Jed Oppenheim

Program Director

Jed joined the Foundation in 2022 as its Program Director overseeing the foundation’s portfolios in the Midwest and Western part of the United States.

Jed is an advocate with close to 15 years’ experience doing and supporting work in Mississippi and the southeast focused on ending the school-to-prison pipeline, and supporting community-led transformation efforts around education, family economic security and food systems. Before joining the foundation, Jed was a program officer with the W. K. Kellogg Foundation’s place-based office supporting communities throughout Mississippi and New Orleans. There he managed a portfolio supporting grassroots, racial justice leaders focused on education, family economic security and food systems.

Prior to his work at the Kellogg Foundation, Jed was Director of Community Engagement at the local United Way and a long-time advocate at the Southern Poverty Law Center in Mississippi, focused on education and youth justice. He also served close to four years on the Jackson Public School Districts Board of Trustees, serving over 25,000 students, their families and educators focused on education equity and building authentic youth voice into the decision-making. Prior to coming to Mississippi, Jed spent time working on youth focused and led issues in Indonesia, Rwanda, Ghana, California, and South Africa.

Jed recently completed an education doctorate from the University of Southern California. He also holds a masters from Teachers College in New York and a bachelors from University of California, Santa Cruz.