In this 2024 kick-off episode, we jump into the beautiful, sometimes messy world of community engagement and social justice work alongside Tzedek's newest team member, Tera Coffey. In sharing her experience of working in the government grind to navigating the nuts and bolts of nonprofits, Tera's experience speaks to the innate truths and challenges of staying true to oneself while still pushing for collective progress. From the United Way to CoThinkk, and now as the Director of Community-Led Grantmaking at the Tzedek Social Justice Fund. Her comfort zone is that sweet spot where heart meets action. Our conversations take us from the personal to the professional as we unpack what it means to authentically connect with others, and how we can hold space for tough conversations without losing our cool or compassion.
About Tera: Tera Coffey kickstarted her career as an organizer focused on creating impactful messaging and building strong community-driven outreach while leading Get Out The Vote (GOTV) campaign operations during the 2016 Presidential election in Florida and the 2020 election in Detroit. Her government experience includes legislative policy analysis and strategy, communication development, and constituent and organizational relationship building in Texas at both state and county levels. She brings her passion for racial equity and relationship cultivation to her philanthropic service, consulting with Western North Carolina-based funders as a facilitator and thought partner in building grant systems and accountability measures necessary to drive deep, systemic change.
Whether you're here for our perspective on what binds us in the work for collective liberation or just curious about the latest and greatest from the Tzedek universe, this episode's buzzing with real talk and real solutions. So come on in, the water's great—just ask Tera about her bath goodies—and let's soak up some transformative ideas together.
We'll see you same time, same place next month. Until then, peace.