Our National Teams
- Alumni Affairs
- Finance and Administration
- Growth, Development, and Partnerships
- Human Assets
- Information Technology
- Office of the Co-CEOs and President
- Public Affairs and Engagement
- Recruitment Team
- Regional Operations Team
- Teacher Preparation, Support, and Development Team
- Strategy, Innovation, and Organizational Development
At its core our work is about putting people into classrooms and other leadership positions where they can make a difference in students’ lives. The Admissions team is central to that goal. Last year, more than 50,000 people applied to join our corps, and we admitted 14 percent of applicants. Admissions work is tough, but our team prides itself on solving complicated problems through thoughtful research, always keeping our core value of diversity—and what’s best for kids—at the heart of our approach. We are inspired in our work by the passion of the applicants we encounter, and by the friendship, support, and dedication of our teammates.
Teach For America alumni continue their efforts working toward educational equity as leaders of classrooms, schools, and school systems, and as policymakers, social innovators, and community organizers. Our alumni work from a wide variety of sectors to impact the systemic changes necessary to ensure all children have the opportunity to attain an excellent education. The alumni affairs team supports these efforts through ongoing leadership development, fueling opportunities for alumni to convene and learn from one another, and sharing insights from across our network.
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.
Our 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 for all children. We enable and accelerate Teach For America's impact by 1) maximizing financial investment from federal and state governments, individuals, foundations, and corporations, and 2) providing strategic guidance, coaching, and tactical resources that empower regional teams to cultivate strong partnerships with principals, district leaders, policymakers, and donors to sustain the region’s optimal footprint.
Our team recruits and hires talented, diverse staff members and fosters an organizational culture of leadership, innovation, respect, and teamwork. We create ample opportunities for staff professional development and also make sure that the back office (such as benefits and workforce administration) runs smoothly. We’re proud to say Teach For America has been one of the only nonprofit organizations on Fortune Magazine’s “100 Great Places to Work” for the past four years.
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.
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 Co-CEOs Elisa Villanueva Beard and Matt Kramer host staff chats to explore issues related to our work, meet regularly with teams throughout the organization to hear feedback, and are active on social media to stay connected to the broader education landscape. From speeches to Tweets and everything in between, Matt and Elisa use their voices and unique perspectives to advance the conversation on educational equity while ensuring we all stay focused on our work with students, families, and communities.
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.
Our team believes that our corps members have the potential to be outstanding teachers. We conduct the research needed to create a rich variety of training and support resources that help our teachers turn that potential into skills and action. Across the nation, we bring staff and corps members the best thinking in education from Teach For America and external partners, then support our regional staff as they work with our teachers to translate these lessons into positive results for kids. By helping our people live up to their potential, we’re ensuring students can fulfill their own.
Teach For America’s aim is to ensure that all children have outstanding opportunities in education and in life. On the quest to reach that goal, many questions arise about how best to get there. Our team is charged with helping Teach For America answer those strategic and organizational questions—shaping the path towards “One Day.” We’re a new team and a small team, reporting directly to the co-CEOs. Our mode of operating is entrepreneurial, flexible, and scrappy—which leads to opportunities to forge new ground and create a lasting impact.