Terri Ferinde


About Terri

“While we might feel small, separate, and all alone, our people have never been more tightly tethered. The question’s not if we will weather this unknown, but how we will weather the unknown together.” ― Amanda Gorman The Miracle of Morning

Terri is a connector, convenor, and communicator who believes that all young people should have opportunities and supports to explore their passions and achieve their dreams. She excels at bringing together like-minded organizations and people to support a vision for a well-rounded education that meets each student’s unique academic needs, learning styles, and interests.

For 30 years, she has created and led solutions and systems that build capacity in networks, foundations, nonprofits, and education organizations that address inequity and help children and youth learn and thrive. A champion for afterschool learning, in 2014, Terri was named one of the 25 most influential people in the afterschool sector by the National AfterSchool Association. Known for her work in afterschool systems building, she manages the 50 State Afterschool Network funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

Terri is the publisher of and a contributing author to the groundbreaking compendium focused on afterschool and summer learning, Expanding Minds and Opportunities, and the publisher of a companion collection, STEM Ready America. She has managed hundreds of convenings–from small task forces to large conventions–bringing to each a sharp focus on outcomes that lead to student success.

At Collaborative, Terri leads teams that develop innovative solutions with extraordinary results and lasting impact, offering deep expertise in education, out-of-school time learning, and youth development with exceptional skills in media and engagement, organizational learning, events, and digital solutions. Her specialties include strategic communications, network development, design and management of both live and virtual convenings, complex project management, facilitation, speech writing, and video production.

Prior to her work 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 is the past board chair of Aspire! Afterschool Learning, has served as a PTA president, and was appointed by the Arlington, Virginia school board to chair an out-of-school time advisory committee.

Terri is currently an Ed.D. candidate at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College focused on organizational leadership and learning. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from George Mason University and a bachelor’s degree in communications and government from American University.

Eliza Panike

Senior Associate

About Eliza

“The world needs a sense of worth, and it will achieve it only by its people feeling that they are worthwhile.” ― Fred Rogers

Eliza has long understood that strong, vibrant communities are built by providing young people the tools and resources they need to succeed. For the last decade, she has built her career supporting government and non-profit organizations working to improve the lives of children and families. Most recently, she developed key messaging and content for delivering Common Sense Media’s ratings and reviews to parents and caregivers. Prior to that, she provided support to California’s First 5 system through program management, event planning, and public policy campaigns.

Eliza excels at project management and will be using her skills to create effective communications campaigns for her clients.

Born and raised in Northern California, Eliza currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology with an emphasis in child development from San Francisco State University.

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