Shiree Teng has worked in the social sector for 30+ years as a social and racial justice champion – as a front line organizer, network facilitator, capacity builder, grantmaker, and evaluator and learning partner. Shiree brings to her work a lifelong commitment to social change and a belief in the potential of groups of people coming together to create powerful solutions to entrenched social issues.

Shiree has an intimate understanding of the issues and challenges related to working in communities of color and dynamics of race, class, gender, culture and power. Having spent her life in the social sector, Shiree comes to the work from the perspective of building capacity and lasting relationships.

For 12 of the last 16 years, Shiree has worked as a Program Officer and Consultant to Packard Foundation’s Organizational Effectiveness program. She is a member of the national consultant pool for Building Capacity for Organizational Resilience and Renewal (BCORR) supported by a collaborative group of social justice funders. She is a member of the RoadMap, with roots in French American Charitable Trust’s Management Assistance Program. She has worked in the Mid-South Delta region and Benton Harbor, Michigan with Omowale Satterwhite, founder of NCDI. Shiree was the lead evaluator for Rockwood Leadership Institute, and led RLI’s learning and direction setting process using the basic tenets and principles of biomimicry.

Today, Shiree leads two statewide Developmental Evaluation teams, both of which are funded by The California Endowment. The first DE team is to track the progress of TCE's Sons and Brothers statewide advocacy and Youth healing and leadership efforts; the second is to support the LCFF community-parent-caregiver-student engagement work in Kern and Riverside Counties. Shiree also leads an evaluation team for East Oakland Building Healthy Communities. 

Shiree leads by serving, using a culturally-based approach and relying on core competencies of strategic thinking, listening and synthesizing, connecting, and defining and measuring success.

In Service of Our Beloved Community

For eight years, Shiree chaired the board of Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. Currently, she is on the boards of National Equity Project, Rockwood Leadership Institute and Forward Together. 

Shiree is also the Chair of the Oakland Unified School District's Measures A, B and J Facilities Bond Oversight Committee, responsible for citizenship oversight of $437M bond funds to upgrade school facilities, and the Co-Chair of the Claremont Middle School School Site Committee. 

In 2008, she received the Alliance of Nonprofit Management Capacity Builder of the Year Award, and was a member of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) National Conference Planning Committee.

 Shiree with her parents, circa 1961 in Hong Kong.

 Shiree with her parents, circa 1961 in Hong Kong.

Dennis, with sons Rumi and Maceo in Molokai'i, 2014.

Beloved pets Rosie and Peanut at Point Isabel, Richmond, CA.

Beloved pets Rosie and Peanut at Point Isabel, Richmond, CA.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Shiree is fluent in three Chinese dialects. Having lived and worked in Watsonville and Salinas with cannery and farmworkers, Shiree has a functional understanding of Spanish. She holds degrees in Social Welfare and Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. She lives in the Fruitvale District in Oakland with her partner, Dennis, and sons Rumi and Maceo and dogs, Rosie and Peanut. 

 

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO WORK WITH SHIREE

Here are a few things Shiree's been told by her coach of 15 years, Eileen Blumenthal, that working with her has these elements…

Not Business as Usual

L-R: Gina Acebo, Akonadi Foundation; Ruben Leal, CURYJ;  Melanie Cervantes, Akonadi Foundation; Shiree Teng; and Patricia St. Onge, Seventh Generation Consulting. 

L-R: Gina Acebo, Akonadi Foundation; Ruben Leal, CURYJ;  Melanie Cervantes, Akonadi Foundation; Shiree Teng; and Patricia St. Onge, Seventh Generation Consulting. 

  • Working with Shiree is not business as usual–only thing predictable is impact and results.
  • Shiree leads with passion and professionalism. Clients have to be up for going deep and being real.

  • She’s motivated by a profound longing for a more just world – this is not just an intellectual or academic process – it’s about systemic change and transformation.

  • She engenders hope and possibility.

  • Shiree’s energy is contagious. It’s clear she loves what she does and subsequently, she engenders trust and positivity.

 

Truth-Telling

National Indian Health Board retreat, Fall 2014

National Indian Health Board retreat, Fall 2014

  • Shiree’s a truth teller – she cuts through whatever is there and get to the heart of the matter; don’t indulge counter-productive or small minded stuff.
  • Great at finding commonality – common interests and common ground.

  • She sees the big picture and can operate at multiple altitudes at once.

  • She creates deep insight, solves problems and – most importantly – builds individual and organizational capacity.

  • She’s a force to be reckoned with. Ups the *game* for everyone and builds strength and clarity regardless of the process.

 

Not Afraid of the Muck

  • Her style is very intuitive – picks up, and addresses sub-text – unspoken dynamics; reveals what’s really going on by being authentic and inspiring authenticity.
  • She’s an inspired facilitator – builds trust, confidence and engagement at the outset and throughout. She makes it easy and fun for people to participate.

  • Shiree has deep skills and insights as an evaluator.

  • She’s skilled at synthesis – weaving together ideas and interests with a great blend of boldness and tact.

  • She’s not afraid of the muck – no glossing over or covering up.

  • She is effective in addressing complex dynamics – issues of power, privilege, differences.

  • Really seasoned and experienced and skillful, but not jaded or cynical.

 

Extraordinary Reputation

Rockwood Year-long Alumni retreat, Summer 2014

Rockwood Year-long Alumni retreat, Summer 2014

  • She enjoys an extraordinary reputation among clients – the most senior decision-makers and line staff folks on the ground.
  • She’s an influencer with astute judgment –judicious about offering an opinion; when she does, people listen and take note.

  • Shiree has great agility and fluidity -- equally comfortable gathering information, creating/managing processes, strategizing, building consensus; can dance or flex with whatever comes up.

  • She cares deeply and engages all out.

  • She’s naturally strategic but with a great deal of heart; smart and compassionate; unusual blend of hard and soft skills – organized, disciplined, AND compassionate.

  • Her rich life experiences inform her work.