By Y’Anad Burrell
On October 10, 2022, Hack the Hood’s Board of Directors named Terrence Riley as the new executive director. The organization’s mission is to provide youth and communities of color with tech skill-building programs and career navigation that are grounded in justice and support economic mobility.
Riley joins Hack the Hood from Aim High, the largest tuition-free academic enrichment summer program in Northern California, where he served as the vice president of programs.
When he was a middle school student, Riley participated in an Aim High program, and the organization will always hold a special place in his heart. He would go on to receive his bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Southern California, and his master’s degree in Educational Administration and Leadership from the University of the Pacific.
“The Board of Directors is thrilled about Riley leading the next phase of Hack the Hood’s growth and expansion to better serve our stakeholders! We are especially impressed by Riley’s deep commitment to tech justice, his professional experience in the space, and his unique ability to relate to and connect with the community we are serving!” said Jing Zhang, Hack the Hood’s Board chairman.
An avid and lifelong learner, Riley participated in the sixth cohort of the Allstate Foundation’s Non-Profit Executive Leadership Program at Kellogg School of Management and received a DEI certificate from the University of South Florida.
Riley was also a member of the inaugural cohort of Bridging the Bay, a cohort-based executive leadership fellowship for C-level nonprofit leaders in the Bay Area sponsored by the Warriors Community Foundation, Generation Thrive, and Coro Northern California.
Riley brings extensive experience in providing thoughtful and inclusive leadership, budgeting, strategic planning, and programming for youth in the academic space.
“Terrence Riley has demonstrated his deep commitment to youth development and education through his 13+ year tenure at Aim High. He will undoubtedly bring leadership and stability to our organization and lead us in the next steps of our vision,” said Samia Zuber, deputy director of Programs & Programs, Hack the Hood.
For more information about Hack the Hood visit http://www.hackthehood.org
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