Jidan Koon

Jidan is 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, she brings commitment to building grassroots power, love
for creativity, and conviction that short term reforms can serve radical
change. She is particularly passionate about centralizing spirit in
movement building, networked organizing, and motherhood as warrior
training. Since January of 2014, Jidan has been the Deputy Director for
Mobilize the Immigrant Vote, California. MIV builds the capacity of partner
organizations to activate and engage low propensity New American voters to
transform the political and policy landscape of California towards social
and economic justice.

Jidan’s field experience encompasses grassroots organizing, service
provision, and institutional reform in low-income people of color
communities. As a service provider, she founded mentoring and enrichment
programs for under-represented youth through Reach!, the East Bay Asian
Youth Center, and Stiles Hall. Through Youth Together, she launched a
multi-service youth center in Oakland that engaged the school community in
education reform campaigns and had over 20,000 service contacts per year.
An avid proponent of inside-outside organizing strategies, Jidan has also
held positions in public institutions as the Special Assistant to the
Superintendent in Oakland Public Schools and consultant to its Meaningful
Student Engagement Initiative.

Over the course of 7 years as a consultant, Jidan has provided curriculum,
strategy, planning, and organizational development support to dozens of
organizations and alliances including Alliance of Californians for
Community Empowerment, California Fund for Youth Organizing, Young People
For, San Francisco Immigrant Legal & Education Network, and the Climate
Justice Alliance. As a former Senior Fellow at the Movement Strategy
Center, Jidan focused on movement building through providing alliance
building support, facilitation, and training.

Jidan has a BA in Political Science and 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.

More writing by Jidan Koon: Beyond Nonprofit Models