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Nada Djordjevich has more than 15 years experience working to improve the lives of individuals and communities through education, community development, and the arts. She facilitated grants resulting in more than $35 million for literacy, STEM, and college and career programs. Her best-practice research aided cities in identifying needed policy changes in municipal funding. Her outreach design resulted in the participation of over 400 individuals in the development of a community climate action plan.

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Nada Djordjevich, Ed.M.

Executive Director

Nada Djordjevich, Executive Director of Gibson and Associates, has worked in education, research, and development for more than 15 years. A graduate of Harvard University and UC Berkeley, she crafted dozens of successful grants resulting in more than 35 million dollars to improve outcomes for youth and families throughout California.

Nada Djordjevich facilitated strategic plans for non-profit agencies and several school districts, including 3 of the 10 largest districts in California. For the City of Berkeley, she helped to provide systemic evaluation and technical assistance to help the city refine their evaluation process and request for proposals. For the County of Alameda, she developed an extensive outreach campaign involving more than 400 individuals and 25 agencies in providing input into the development of their community climate action plan.

For four years, Nada Djordjevich led the evaluation of a $29 million Race to the Top District grant in California, as well as a National Science Foundation grant to recruit STEM teachers in the Bay Area. She has also conducted several evaluations of early literacy, science, and vocational training programs. She has presented on qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods at the California Department of Education, and most recently at the Oakland Literacy Coalition.

Nada Djordjevich has a long-standing commitment to film and literary arts, and to teaching. A member of Bay Area Women in Film and Media, she has won honors and awards for both fiction and screenwriting. She writes short stories, reviews, essays, and has conducted interviews such as this one, with Dr. Carol Dweck of Stanford University, on developing a growth mindset . She will be presenting at this year's Litquake literary festival in San Francisco. She taught writing as an adjunct faculty member of City College of San Francisco, and also taught history at The Packer Collegiate Institute in New York City. She served as Academic Dean for the Center for Talented Youth program at Johns Hopkins University, and was the Director of Auxiliary Operations for Teach for America.

Nada enjoys running, soccer, and backpacking with her family and friends. An avid cyclist, she has been a member of SF Tri Club for several years.

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