In addition to being the social, economic, and cultural hub of the southeast, Atlanta is a city with a prolific past that has borne witness to some of the most significant moments in American history. In the 1960s, Atlanta was a major organizing center of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and students from Atlanta's historically black colleges and universities playing major roles in the movement's leadership.
Atlanta was one of the main staging grounds for the civil rights movement. Yet in the decades since, the city has not fulfilled the hope of equal opportunity for all.
A diverse group of corps members and alumni are working to improve the lives of Atlanta’s kids and live up to the dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King.
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Growing up in North Carolina, where his school principal was also the church deacon, DeLano’s childhood was shaped by a tightknit community who cared deeply about their children. Yet, struggling as a freshman at Morehouse College, DeLano became aware that, despite having loving people in his life, his community high-school experience had not fully prepared him with all he needed academically. Ultimately graduating with honors, with the support of his family and Atlanta community, DeLano committed himself to reinvesting in his new home of Metro Atlanta and to finding solutions to educational inequity.
Prior to joining TFA, DeLano served as Deputy Superintendent of Transformation with the Louisiana Recovery School District and as the Chief Operating Officer of KIPP New Orleans Schools. He began his career as a business consultant and was a Broad Resident. DeLano earned a Bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College and an MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell University.