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Profiles of Alumni


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Alumni of Teach For America are a part of diverse network of leaders from all career fields, working to create opportunity in a variety of ways around the world. Meet some of our alumni, and read how their career trajectories have been shaped and transformed by their corps experience.



Mariana Aguilar



Campaign Region: Los Angeles

Mariana’s time in the classroom strengthened her resolve and developed her skills as a leader, propelling her toward a career focused on learning and career mobility as a consultant at Deloitte.


Matthew Aiken

Litigation Associate

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Campaign Region: St. Louis

As a judicial law clerk for the Fifth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Matthew Aiken dealt with major legal issues on a daily basis. Despite the weight of this responsibility, he credits his ability to embrace the challenge to his time teaching 9th grade math as a corps member.


Femi Alese

Product Manager

Internet Brands

Campaign Region: Rhode Island

Femi Alese learned the value of vision setting to achieve measurable results in the corps. Today, Femi uses that same growth mindset of continuous reflection and improvement as a product manager at Internet Brands.


Natasha S. Alford

Deputy Editor and Digital Host


Campaign Region: D.C. Region

In the fast-paced world of today’s media, Natasha S. Alford oozes confidence before the camera as a digital host for TheGrio. What you might not know is that she honed her talents as a teacher in the corps.

Executive Leadership

Josh Anderson

Chief External Affairs Officer

Teach For America

Campaign Region: New York

As the chief external affairs officer, Josh supports Teach For America's efforts to recruit the next generation of systems change leaders, strengthen its brand, and foster public will for equity and opportunity for all students.


Nibette Aning

Director of College Success

Freedom Prep Academy

Campaign Region: New York

As a first-generation college student from a low-income family, Nibette was fully aware of the challenges her 2nd grade students faced. She remains committed to ending educational inequity as a director of college success at Freedom Prep Academy.


Louise Baigelman

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Story Shares

Campaign Region: Massachusetts

Louise Baigelman is the co-founder and executive director of Story Shares, a digital platform that generates and distributes new categories of literature to address the literacy needs of struggling readers everywhere.


Julie Baker

Associate, Labor & Employment

Jones Day

Campaign Region: Rio Grande Valley

Julie always knew she’d be a lawyer—she was drawn to the problem-solving aspect of the law. She honed that skill through figuring out how to get her students to succeed, and it prepared her to excel as a lawyer and to advocate for students.


Lorea Barturen

Senior Brand Manager

Starbucks by Nespresso

Campaign Region: Colorado

Lorea first got to see the everyday work, mission, and life of a corps member with TFA through her roommate. Soon after, Lorea traded in her consulting job at Accenture to join the corps, teaching high school Spanish—an experience that would lead to a purpose-driven career.


Mario Benabe


Wildflower New York Charter School

Campaign Region: New York

Mario Benabe always knew he wanted to teach and maximized his experience with Teach For America as a way to guide him from turning a passion into a career.

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