Hack the Hood appointed Terrence Riley as the organization’s new executivedirector on Oct. 10. (Photo by BlackPressUSA)

By Y’Anad Burrell,

Hack the Hood’s Board of Directors has named Terrence Riley as the new executive director. The organization’s mission is to provide youth and communities of color with tech skill-building programs and career navigation that are grounded in justice and support economic mobility.

Riley joins Hack the Hood from Aim High, the largest tuition-free academic enrichment summer program in Northern California, where he served as vice president.

When he was a middle school student, Riley participated in an Aim High program. Riley says that Aim High will always hold a special place in his heart. He would go on to receive his bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Southern California, and his master’s degree in Educational Administration and Leadership from the University of the Pacific.

“The Board of Directors is thrilled about Riley leading the next phase of Hack the Hood’s growth and expansion to better serve our stakeholders!”  said Jing Zhang, Hack the Hood’s Board chairman. “We are especially impressed by Riley’s deep commitment to tech justice, his professional experience in the space, and his unique ability to relate to and connect with the community we are serving!”

An avid and lifelong learner, Riley participated in the sixth cohort of the Allstate Foundation’s Non-Profit Executive Leadership Program at Kellogg School of Management. He would later go on to receive a DEI [Diversity and Inclusion] certificate from the University of South Florida.

Riley was also a member of the inaugural cohort of Bridging the Bay, a cohort-based executive leadership fellowship for C-level nonprofit leaders in the Bay Area sponsored by the Warriors Community Foundation, Generation Thrive, and Coro Northern California.

Riley brings extensive experience in providing thoughtful and inclusive leadership, budgeting, strategic planning, and programming for youth in the academic space.

“Terrence Riley has demonstrated his deep commitment to youth development and education through his 13 plus year tenure at Aim High. He will undoubtedly bring leadership and stability to our organization and lead us in the next steps of our vision,” said Samia Zuber, deputy director of Programs and Partnerships at Hack the Hood.

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