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Our National Teams
National teams have functional expertise in areas such as marketing, finance, IT, recruitment, and teacher preparation. They provide direction and support for our work all over the country.
- Finance & Administration
- Human Assets
- Information Technology
- National Development
- Office of the CEO
- Organization-Wide Strategy
- Program Continuum
- Program Continuum: Admissions
- Program Continuum: Communities & One Day
- Program Continuum: Leadership & Diversity
- Program Continuum: Operations
- Program Continuum: Strategy
- Program Continuum: Systems Leadership
- Program Continuum: Teacher Leadership Development & Regional Support Team
- Public Affairs & Engagement
- Regional Operations
Our team is the scaffolding that supports Teach For America’s operations. We oversee financial matters, including accounting, planning, strategy, analysis, grants management, and payroll. We also manage our facilities, our real estate strategy, and purchasing initiatives. As a team, we are committed to being a reliable partner, advisor, and support service to our staff, our regions and our communities as they work to realize our mission.
Teach For America is committed to being an inclusive and equitable workplace where individuals can grow and thrive. Our team is essential to sustaining that supportive environment. We find, empower, and develop people to do great work. We support them as they live our core values and maximize their impact with schools and communities. We also create opportunities for leadership growth, support the people priorities of other teams, and lead workforce needs like benefits, staff support, and systems administration.
We partner with every other team in the organization to create world-class technology solutions that allow us to work more effectively and efficiently toward our mission. To do so, we work with some of the biggest names in technology and leverage the latest software, equipment, and expertise. Our team works hard, but we also have a lot of fun. We have a teamwide Fun Committee that plans scavenger hunts, trivia nights, and themed potlucks where we get together to eat and enjoy each other’s company.
The National Development team builds and strengthens Teach For America’s philanthropic partnerships. Our team inspires donors to invest in the future of our country by investing in TFA’s work with students nationally and regionally. We help educate staff in the knowledge and practices of fundraisers. Our team is responsible for ensuring that our fundraising infrastructure supports and sustains TFA’s ambitious short- and long-term mission.
A small but mighty team, we make sure our organization’s overall strategy and operations are helping us effectively pursue and accomplish our goals. And, we’re not behind the curtains like so many head offices out there. Our CEO Elisa Villanueva Beard hosts staff chats to explore issues related to our work, meets regularly with teams throughout the organization to hear feedback, and is active on social media to stay connected to the broader education landscape. From speeches to Tweets and everything in between, Elisa use her voice and unique perspective to advance the conversation on educational equity while ensuring we all stay focused on our work with students, families, and communities.
The Organization-Wide Strategy team ensures Teach For America’s national and regional work is aligned in one strategic direction. Our team provides the structures, processes, data, and insights that ensure decisions that affect all of TFA are rooted in evidence and proven tactics.
The Program Continuum team provides a coherent and integrated leadership development experience for Teach For America’s admitted applicants, corps members, alumni, and staff. The Program Continuum team is comprised of the following umbrella teams:
- Communities & One Day
- Leadership & Diversity
- Systems Leadership
- Teacher Leadership Development & Regional Support
Teach For America’s work is about passionate people committed to making a difference in students’ lives. Our Admissions team is charged with building and strategically improving an equitable, effective admissions process to find those leaders. Last year, more than 44,000 people applied to join our corps, and 15 percent were admitted. Admissions decisions are tough, but our team prides itself on solving complicated problems through thoughtful research—always with an eye on what’s best for kids.
The Communities & One Day team builds community strength among corps members and alumni through involvement and digital engagement. We tell stories from our community that inspire action toward and belief in educational equity within our lifetime.
The Leadership & Diversity team works to dismantle limitations brought on by privilege and social structure. Our team helps shape mindsets, attitudes, and orientations about educational inequity and TFA’s work to end it. We build an organizational culture that supports the professional paths of our corps members, alumni, and staff. Our work combines values- and competency-based development to position individuals to lead and have an ever-growing impact with kids and communities.
The Program Continuum Operations team is responsible for events and programming that advance the leadership of our people in responsive, relevant, and effective ways. Our team’s goal is to advance engagement, growth, well-being, and leadership of our people. Overall, our goal is to build the environment needed to expand educational opportunity for all kids.
The Strategy team defines both TFA’s goals and the path necessary to achieve them. Our team aligns cross-organization priorities, drives learning, shares knowledge, and sparks innovation to ensure that all stakeholders have easy access to data and insights.
The Systems Leadership team supports our corps members and alumni interested in social entrepreneurship and school/school system leadership. We design and run leadership development programs and create opportunities for corps members and alumni to collaborate and learn. Everything we do is in service of strengthening a network of leaders committed to educational equity.
The Teacher Leadership Development & Regional Support team provides resources and experiences to help corps members, alumni, and school partners amplify their impact. Our team ensures corps members are set up for success with their students from day one, by creating and executing early admissions planning and summer institute training. Our aim is to provide strong foundational training and ongoing development so that students have the classroom and community leaders they deserve.
Our team’s mission is to build an understanding of educational inequity and Teach For America’s work. Our Communications sub-team generates media coverage that increases awareness of TFA and the broader movement to close the achievement gap. Our Marketing sub-team is focused on inspiring people to take action by crafting stories and sharing the experiences of our teachers, alumni, and communities through multichannel integrated marketing campaigns. And, our Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships sub-team builds and fosters strong foundational relationships within the broader coalition of individuals and organizations committed to ending educational inequity.
Educational inequity is a massive problem and too few of our generation’s leaders are working to solve it. Our charge is to reorient the priorities of those who populate college campuses and professional sectors, inspiring them to join Teach For America’s corps. We build a teaching force full of diverse, passionate, committed leaders who become lifelong advocates for their students. It’s challenging, but it’s incredibly rewarding. We celebrate our successes with friendly contests, virtual town halls, and team conferences that include optional Zumba and running groups.
Teach For America partners with 45+ urban and rural communities and counting. Each region has its own unique challenges and opportunities. Our team works with districts, community members, alumni, and other supporters to set the vision and direction for Teach for America in each region, in order to help that community expand educational opportunity. On Regional Operations, we’re constantly challenging one another to push our team—and all of our regions—to be their best.