National Board of Directors

Wendy Kopp
Founder and Chair of the Board
Teach For America

Wendy Kopp is the founder and chair of the board of Teach For America. She proposed the creation of Teach For America in her undergraduate senior thesis at Princeton in 1989 and spent more than 20 years working to grow the organization’s impact. Under her leadership, Teach For America’s nearly 38,000 participants have reached more than 3 million children nationwide during their two-year teaching commitments. They have sustained their commitment as alumni, working inside and outside the field of education to ensure educational excellence and equity for all children.

Kopp is also chief executive officer and co-founder of Teach For All, a global network of independent social enterprises which are working to expand educational opportunity in their nations by recruiting and developing their nation's most promising future leaders to commit two years to teach in high-need areas and become lifelong leaders for educational excellence and equity. Teach For All seeks to accelerate and increase the impact of network organizations, including Teach For America, by deepening commitment to the unifying model around the world, collaborating with network organizations to develop and adapt best practices, fostering global networks of staff members, participants, and alumni, and generating access to additional resources internationally.

Kopp is the author of the Washington Post bestseller A Chance to Make History: What Works and What Doesn’t in Providing an Excellent Education for All and One Day, All Children: The Unlikely Triumph of Teach For America and What I Learned Along the Way. She is also the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards for public service. She resides in New York City with her husband Richard Barth and their four children.

 


 

Our National Board of Directors plays a critical role in developing Teach For America’s strategic plan and ensuring that we are able to meet the ambitious goals we set for ourselves.  We are deeply grateful for the advice, support, and advocacy our Board members provide.

Thomas H. Castro
Founder and CEO
El Dorado Capital, LLC

Maxine Clark
Founder, Chief Executive Bear & Chairman
Build-A-Bear Workshop®

Patricia J. Crawford
Retired - Senior Vice President
Enterprise Diversity & Inclusion
Wells Fargo

Millard Drexler 
Chairman and CEO
J. Crew Group

Paul Finnegan
Co-CEO
Madison Dearborn Partners

Lew Frankfort
Chairman & CEO
Coach, Inc.

David Gergen
Professor of Public Service
Director of the Center for Public Leadership
Harvard University

Randall H. Harbert 
Senior Vice President
State Farm Insurance Companies

Walter Isaacson (Chairman Emeritus)
President & CEO
The Aspen Institute

David W. Kenny
Chairman and CEO
The Weather Channel Companies

Joel Klein
CEO, Education Division
Executive Vice President, Office of the Chairman
News Corporation

Wendy Kopp (Chair)
CEO & Co-Founder
Teach For All

Matthew Kramer 
Co-CEO
Teach For America

John Legend
Recording Artist and Philanthropist

Sue Lehmann
Management Consultant

Michael L. Lomax
President & CEO
United Negro College Fund

Stephen F. Mandel, Jr. (Treasurer) 
Managing Director
Lone Pine Capital, LLC

James M. McCormick
Founder, CEO & President
First Manhattan Consulting Group

Darla Moore
Vice President
Rainwater, Inc.

Richard D. Parsons (Lead Director)
Senior Advisor
Providence Equity Partners, Inc.

Richard S. Pechter
Alumnus, Teach For America
Retired Chairman, DLJ Financial Services

Greg Penner
General Partner
Madrone Capital Partners

Nancy Peretsman
Managing Director
Allen & Company, LLC

Arthur Rock
Principal
Arthur Rock & Co.

Vince Roig
Chairman
Helios Education Foundation

Paula A. Sneed (Chair, National Council)
Retired Executive Vice President
Kraft Foods, Inc.

Sir Howard Stringer
Chairman 
Sony Corporation

Kurt Strovink
Director
McKinsey & Company

Lawrence H. Summers
President Emeritus
Charles W. Eliot University Professor
Harvard University

Beverly Daniel Tatum
President
Spelman College

Sara Martinez Tucker
Former Under Secretary of Education (2006)
Former President & CEO of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Elisa Villanueva-Beard
Co-CEO
Teach For America

José H. Villarreal
Senior Advisor
Akin Gump

Gregory W. Wendt
Senior Vice President
Capital Research Company

Margaret “Meg” Whitman
President & Chief Executive Officer
Hewlett-Packard Company

Jide Zeitlin 
The Keffi Group Ltd.

 

 

National Board: Lifetime Directors

Our Lifetime Directors played a critical role for many years in developing Teach For America’s strategic plan and ensuring that we are able to meet the ambitious goals we set for ourselves. We are deeply grateful for the advice, support, and advocacy that our Lifetime Directors continue to provide.

John Hotchkis
Founder, Chairman & CEO
Ramajal, LLC

Sherry Lansing 
CEO
Sherry Lansing Foundation

 

 

National Council of Regional Board Chairs

Our National Council is comprised of the chairs of each of our regional advisory Boards.  This group provides critical oversight of our regional operations and shares best practices that help us maximize our local impact.

Rich McClure
(St. Louis)

President
UniGroup, Inc.

Joseph Aluise
(Greater New Orleans)

Senior Counsel
Entergy Services Inc.

Steve Betts
(Phoenix)

President and CEO
SunCor Development Company

Katherine Bradley
(D.C. Region)

President
City Bridge Foundation

Steve Luquire
(Charlotte)

CEO & Founder
Luquire George Andrews

H. Mitchell D’Olier
(Hawaii)

President & CEO
Kaneohe Ranch Management Limited

G. Douglas Edwards
(Memphis)

Retired CEO
Morgan Keegan

Paul Finnegan
(Chicago)

Co-CEO
Madison Dearborn Partners 

Jason M. Fish
(Bay Area)

Co-Founder and Director
Alliance Partners, LLC

Robin Golden
(Connecticut)

Selma M. Levine Clinical Lecturer 
Yale Law School

Richard Green
(Kansas City)

The Calvin Group

Robert J. Hall 
(Greater Philadelphia)

Principal
Andesite Holdings

Steven T. Halverson
(Jacksonville)

Chief Executive Officer
The Haskell Company

Cordell Haymon
(South Louisiana)

Vice President
SGS Petroleum Service Corporation

John Herrera
(Rio Grande Valley)

General Manager
Magic Valley Electric Cooperative

Dave Horne
(Eastern North Carolina)

Partner
Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan

Jack Lowell
(Miami-Dade)

Vice Chairman
Flagler Real Estate Services LLC

Jan Rivitz
(Baltimore)

The Aaron and Lillie Straus Foundation
 

Phil Jacobs
(Metro Atlanta)

Senior Consultant 
Coxe, Curry & Associates 

Zack Neumeyer
(Colorado)

Chairman
Sage Companies

Scott Nuttall
(New York)

Partner
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.  

Lori Vetters
(Houston)

Regional President, Houston Gulf Coast
Wachovia

Dana Zucker
(Greater Newark)

Independent Consultant

Mark Hill
(Indianapoils

Managing Partner, Collina Ventures, LLC

 

University Champions’ Board

We are extremely fortunate to have a dedicated group of college presidents and chancellors supporting our efforts to grow and diversify the movement to end educational inequity.

Bruce Benson
President
University of Colorado, Boulder

Robert J. Birgeneau
Chancellor
University of California, Berkeley

Kim Bottomly
President
Wellesley College

Richard Brodhead
President
Duke University

Grant Cornwell
President
The College of Wooster

Scott S. Cowen
President
Tulane University

Michael Crow
President
Arizona State University

Amy Gutmann
President
University of Pennsylvania

Freeman Hrabowski
President
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Michael V. Martin
Chancellor
Louisiana State University

Dr. Daniel Porterfield
President
Franklin & Marshall College

Beverly Daniel Tatum (Chair)
President
Spelman College

Holden Thorp
Chancellor
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Shirley M. Tilghman
President
Princeton University

 

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