Dyanna Loeb is a community organizer, Jewish educator and artist born and raised in the Bay Area. Over the past decade, she has worked with numerous NGOs focused on supporting marginalized youth and the worldwide Jewish community. As a high school student, Dyanna took advantage of the many innovative Bay Area nonprofits, gaining extensive hands-on training in fundraising and community outreach as Event Production Chair/Poet-Mentor for Youth Speaks and Grant Writer for Youth Movement Records. She has facilitated workshops and taught at Temple Sinai, Peninsula Temple Sholom, and Jewish Youth for Community Action, incorporating spoken word with exploration of Jewish identity and culture. As a participant in Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv-Yafo, she coordinated prenatal and postnatal health services for refugee women and mentored youth in South Tel Aviv after-school programs. She also studied at Haifa University International School and worked with the development team at a Feminist Center in Haifa, Israel. While a Student-Teacher at UC Berkeley with June Jordan’s Poetry for the People, Dyanna implemented curriculum on Mizrahi poetics and history. She holds a BA in Ethnic Studies from Mills College, where she completed research projects on Mizrahi feminist activism and fertility politics in Israel.
Dyanna also leads a flourishing artistic life as an MC, writer and dancer. She recently completed her first full-length poetry collection,5771, to be published by First Word Press in 2014. She has performed at national & international venues including the San Francisco Opera House, Project Heartbeat in Jerusalem, and Amnesty International’s “Make Some Noise for Darfur” benefit in Portland, OR. Her music is featured on several compilations, most recently “Legacy EP” (UnitedRoots). You can also find her dancing in the streets every May in San Francisco’s Carnaval parade, which is undoubtedly the highlight of her year!
A focal point of her art and community organizing is raising awareness around Jewish diversity and growing understanding of how truly multicultural our people are. She is thrilled to be a new member of JIMENA’s team and have an opportunity to support their mission.