• The challenge looms large with more than 300,000 students attending failing schools.

  • With visionary district leadership and an unprecedented focus on teacher effectiveness, we have an opportunity to help create groundbreaking reform in the nation’s second-largest school system.

About Los Angeles

Los Angeles has long been a city calling to those in search of new opportunity. From the Gold Rush that brought Mexican settlers traveling north through California and the building of the Transcontinental Railroad on which thousands of Chinese laborers arrived, to African Americans who came for work during World War II and the influx of immigrants and fame-seekers from around the world, millions have flocked to LA in pursuit of the American Dream.

Despite the great hope our city represents, we are failing to deliver on its promise for many of our children. In 2011, the federal government labeled nearly 75% of the schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District failing based on low test scores. Sadly, Latino and African-American students are more likely to attend these lower-performing schools and have less effective teachers than their white and Asian peers.

But Los Angeles is a city of reinvention, and hundreds of innovators are working alongside the community to create change for its students. Teach For America - Los Angeles is proud to have been a partner in this work for over 20 years. More than 600 corps members and alumni in Los Angeles teach over 45,000 students every day. Dozens of our alumni have expanded their reach to school leadership and political and social entrepreneurship endeavors. In neighborhoods where inequities persist, more and more top-performing schools are being built on the shoulders of alumni, supporters, and the community at large.

Teach For America - Los Angeles corps members, alumni, and staff believe that change is possible, and we are motivated to reach the day when schools in our city are once again considered “the best in the West.”

Connect With Us

606 South Olive Street Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Tel 213-489-9272 x34197
Fax 213-489-9383

Executive Director

Lida Jennings
Lida Jennings brings 23 years of professional experience across multiple sectors to Teach For America Los Angeles.

Prior to joining the organization in 2010, she spent 10 years as a senior leader in higher education. Most recently, Lida served as Assistant Dean at the RAND Corporation for the Pardee RAND Graduate School and the Director of the Marshall MBA Program at the University of Southern California. Before relocating to Los Angeles for graduate school in 1998, she spent eight years in corporate retail management in San Francisco, in both store and buy-side leadership roles at Macy’s and The Gap.  Since joining Teach For America Los Angeles, Lida has held multiple roles on the leadership team, including Managing Director of Strategy, Talent, and Operations, and Managing Director of District and School Partnerships.  She has a BA in psychology from Smith College, an MBA from USC Marshall School of Business, and a Doctorate in Education from the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Lida has extensive experience volunteering for non-profit organizations throughout California; she currently serves as a board member for Endeavor College Prep, a charter middle school in East Los Angeles, and is a member of the Loyola Marymount Graduate School of Education Board of Visitors. 

Regional Stats

1990
YEAR TFA ARRIVED
205
Corps size the first year
255
Total corps size this year
2040
ALUMNI IN THE REGION
63%
Percent of Alumni in Education
60
ALUMNI SCHOOL LEADERS
Data valid as of: Aug 2014