response Plan collaborative took on manifesting a youth center in the Oakland Chinatown area. I facilitated the planning process involving 20+ cross sectoral stakeholders.
The Chinatown Youth Center Initiative launched a beta-phase youth center called The Spot in 2011 that included a shared program framework, fiscal sponsorship, hiring of a director, pilot collaborative programming, and a youth advisory council.
[Jidan sought] the cooperation and advice of community based organizations, elected officials, schools, facilities developers, and youth themselves. Jidan is a talented facilitator that keeps the group on track with an inclusive, thoughtful, and flexible approach. Jidan has been indispensable in the planning process because she anticipates what needs to be done next, thinks about the best strategies to move forward, and is a partner who wants to accomplish the goals as much as the group does. Isami Arifuku, Research Director
Project Manager for organizational development and training(2006 – 2009)
Young People For (YP4) identifies young people who are campus and community leaders today, and engages them in the broader progressive movement by empowering them with the knowledge, strategies, and skills they can put to work to promote positive, sustainable change in their communities. As an associate at Movement Strategy Center, I project managed a team of seven that assisted YP4 in deepening their college fellowship program. I also lead the 13 person training team to implement the curriculum we developed during their national summit in 2007, 2008, and 2009.
The YP4 leadership team developed a theory of change, organizing methodology, National summit structure, and a multi-day training for college student activists called a Blueprint for Social Change. YP4 trained over 600 college activists in 3 years. We intentionally transitioned the training team from outside contractors to alums of the YP4 program within those 3 years.
Jidan is a great partner in our work. She is thoughtful, collaborative, and open minded. We rely on her for her great insight and her dedication to our mission, our fellows, and our strategies for social change. On a personal note, I always look forward to calls with Jidan. She is passionate, intelligent, easygoing, and kind. I trust her to put the interests and needs of our fellows first.Rachel Burrows, former Fellowship Director
Jidan is a lot of fun! I enjoy [and] look forward to our planning and check in meetings.Raquel Jimenez, Community Engagement Coordinator, Oakland Unified School District (2010)
Projects related to the following would especially excite me: writing, organizing efforts outside of non-profits, distributive networks, ecological justice, spiritual or meditation retreats, scenario planning and futures thinking with social justice applications, and anything to do with Grace Lee Boggs!