Our Teams

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Khadijah Abdullah
Executive Director
40
Active Corps
Members
220
Active
Alumni
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Josh Sparks
Executive Director
40
Active Corps
Members
190
Active
Alumni
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Jared Henderson
Executive Director
80
Active Corps
Members
210
Active
Alumni
Courtney Cass, Executive Director
Courtney Cass
Executive Director
180
Active Corps
Members
890
Active
Alumni
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Paul Keys
Executive Director, Bay Area
305
Active Corps
Members
2 815
Active
Alumni
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Katie Campos
Executive Director
45
Active Corps
Members
50
Active
Alumni
50
Active Corps
Members
270
Active
Alumni
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Tim Hurley
Executive Director
155
Active Corps
Members
445
Active
Alumni
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Aneesh Sohoni
Executive Director
285
Active Corps
Members
2 820
Active
Alumni
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Damion LeeNatali
Executive Director, Teach For America - Colorado
160
Active Corps
Members
1 340
Active
Alumni
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Nate Snow
Executive Director, Connecticut
155
Active Corps
Members
650
Active
Alumni
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Adele Fabrikant
Executive Director
160
Active Corps
Members
2 750
Active
Alumni
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Cary Wright
Executive Director
355
Active Corps
Members
900
Active
Alumni
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Laurisa Schutt
Executive Director
40
Active Corps
Members
85
Active
Alumni
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Rachele DiMeglio Adam
Interim Executive Director
75
Active Corps
Members
780
Active
Alumni
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Andrew Lakis
Executive Director
205
Active Corps
Members
905
Active
Alumni
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Holly Davis Trifiro
Executive Director
100
Active Corps
Members
285
Active
Alumni
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Ben Schumacher
Executive Director
150
Active Corps
Members
670
Active
Alumni
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Kira Orange Jones
Executive Director & Senior Vice President
215
Active Corps
Members
1 020
Active
Alumni
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Charles Barrett Adams
Executive Director
140
Active Corps
Members
1 275
Active
Alumni
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Leslie Daugherty
Executive Director, Greater Tulsa
180
Active Corps
Members
240
Active
Alumni
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Jill Baldemor
Executive Director
130
Active Corps
Members
290
Active
Alumni
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Tiffany Cuellar Needham
Executive Director
215
Active Corps
Members
1 460
Active
Alumni
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Tony Ashton
Executive Director
30
Active Corps
Members
35
Active
Alumni
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Amar Patel
Executive Director
150
Active Corps
Members
430
Active
Alumni
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Darryl D. Willie
Executive Director
125
Active Corps
Members
205
Active
Alumni
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Chris Rosson
Executive Director
85
Active Corps
Members
345
Active
Alumni
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Sean Parker
Executive Director
170
Active Corps
Members
335
Active
Alumni
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Lida Jennings
Executive Director
190
Active Corps
Members
2 560
Active
Alumni
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Josh Biber
Executive Director
230
Active Corps
Members
2 000
Active
Alumni
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Athena Turner
Executive Director, Memphis
240
Active Corps
Members
425
Active
Alumni
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J. DeLano Ford
Executive Director, Metro Atlanta
120
Active Corps
Members
1 320
Active
Alumni
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Samantha Hoare
Executive Director, Miami-Dade
175
Active Corps
Members
485
Active
Alumni
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Garrett Bucks
Executive Director
130
Active Corps
Members
500
Active
Alumni
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Barbara Logan Smith
Executive Director
195
Active Corps
Members
225
Active
Alumni
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Tia Morris
Executive Director
110
Active Corps
Members
1 230
Active
Alumni
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Nate Morrison
Executive Director
40
Active Corps
Members
225
Active
Alumni
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Charissa Fernández
Executive Director
410
Active Corps
Members
5 100
Active
Alumni
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Nafeesha Irby
Executive Director
50
Active Corps
Members
125
Active
Alumni
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Art Serna Jr.
Executive Director, Oklahoma City
100
Active Corps
Members
150
Active
Alumni
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Lauren Chianese
Executive Director
35
Active Corps
Members
65
Active
Alumni
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Katie Tennessen Hooten
Executive Director
115
Active Corps
Members
880
Active
Alumni
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Kristine Frech
Executive Director
50
Active Corps
Members
200
Active
Alumni
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Dr. Paula Garcia
Executive Director
80
Active Corps
Members
190
Active
Alumni
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Laura Saldivar Luna
Executive Director
135
Active Corps
Members
310
Active
Alumni
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David Lopez
Executive Director
45
Active Corps
Members
330
Active
Alumni
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Josh Bell
Executive Director
100
Active Corps
Members
275
Active
Alumni
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Jim Curran
Executive Director
50
Active Corps
Members
75
Active
Alumni
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Laura Vinsant
Executive Director
75
Active Corps
Members
265
Active
Alumni
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Ben Lindy
Executive Director
55
Active Corps
Members
225
Active
Alumni
80
Active Corps
Members
530
Active
Alumni
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Mikisha Nation
Executive Director, Twin Cities
45
Active Corps
Members
655
Active
Alumni
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Tony Byrd
Executive Director
40
Active Corps
Members
875
Active
Alumni

Our National Teams

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.

  • Admissions
  • Collective Leadership and Engagement
  • Finance
  • 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
  • Recruitment
  • 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:

  1. Building partnerships with schools, districts, supporters, government, community organizations, and other education institutions
  2. Developing and executing the optimum growth and corps member placement strategy to increase the teacher corps in existing and new sites
  3. 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.

Our Leadership

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