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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

Campaign Region: Greater Philadelphia

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.


Rainey Johnson

Undersea Medical Officer

Naval Medical Research Center

Campaign Region: Las Vegas

As an undersea medical officer, Rainey is following his passion for science and serving others. But his medical career wouldn’t be what it is today without his experience working as a middle school science teacher first.


Sunny Liu

Senior Fiscal Analyst

New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee

Campaign Region: New Mexico

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


OJ Oleka

Chief of Staff & Deputy Treasurer

Kentucky Treasurer Allison Ball

Campaign Region: St. Louis

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

Campaign Region: Miami-Dade

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


Pat Pontius

Senior Adviser, Community and Economic Development

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Campaign Region: Los Angeles

Pat Pontius served in the Obama administration as the Executive Director of the White House Council for Strong Cities, Strong Communities. Learn why he chose to serve in the classroom before his career in public service.


Denise Terrazas

Program Evaluator

New Mexico Legislative Education Study Committee

Campaign Region: New Mexico

Denise Terrazas joined Teach For America to help improve the educational outcomes in her home state of New Mexico.


Rosaline Tio

Program Evaluation Analyst

Georgia Governor's Office of Student Achievement

Campaign Region: Metro Atlanta

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.