Terri Ferinde is working to create a new learning system where schools and communities work together. She works with organizations focused on both in- and out-of-school learning to develop networks, strategize new initiatives and build capacity. Terri was named one of the top 25 most influential people in afterschool in 2014 by the National AfterSchool Association.
For more than a decade, Terri has managed the National Network of Statewide Afterschool Networks funded by the C.S. Mott Foundation with 50 statewide networks and partnerships focused on policy and funding for high-quality afterschool programs across the country.
Terri is the publisher and author in the groundbreaking compendium, Expanding Minds and Opportunities, Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning Programs for Student Success. She serves as director of the Expanded Learning and Afterschool Project, a 50-state initiative harnessing the power of networks and leaders to help schools and communities leverage the time beyond school to accelerate student achievement by sharing research on high quality expanded learning; identifying and spreading best practices in afterschool and summer learning; and sharing affordable, sustainable and effective expanded learning approaches.
As a partner at Collaborative Communications Group, she has managed, facilitated and supported groups that expand learning opportunities for clients including STEMNext, 100Kin10, The Wallace Foundation, the NoVo Foundation and more. Prior to her role at Collaborative, Terri served for 10 years at the U.S. Department of Education where she produced a live, interactive television program featuring school and community leaders. For this work, she was recognized as a Fellow with the Council for Excellence in Government. She holds a master's degree in public administration and a bachelor's degree in communications and government from the American University.
In her community, Terri serves on the board of the Greenbrier Learning Center, an afterschool and summer learning program serving students in Arlington, VA. She is a former PTA president and school-board appointed chair of an out-of-school time advisory committee.