Collaborative Communications Group’s Terri Ferinde Dunham Named to National AfterSchool Association’s “Top 25 Most Influential People in Afterschool”

Recognizing afterschool leaders whose service, research and action influence and impact large numbers of children and families, the National AfterSchool Association (NAA) has named the 2014 “Top Most Influential People in Afterschool.” Collaborative Communications Group Partner Terri Ferinde Dunham is one of this year’s honorees.

“The most influential people in afterschool are those working day to day with young people to spark interests and fuel passions,” Dunham said.  “I am grateful to be able to support those afterschool professionals and the systems-builders at local, state and national levels to expand learning opportunities across the nation. Our team at Collaborative Communications Group has worked in ways large and small, often convening afterschool leaders, educators, policymakers, researchers and others to ensure afterschool and summer learning programs are high-quality, accessible and affordable.”

For more than a decade, Dunham has managed the National Network of Statewide Afterschool Networks funded by the C.S. Mott Foundation now with 47 statewide networks and partnerships focused on policy and funding for high-quality afterschool programs across the country. She also 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.

Dunham 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 led the development of Collaborating to Build a New Day for Learning for the National Association of Elementary School Principals and has guided a range of afterschool-related efforts in states and communities across the country.  Locally, she serves as board chair of Greenbrier Learning Center, an afterschool and summer learning program in Arlington, VA.

“Terri’s creative, thoughtful and entrepreneurial ideas and solutions have helped develop the afterschool field.” Collaborative Founding Partner Kris Kurtenbach said. “As an organization, we are fortunate to work on a daily basis with so many of the leaders named to this list, and we are truly fortunate to have a passionate, effective voice such as Terri’s helping lead Collaborative.”

NAA is the membership association for professionals who work with children and youth in diverse school and community-based settings to provide a wide variety of extended learning opportunities and care during out-of-school hours. Members include afterschool program directors, coordinators, sponsors, front-line staff, school leaders, principals, teachers, paraprofessionals, board of education members, nonprofit leaders, advocates, community leaders, policymakers, researchers and others. Dunham and the Collaborative team guide and develop the professional development provided at the annual NAA Convention.

The full list of 2014 honorees includes:
*    Matthew Boulay, National Summer Learning Association
*    Jim Clark, Boys & Girls Clubs of America
*    Jessica Donner, Every Hour Counts
*    Terri Ferinde Dunham, Collaborative Communications Group
*    Ayeola Fortune, United Way Worldwide
*    Lucy Friedman, TASC (The After-School Corporation)
*    Ellen S. Gannett, National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST)
*    Jodi Grant, Afterschool Alliance
*    Robert Halpern, Erikson Institute
*    Cliff Johnson, National League of Cities
*    Sylvia Lyles, U.S. Department of Education
*    Jim Murphy, Council on Accreditation
*    Judy Nee, AlphaBEST Education, Inc.
*    Neil Nicoll, YMCA of the USA
*    Gil Noam, Harvard University
*    Ben Paul, After-School All-Stars
*    Terry Peterson, Afterschool and Community Learning Network
*    Sam Piha, Temescal Associates
*    Karen J. Pittman, The Forum for Youth Investment
*    Shannon Rudisill, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
*    Carla Sanger, LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program
*    Jennifer Sirangelo, National 4-H Council
*    Charles Smith, David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality
*    Deborah Lowe Vandell, University of California Irvine
*    Tom Wyatt, Knowledge Universe-United States

“These leaders bring positive attention and investment to the field of afterschool,” said Gina Warner, National AfterSchool Association executive director.