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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



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.


Femi Alese

Product Manager

Internet Brands

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.


Lorea Barturen

Brand Manager


Colorado, '09

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.


Jonathan Cook

Project Leader

Boston Consulting Group

Massachusetts, '11

Dr. Jonathan Cook’s love for science led him to TFA, where he taught the subject as a corps member. While he mainly works in science-based fields for The Boston Consulting Group, he remains committed to the mission as an education consultant.


Elaine Dang

Summer Associate

McKinsey & Company

New Mexico, '09

Shaped by experiencing inequity as a student and corps member in TFA, and through her work at startups in Kenya, Elaine is now focused on strategic and innovation consulting so she can help companies be more equitable and sustainable.


Sandhya Dhir

Head, Non-Acute, Amazon Business


New York, '08

Sandhya says she wouldn’t be the business woman she is today if it weren’t for the four years she spent teaching at her TFA placement school. Now, as a senior product manager, she leads a team of four, who oversee three product categories.


Nat Natarajan

Investment Banking Associate


New Jersey, '09

Nat Natarajan first learned the value of building relationships as a middle school math teacher with the corps. Years later, he remains involved in education in his role as an investment banker working on a technology team whose focus is in edtech.


Hunter Pierson

Vice President

Goldman Sachs & Co

Bay Area, '01

Armed with the belief that America will only be a place of equal opportunity if all kids get an excellent education, Hunter now uses his teaching skills and business acumen to ensure New Orleans charter schools are well run and operationally strong.


Pat Pontius

Senior Adviser, Community and Economic Development

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Los Angeles, '99

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.


Rose Rodd Hartwig

Founder & Principal Consultant

Marketing Fluency

New York, '93

The daughter of educators, Rose has always valued education and helping others. She’s applied the communication and entrepreneurial skills she learned teaching to build her own marketing consulting company, and sits on the board of GeoKids.

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