Jeff Tiell

Jeff Tiell joined the Jim Joseph Foundation as a Program Associate in January, 2015. In this role, he assists grantees through the grant making process and provides grantee support in creating opportunities for meaningful Jewish learning across the country.
In 2012, he moved to the Bay Area to accept an AmeriCorps VISTA position with the Oakland Unified School district. Jeff has most recently worked for Encore.org, a social change organization focusing on utilizing the skills and experience of those in mid-life and beyond to improve communities. In his role at Encore, he was responsible for providing strategic and operational advice to grantees and organizations. Additionally, Jeff participated with American Jewish World Service Global Justice Fellowship and also held a Jeremiah Fellowship.
Prior to his work in Oakland, Jeff was pursuing a Ph.D. in urban planning, education, and community development at the University of Maryland, and found great inspiration in the study of social justice movements throughout the United States. He has interned with the Philadelphia City Planning Commission and the educational consultation group, Research for Action. He has also written on issues of educational equity and policy for the Washington, D.C. social policy tank, the Center for the Study of Social Policy. He participated in a week long social justice organizing and education workshop at the Highlander Center for Research and Education in eastern Tennessee in May 2012.
Jeff is active in Rabbi Noa Kushner’s The Kitchen, a flourishing Bay Area organization that celebrates Jewish holidays and rituals. Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Jeff was lead to social justice activism at an early age through his parents who have for the length of their careers advocated and worked for the rights of the vulnerable and less fortunate as Jewish communal professionals.
Jeff lives in Oakland. He has a Masters in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and an A.B. from Brown University.