Our Teams

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Khadijah Abdullah
Executive Director
80
Active Corps
Members
180
Active
Alumni
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Josh Sparks
Executive Director
40
Active Corps
Members
170
Active
Alumni
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Jared Henderson
Executive Director
110
Active Corps
Members
200
Active
Alumni
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Courtney Cass
Executive Director
225
Active Corps
Members
810
Active
Alumni
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Paul Keys
Executive Director, Bay Area
340
Active Corps
Members
2 500
Active
Alumni
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Katie Campos
Executive Director
30
Active Corps
Members
40
Active
Alumni
50
Active Corps
Members
220
Active
Alumni
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Tim Hurley
Executive Director
190
Active Corps
Members
370
Active
Alumni
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Aneesh Sohoni
Executive Director
460
Active Corps
Members
2 600
Active
Alumni
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Sean VanBerschot
Executive Director
200
Active Corps
Members
1 200
Active
Alumni
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Nate Snow
Executive Director, Connecticut
200
Active Corps
Members
570
Active
Alumni
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Adele Fabrikant
Executive Director
160
Active Corps
Members
2 600
Active
Alumni
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Cary Wright
Executive Director
360
Active Corps
Members
750
Active
Alumni
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Laurisa Schutt
Executive Director
40
Active Corps
Members
110
Active
Alumni
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Tiffany C. Taylor
Executive Director
150
Active Corps
Members
710
Active
Alumni
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Andrew Lakis
Executive Director
280
Active Corps
Members
820
Active
Alumni
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Ben Schumacher
Executive Director
200
Active Corps
Members
580
Active
Alumni
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Kira Orange Jones
Executive Director & Senior Vice President
270
Active Corps
Members
960
Active
Alumni
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Charles Barrett Adams
Executive Director
180
Active Corps
Members
1 200
Active
Alumni
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Leslie Daugherty
Executive Director, Greater Tulsa
390
Active Corps
Members
320
Active
Alumni
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Jill Baldemor
Executive Director
170
Active Corps
Members
240
Active
Alumni
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Tiffany Cuellar Needham
Executive Director
280
Active Corps
Members
1 400
Active
Alumni
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Tony Ashton
Executive Director
20
Active Corps
Members
30
Active
Alumni
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Amar Patel
Executive Director
170
Active Corps
Members
350
Active
Alumni
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Darryl Willie
Executive Director
170
Active Corps
Members
185
Active
Alumni
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Chris Rosson
Executive Director
120
Active Corps
Members
300
Active
Alumni
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Sean Parker
Executive Director
230
Active Corps
Members
250
Active
Alumni
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Lida Jennings
Executive Director
180
Active Corps
Members
2 300
Active
Alumni
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Josh Biber
Executive Director
220
Active Corps
Members
1 900
Active
Alumni
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Athena Turner
Executive Director, Memphis
300
Active Corps
Members
360
Active
Alumni
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J. DeLano Ford
Executive Director, Metro Atlanta
170
Active Corps
Members
1 200
Active
Alumni
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Maxeme Tuchman
Executive Director
220
Active Corps
Members
460
Active
Alumni
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Garrett Bucks
Executive Director
130
Active Corps
Members
440
Active
Alumni
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Barbara Logan Smith
Executive Director
280
Active Corps
Members
220
Active
Alumni
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Tia Morris
Executive Director
180
Active Corps
Members
1 100
Active
Alumni
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Nate Morrison
Executive Director
60
Active Corps
Members
180
Active
Alumni
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Charissa Fernández
Executive Director
590
Active Corps
Members
4 700
Active
Alumni
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Nafeesha Irby
Executive Director
50
Active Corps
Members
110
Active
Alumni
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Holly Davis Trifiro
Executive Director
130
Active Corps
Members
230
Active
Alumni
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Art Serna Jr.
Executive Director, Oklahoma City
390
Active Corps
Members
320
Active
Alumni
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Lauren Chianese
20
Active Corps
Members
60
Active
Alumni
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Katie Tennessen Hooten
Executive Director
190
Active Corps
Members
870
Active
Alumni
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Kristine Frech
Executive Director
60
Active Corps
Members
150
Active
Alumni
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Dr. Paula Garcia
Executive Director
130
Active Corps
Members
170
Active
Alumni
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Laura Saldivar Luna
Executive Director
150
Active Corps
Members
290
Active
Alumni
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David Lopez
Executive Director
50
Active Corps
Members
290
Active
Alumni
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Josh Bell
Executive Director
170
Active Corps
Members
240
Active
Alumni
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Jim Curran
Executive Director
60
Active Corps
Members
60
Active
Alumni
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Laura Vinsant
Executive Director
120
Active Corps
Members
230
Active
Alumni
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Ben Lindy
Executive Director
70
Active Corps
Members
190
Active
Alumni
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Brittany Packnett
Executive Director, St. Louis
110
Active Corps
Members
510
Active
Alumni
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Patricia McKee
Interim Executive Director
70
Active Corps
Members
590
Active
Alumni
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Tony Byrd
Executive Director
50
Active Corps
Members
730
Active
Alumni

Our National Teams

  • 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
  • Recruitment
  • 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:

  • Admissions
  • Communities & One Day
  • Leadership & Diversity
  • Operations
  • Strategy
  • 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.