National teams have functional expertise in areas such as marketing, finance, recruitment, and teacher preparation. They provide direction and support for Teach For America’s work all over the country. Read more about each team.
Our National Teams
- Collective Leadership and Engagement
- Human Assets
- Information Technology
- Legal Affairs, Risk, and Compliance
- Marketing and Communications
- National Administration
- National Development
- Office of the CEO
- Organizational Learning and Strategy
- Public Partnerships
- Regional Operations
- Teacher Leadership Development
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 continuously improving—an equitable, effective admissions process to find those leaders.
In 2015, more than 44,000 people applied to join our corps. Only 15% were admitted. Admissions decisions are tough, but our Admissions team prides itself on solving complicated problems through thoughtful research and with an eye on what’s best for kids.
The Collective Leadership and Engagement (CLE) team inspires Teach For America alumni to fulfill their potential and continue working toward "One Day" throughout their lives.
Teach For America believes that if it creates the conditions for its people to self-direct, self-organize, and focus on the important issues in the movement toward education equity, it will have a thriving theory of change. Teach For America’s network of diverse, remarkable, powerful, and convicted leaders will take on the massive and complex challenges of educational inequity. The CLE team works to support alumni along the way.
The Finance team ensures that Teach For America has the financial resources and reputation to get to the organizational vision of "One Day."
The team oversees all financial matters, including accounting operations, planning and analysis, grants and contracts administration, and payroll processes
Teach For America is committed to being an inclusive and equitable workplace where individuals can grow and thrive. The Human Assets (HA) team is essential to sustaining that supportive environment.
The HA team finds, empowers, and develops people to do great work. It supports them as they live out Teach For America’s core values and maximize their impact with schools and communities. The HA team also creates opportunities for leadership growth, supports the people priorities of teams, and leads workforce needs like benefits, staff support, and systems administration.
The Information Technology (IT) team is passionate about technology and collaboration to make a difference for Teach For America staff and corps members.
IT partners with every other team to create technology solutions that allow everyone to work more effectively and efficiently on the way to ensuring "One Day." To do so, IT works with some of the biggest names in technology to leverage the latest software, equipment, and expertise.
The Legal Affairs, Risk, and Compliance team provides legal and strategic advice to all Teach For America regions and national teams. Its team of attorneys practice in a wide range of substantive areas, including employment law, administrative law, nonprofit law, trademark and copyright protection, general compliance, and education law.
Its day-to-day work often includes partnering with staff members to manage questions of law and policy; creating training materials for organizational compliance such as copyright and lobbying; and drafting and negotiating contracts with other partner entities and vendors.
The Marketing and Communications team generates media coverage to increase awareness of Teach For America on a national level. It strategically partners with other teams to provide insights, analytics, event execution, digital support, and creative assets that bring our brand to life.
The National Administration team manages all of Teach For America’s facilities, as well as oversees real estate strategy and purchasing initiatives.
The team’s work is everywhere, but it feels most successful when it operates so seamlessly that others never know it’s there—keeping the wheels turning so teams across the country can focus on expanding opportunities for kids and communities. That said, when it comes time for collaboration, team bonding, and organizational events, the National Administration team is front and center.
The National Development team builds and strengthens Teach For America’s philanthropic partnerships. The team inspires donors to invest in the future of the country by investing in Teach For America's work with students nationally and regionally.
The National Development team helps educate staff in the knowledge and practices of fundraisers. The team is responsible for ensuring fundraising infrastructure supports and sustains the organization’s ambitious short- and long-term mission.
A small but mighty team, the Office of the CEO makes sure Teach For America’s overall strategy and operations are effectively pursuing and accomplishing goals.
It’s not behind the curtains like so many head offices out there. 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 uses her voice and unique perspective to advance the conversation on educational equity, while ensuring everyone stays focused on the vital work with students, families, and communities.
The Organizational Learning and Strategy team is charged with accelerating Teach For America's organizational learning and helping to ensure that the resulting knowledge drives strategic and tactical decisions at every level of the organization.
The team accomplishes this by leading internal and external research efforts; ensuring that data, analytics, and reporting are driving impact at every level of the organization; organizing knowledge management work; and providing central expertise and consultative support on how adults most effectively learn, adapt, and change.
The Public Partnerships team’s mission is to build an ever-expanding and increasingly diverse movement of leaders in the private and public sectors committed to educational excellence and opportunity for all children. It is responsible for enabling and accelerating Teach For America’s impact by:
- Building partnerships with schools, districts, supporters, government, community organizations, and other education institutions
- Developing and executing the optimum growth and corps member placement strategy to increase the teacher corps in existing and new sites
- Raising financial support to enable growth and operations
The Recruitment team works to enlist the country’s most promising future leaders in the movement to eliminate educational inequity. It works to identify and inspire thousands of potential corps members on college campuses and from multiple career sectors to apply to and join Teach For America. It’s also responsible for meeting our organization’s ambitious goals for the growth and diversity of our corps along racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic lines.
The charge of the Regional Operations team is to foster the individual and collective leadership of each region’s executive director (ED) and board chair, alongside senior leaders in the organization, in pursuit of maximizing Teach For America’s contributions in communities.
The Regional Ops team partners with regional boards to attract, hire, and retain EDs; facilitates rigorous learning and collaboration among regional leadership, boards, and the national organization; and builds the conditions and infrastructure for regions to meet their commitments for autonomy, accountability, and affiliation.
The Teacher Leadership Development (TLD) team provides resources and experiences to help corps members, alumni, and school partners amplify their impact. The TLD 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.
The TLD team’s aim is to provide strong training and ongoing development, so that students have the classroom and community leaders they deserve.