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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.



Kalisha Dessources


National Collaborative of Young Women's Initiatives

Greater Philadelphia, '12

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.


Sunny Liu

Senior Fiscal Analyst

New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee

New Mexico, '13

Sunny Liu currently works in the New Mexico Legislature, but got his start with Teach For America.


Kousha Navidar


West Wing Writers

Miami-Dade, '10

Kousha deferred a dream job with Google to make an immediate impact dismantling educational inequity. Today, as a speechwriter, he brings awareness to important issues that influence education.


OJ Oleka

Chief of Staff & Deputy Treasurer

Kentucky Treasurer Allison Ball

St. Louis, '10

Teach For America alum OJ Oleka uses his college and corps experiences to shepherd education and financial empowerment legislation into law in state government in Kentucky.


Garvey Pierre

Foreign Service Officer

US Department of State

Miami-Dade, '09

As a U.S. diplomat, Garvey Pierre is working toward creating more understanding and connection around the world.


Alys Seamans

Senior Consultant

Deloitte Consulting, LLP

New Mexico, '12

Prior to earning her Masters and becoming a senior consultant at Deloitte, Alys Seamans got her start at Teach For America.


Miguel Solis


Latino Center for Leadership Development

Dallas-Fort Worth, '09

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.


Rosaline Tio

Program Evaluation Analyst

Georgia Governor's Office of Student Achievement

Metro Atlanta, '11

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.