Dolores G. Terrazas joins The Unity Council as the new Associate Director of Children & Family Services as of March 2020. She has extensive experience in the field of early education including serving as the Director of Children Services for Mission Cultural Center in San Francisco and has served and consulted with agencies within the Bay area.
In her professional path, she has acquired a wealth of experiences dedicated to working in communities where economic and social change are a major factor in transforming the lives of children and their families. She has worked in post-secondary education, local and national government and two-generation and direct operated organizations with very vulnerable communities. She has a deep practice-based background in early education, family engagement, board governance, and team intersectionality.
Dolores earned her BA in Liberal Studies and History from San Francisco State University and her MA from New Mexico State University in Education – Curriculum and Instruction.
“It is my belief that as stewards of early education opportunities for children, we are charged to create the magical experiences for children, where their minds, bodies, and souls are enriched, challenged, and motivated to partake in their early trajectory of self.” Paulo Freire, the Brazilian educator and philosopher who was a leading advocate of critical pedagogy said, “No one is born fully-formed: it is through self-experience in the world that we become what we are.”
Dolores is a native San Franciscan and has lived in the East Bay for the past 17 years. She currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) in San Francisco whose mission is to strengthen low- and moderate-income Latino families by promoting economic equity and social justice through asset building and community development.