Jordan Wilson-Dalzell

Development Associate

Jordan Wilson-Dazell has thrived in several roles in the nonprofit sector serving women's rights, high-quality education, and economic empowerment. Her work experience with Global Fund for Women and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation strengthened her dedication to supporting the growth of grassroots community based organizations. 

At Global Fund, she participated in development strategy meetings as well as larger organization projects.  Having just returned from study abroad in Ecuador, her strong Spanish skills enabled her to support the Latin America team in the field by translating updates from grantee partners into English for the development team to share with English speaking donors.  She created hundreds of reports on projects funded by Global to share with funders the far reaching impact and community support their donations supported. As a development intern, she also supported her supervisors at fundraising events, building connections with Bay Area attendees passionate about intersectional feminism. She worked under the development officer who managed large partnerships, and foundation donors learning how to craft meaningful connections between Global and potential funders. She developed a guide on accessible crowdfunding as part of this work. 

While interning at Silicon Valley Community Foundation, she worked closely with the development team focused on education projects around early childhood education. As a preschool teacher herself, ensuring that all children in San Mateo county had access to developmentally appropriate quality preschool was incredibly important to her. They worked with organizations like First Five, dedicated to supporting parents and children in the first five years of crucial growth in collaboration for the Big Lift project, focusing on delivering those resources to vulnerable communities. 

A large issue perpetuating the opportunity gap is summer learning loss. The lack of quality summer camps and programs often places a burden on working class families without the access to safe childcare or places to reinforce key academic skills that require practice to develop mastery. While due to classism, and systems of economic inequalities, privileged families with financial stability can dedicate summer time to travel, field trips, and enriching experiences valued in Eurocentric education and measured on standardized tests. Families who must work don’t have the same flexibility to craft the same learning opportunities to expand vocabulary and exposure. During her internship, her goal was to find local summer programs to fund that offered high quality. Ideally, programs would be whole child based, education that would both close the opportunity gap around exposure and experiential learning and support and value all that low income students carry with them into the classroom. 

 

She has performed on multiple slam poetry teams and as a mentor, loves amplifying her students’ voices, on and off the stage. Her work as an educator and community builder enables her to facilitate strong relationships between philanthropists and organizations.She is also a writer and the author with Baptism by Flame Productions. Jordan earned her BA in Chicanx Studies and Creative Writing from Pitzer College. A lifelong learner of creative writing and social justice-based teaching, she is currently pursuing an MFA from the California Institute of Integral Studies. At Good Cause Group, she plays a vital role supporting clients with fundraising and community outreach efforts in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

 

A voracious reader, she loves losing herself in a book and a cup of tea. As a lifelong student, she is constant learning from all parts of her life and hopes to never lose that curiosity, passion and drive to develop new community building skills. She loves developing her language abilities especially reconnecting with her heritages. She loves ethically collaborating with marginalized community organizations to support their work on the ground.

 

Blessed with an opinionated strong character for a dog, she enjoys documenting the bizarre facial expressions and eerily human mannerisms of her American staff. Her partner and her likely spend too much time creating humorous captions for their goofy cozy obsessed dog.

 

Jordan earned her BA in Latin American Studies and Creative Writing from Pitzer College. A lifelong learner of creative writing and social justice-based teaching, she is currently pursuing an MFA from the California Institute of Integral Studies. At Good Cause Group, she plays a vital role supporting clients with fundraising and community outreach efforts in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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