Teach For America alumni are using their proximity to the real issues affecting underserved communities to influence the policies that impact our nation’s schools through impactful careers in government and advocacy.
Over 900 Teach For America alumni serve in government, policy, and advocacy leadership roles, where they trailblaze as elected officials, policymakers, organizers, analysts, and civic leaders. These alumni keep their experiences in the classroom front of mind as they advocate for educational equity within systems and policies that shape schools on the state and national levels.
Make an impact and build new skills that will pave the way for a career in policy or government.
“Because of my time in the corps, I was able to see the intersection of so many large policy issues at play. I don’t know where else you get that lens, other than in the classroom.”
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Meet Teach For America Alumni Who Are Policy & Government Leaders
Greater Philadelphia '12
National Collaborative of Young Women's Initiatives
As a policy advisor to President Obama’s White House Council on Women and Girls, Kalisha focused on advancing equity for girls of color. She credits her time as a middle school teacher for preparing her for such a high-profile role.
Metro Atlanta '11
Program Evaluation Analyst
Georgia Governor's Office of Student Achievement
Rosaline says her experience as a high school math teacher has been invaluable in developing a nuanced lens for her role in the Georgia Governor’s Office of Student Achievement.
New Mexico '13
Senior Fiscal Analyst
New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee
Sunny Liu currently works in the New Mexico Legislature, but got his start with Teach For America.
Dallas-Fort Worth '09
Latino Center for Leadership Development
After advocating for Dallas students as special assistant to the Superintendent and as Dallas Director for Stand For Children, Miguel became the youngest person to be elected school board president at 28.