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.
Los Angeles, '12
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.
Judicial Law Clerk
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
St. Louis, '10
As a judicial law clerk for the Fifth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Matthew Aiken deals 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.
Rhode Island, '13
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.
Deputy Editor and Digital Host
D.C. Region, '10
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.
Director of College Success
Freedom Prep Academy
New York, '06
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.
Co-Founder & Executive Director
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.
Associate, Labor & Employment
Rio Grande Valley, '05
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 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.
Wildflower New York Charter School
New York, '14
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.
University of Chicago
New York, '13
Jamie saw firsthand the shortage of resources in low-income communities as a special education teacher. After the corps, Jamie dedicated her work in the field of philanthropy and social services to fight the very poverty that affected her students.