Tauheedah Jackson serves as the deputy director for IEL’s Coalition for Community Schools. She is responsible for engaging local communities and supervising the programs, logistics, and daily operations of the Coalition.
Tauheedah brings to IEL nearly 20 years of experience working in youth development, local government, philanthropy, school districts and out-of-school time programs. She previously served as the vice president for Strategic Partnerships for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford. Most recently, as the director of the Hartford Partnership for Student Success, Tauheedah led a cross-sector collaborative partnership that founded and funded the local community schools initiative in Hartford, Connecticut. Under Tauheedah’s leadership, Hartford Community Schools became locally and nationally recognized as an exemplar for its systems-building work. During her time at the Hartford Partnership for Student Success, Tauheedah was elected by her peers to serve as co-chair for IEL's Coalition for Community Schools Leadership Network and as a member of the Coalition’s steering committee.
A native of Bridgeport, Connecticut, Tauheedah is a Connecticut College graduate and first-generation college student with a background in government and secondary education. She is a sought-after presenter and trainer, and sits on various nonprofit boards. She has received several awards recognizing her leadership in the field, including Hartford Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty in 2013.