Tera L. McIntosh, PhD
Tera McIntosh received her BS from Slippery Rock University in Recreation Therapy, her MS from Carlow University in Non-Profit Management, and her PhD from Antioch University in Leadership and Change. Her doctoral work focuses on building community capacity, collaborative and restorative communities/practices, action research, asset-based community development, relational and grassroots leadership, organizational development, social entrepreneurship, social capital, experiential learning/education, positive deviance, study circles and gangs and violence.
Now residing in Columbus, OH, Tera serves as the Central Ohio Member Relations Coordinator for Foresters, a fraternal benefit society where she both secures funding for and implements community service programming and a volunteerism network. She also concurrently holds positions of Program Officer for the Ohio Hispanic Coalition and City Manager for the neighborhood social network, Nextdoor.com. Tera is the co-founder of Project Coffeehouse, a nonprofit that launches coffee shops in emerging areas whose revenue is redirected back into the immediate community. She is also the co-founder of the Young Steel Youth Poetry League and the Pittsburgh Poetry Collective, the city’s only spoken word non-profit organization for youth and adults. Tera is a performance slam poet who has competed at the national level in both 2012 and 2013. And most recently, co-founded Gay for Good Columbus, a social welfare and environmental service nonprofit in Columbus, OH. She sits on the board for Angry Capitalist Ventures, a social entrepreneurship nonprofit out of Cincinnati, OH, and also The Garden of Peace Project, a nonprofit based in Pittsburgh, PA that works specifically with transgender, gay, and lesbian youth and adults. Prior to her appointment at Antioch University, Tera taught/facilitated for the Center of Lifelong Learning and Development at Slippery Rock University along with guest teaching roles at Carnegie Mellon’s Osher School of Learning, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Gangs, Drugs and Violence Program.