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