Tauheedah Jackson serves as the inaugural Director of EdRedesign’s Institute for Success Planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She partners with local communities, nationwide, to design personalized, relationship-based systems of support for children and youth through cross-sector collaboration. EdRedesign, advances cradle-to-career, community-based personalized systems of support and opportunity for all children and youth, particularly those living in poverty and champions a broad, holistic model of child development and education that goes beyond schools. Prior to joining EdRedesign, she was the Director of Place Based Strategy & Community School Initiatives at the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL). In this role, she was responsible for engaging networks of leaders in local communities and supervising the programs, logistics, and daily operations of the national Coalition for Community Schools.
Tauheedah brings to EdRedesign nearly 24 years of experience working in youth development, local government, philanthropy, school districts and out-of-school time programs. As the previous 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. She also served as the Vice President for Strategic Partnerships for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford, after fulfilling several operations and program capacities within the organization.
A native of Bridgeport, Connecticut, Tauheedah is a first-generation college student. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College, in government and secondary education and holds a master’s degree in education policy and management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Tauheedah is a sought-after presenter and facilitator and serves on various nonprofit boards. She has received several awards recognizing her leadership in the field, including Hartford Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty. As a mother of 3 sons, Isaiah, Isaac, and Ian, she is committed to working toward ensuring more equitable access and opportunity for all.