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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.



Matthew Aiken

Litigation Associate

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

St. Louis, '10

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.


Julie Baker

Associate, Labor & Employment

Jones Day

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.


Jennifer Butwin

Law Student

Connecticut, '13

After gaining experience in the corps, Jennifer possesses an invaluable perspective on the challenges schools face in an ever-evolving political climate. As a Fordham Law student, poised to effect change in our country’s education policies.


Aisha Dennis


Federal Public Defender of the Northern District of Texas

Metro Atlanta, '08

TFA prepared Aisha to be a successful attorney. The experience gave her a deep connection to high-needs communities, taught her how to build relationships, and made her a better advocate.


Thomas Garza

Associate Attorney

Jenner & Block

New York, '09

Thomas first cut his teeth in public service and law as an aide to Texas state senator Eddie Lucio Jr. From that point forward, he has been driven to combine those two passions in his career.


Eddy Hernandez Perez

Law Student

The University of Texas at Austin

San Antonio, '10

Eddy Hernandez Perez believes education is the field in which he can put his talents to their best use. Though he no longer leads a classroom, he plans to use his law degree to continue to facilitate childhood learning.


Laura Komarek


Alston & Bird LLP

Greater New Orleans, '11

Teaching middle school special education enabled Laura Komarek to be an advocate for students in her law career. Learn how her time as a Teach For America corps member transformed her perspective.


Maggie Gierse LaMore

Staff Attorney, Children’s Legal Alliance

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri

Greater Delta: Mississippi & Arkansas, '06

Maggie relishes her job as a staff attorney with the Children’s Legal Alliance at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri. She represents low-income children and youth in special education and school discipline cases.


Tom McSorley



Washington, '06

Tom says he seized on the opportunity to become a corps member after graduating from Harvard to expand his horizons and challenge himself. Now serving as Counsel for SpaceX, he builds on the resilience he learned in the corps.


Rupa Ramadurai

Assistant General Counsel

Illinois State Board Of Education

Miami-Dade, '09

In Rupa Ramadurai's role as Assistant General Counsel at the Illinois State Board of Education, her dedication to commit herself to a work that intersects education, law, and policy began teaching high school students as a corps member.

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