Jordan Thierry is a Portland, Oregon native and a graduate of the University of Oregonâ€™s School of Journalism and Communication. While at the University of Oregon, he co-directed the Student Multicultural Center, served as President of the National Association of Black Journalists Chapter, and co-founded BRIDGES to Higher Education, a high school-to-college tracking program for high school students of color in Oregon. He also directed and produced the short documentary Footprints in the Struggle: The Beatrice Cannady Story, as his senior project. This short documentary aired on Oregon Public Broadcasting, and was nominated for a Regional Emmy in the Best Student Short Documentary category by the Northwest Chapter of National Association of Television Arts and Sciences in 2006.
Immediately following his graduation from the University of Oregon, Jordan went on to pursue a Masterâ€™s degree in the Mass Communications and Media Studies program at Howard University, where he finished in 2009. During graduate school, Jordan worked as a Program Coordinator at the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, specifically coordinating the Black Youth Vote! program. After a year of Americorps service as an educator in Newark, New Jersey, Jordan moved on to become a Program Associate at the Fundersâ€™ Committee for Civic Participation based in Portland, Oregon, where he currently resides. He is committed to seeking social change through rich dialogue and spirited action.