Nada Djordjevich

Executive Director and Writer, Research

Nada Djordjevich is a writer, educator, and consultant with more than 15 years experience supporting schools, communities, and arts organizations.

Nada Djordjevich's Bio:

 

Career Overview: Strengthening Schools, Nonprofits, and Community Agencies
Nada Djordjevich is a consultant with more than fifteen years experience working to strengthen schools, communities, and arts organizations. Founder and executive director of West Coast Strategic Consulting Services, she was the previous executive director of Gibson and Associates. She has supervised and managed teams of consultants supporting city agencies, school districts, institutes of higher education, and non-profits. As a consultant, Nada Djordjevich secured more than $35 million in private, state, and federal funding for STEM education, early childhood, literacy, and college-career readiness programs and initiatives.  As an educator, she has taught history, English language development, study skills and creative writing. She has worked as an academic dean, and as a grade-level chair, and in public and private high schools, as well as community college and non-profit educational settings.

Evaluation and Nonprofit Support
Nada Djordjevich is experienced in both qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods. In 2013, she was selected to lead a multi-year external evaluation team for a $29 million Race to the Top District grant for the New Haven Unified School District in California. For this project, she developed research instruments including focus groups, interview protocols and survey questionnaires as well as tools to support quality review of student outcome data and classroom instructional strategies. She has evaluated several other long-term high-profile projects and programs including two National Science Foundation grants, six Math and Science Partnership grants, two Smaller Learning Community high school grants and one early childhood education program.

Literary and Film Arts
Nada Djordjevich is strongly committed to the arts. She taught creative writing at City College of San Francisco, co-founded an online literary magazine called On the Page, and is a member of Bay Area Women in Film and Media. She has won honors and awards for both fiction and screenwriting. Recent public readings and literary events, include the 2018 Joan Didion Power Hour in New York City, the 2017 Litquake literary festival in San Francisco, and the 2016 LitCamp Basement Series. Three of her screenplays have placed in competitions. She was selected to participate in several writing residencies and conferences including Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Southampton Writers Conference, Vermont Studio Center and the Colorado Writers Workshop. She volunteers for 826 Valencia.

Strategic Planning and Facilitation

Nada Djordjevich has worked on several strategic planning processes, and has developed logic models for programs, evaluations, and grants. She has experience facilitating meetings and leading inclusive processes with multiple stakeholders. She has presented at numerous school board meetings, outlining the progress of schools and district initiatives. She has also designed engagement processes. For example, she led the outreach process that supported the inclusion of 400 individuals and 24 agencies in the development of a local plan to address climate change in the Unincorporated Areas of Alameda County. Recently she created a best practice guide for municipal funding for community agencies and non-profits used by the City of Berkeley and shared by other municipalities. The guide included methods for soliciting requests for proposals, evaluating programs, and support for collective impact programs to address systemic issues in high poverty neighborhoods. Approved by the California Department of Education as a District Assistance Intervention Team Provider, Nada Djordjevich worked to develop 3-year local education agency plans with 5 school districts, including 2 of the 10 largest school districts in California.

Partial Client List
Her recent client list includes the following:

 

  • San Francisco Unified School District
  • The California Academy of Sciences
  • Marin County Office of Education
  • Girls Inc. of Alameda County
  • Super Stars Literacy
  • New Haven Unified School District
  • Marin County Office of Education
  • Cal State University East Bay
  • The City of Berkeley
  • Alameda County
  • Elk Grove Unified School District
  • Antioch Unified School District
  • Pittsburg Unified School District
  • San Rafael City Elementary School District

 

Nada Djordjevich's Experience:

  • Founder and Executive Director at West Coast Strategic Consulting Services

    Established a consultancy to group to advance the work of innovative nonprofits, school districts, university programs, and city agencies.

  • Executive Director at Gibson and Associates

    Developed successful proposals resulting in more than $35 million in grants. Worked with city governments and nonprofits to evaluate programs and monitor progress. Worked with more than 40 schools and 10 school districts to institute reform.

  • Co-Founder and Editor at On the Page Magazine

    Produced and edited an online literary magazine. Selected and solicited submissions and held fundraising and arts events. Supervised editorial staff.

  • Adjunct Faculty at City College of San Francisco

    Taught creative writing courses for continuing education program at Ft. Mason Art Campus. More than 50% of enrolled students were returning students from prior classes. Received outstanding evaluations.

  • Web Manager at Clif Bar & Co

    Produced web content including sponsored athletes profiles and product profiles. Launched web media buys and e-newsletter. Despite decreased budget, increased audience by more than 100% and expanded direct contacts by geography, age span and gender.

  • Teacher at Packer Collegiate Institute

    Taught 8th, 9th and 10th grade history. Served as grade-level chair, and co-director of digital portfolio project.

  • Director of Auxiliary Operations at Teach for America

    Directed logistics for 500 corps members at the University of Houston.

Nada Djordjevich's Education:

  • UC Berkeley

    Bachelor of Arts, History
    Activities: History Thesis: Impressionism and the Construction of Gender in Modern France
  • Harvard University

    Ed.M. , Administration, Planning and Social Policy
    Activities: Member: Harvard Graduate Council Fellow: Harvard/Facing History and Ourselves Research Assistant: Dr. Richard Elmore
  • UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television

    Professional Program: Screenwriting

Nada Djordjevich's Interests & Activities:

Nada Djordjevich enjoys camping, cycling and running. In 2016, she completed Cycle Oregon, a 400-mile ride along the southern coast of the state. A former bicycle trip leader for Backroads Travel Company, she loves cycling, and as much as possible uses her bike to commute and for her daily activities. She has also completed the New York City Marathon, the North Face Endurance Run in Tennessee Valley and San Francisco, and Night Sweats, a midnight half-marathon run in Marin County. She also enjoys downhill skiing, hiking and backpacking. Nada grew up in a household of pets. Rescue dogs in particular have been a big part of her life. Nada Djordjevich has been very involved in the literary arts, and has been a committed volunteer with 826 Valencia as a writing tutor at San Francisco Unified's Downtown High School, as part of the Acting for Critical Thought partnership with ACT. She is a member of several non-profit organizations including San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, SF Tri Club, and SF MOMA. Nada Djordjevich loves to travel, but also appreciates the beauty and grace of everyday life. She likes to combine street photography with scenic images. You can view some of her city and travel photography on her Instagram, Flickr and Tumblr accounts.