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We are delighted to announce that Tera Coffey has joined our team as the new Director of Community-Led Grantmaking! Tera has extensive experience in community engagement, fundraising, strategic planning, and process development, focusing on equitable outcomes and social change.
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.
As the founder of Tera Coffey Consulting, Tera offers strategic guidance in community engagement, communication, marketing, and fundraising for political and non-profit organizations. Tera holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Economics from Franklin University Switzerland. She moved to Asheville from Houston, Texas, her hometown, in search of community with her husband, Nathan, their dog, Karl Barx, and two cats, Pistacchio and Cassie. She has a passion for all things fine arts, political activism, travel, and cooking.
We look forward to evolving our community-led grantmaking processes and practices as we continue serving our mission to redistribute money, resources, and power to support systems change and community healing in Asheville, North Carolina.