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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.



Jamie Bernstein

A.M. Candidate

University of Chicago

Region: 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.


Emily Blatter Boyer

Director of Leadership Development and Training

College Advising Corps

Region: New York, '07

Having recently earned her Ed.M at Harvard Graduate School of Education, Education Policy and Management, Emily Blatter Boyer now serves as the Director of Leadership Development and Training at the College Advising Corps, working to improve college access and transition structures so all students can succeed no matter their economic status or origin.


Brandon Brown

Senior Vice President

The Mind Trust

Region: St. Louis, '08

After holding leadership positions at both TFA–Indianapolis and the Indianapolis mayor’s office, Brandon now serves in an executive role at The Mind Trust, where he where leads a team that recruits and supports outstanding school leaders.


Eric Canosa


Mind Bubble

Region: Rio Grande Valley, '12

Eric joined TFA after five years in the professional world, working for nonprofits and in IT. As an eighth grade science teacher in south Texas, he was able to draw on his previous career experiences.


David Castillo

Planning Assistant

Department of Black and Latino Male Achievement

Region: Milwaukee, '14

Teach For America alum David Castillo serves the Milwaukee community by designing culturally responsive curricula for pilot schools.


Johannah Chase

Programs Officer

The Walton Family Foundation

Region: New York, '05

Once an 8th grade math teacher, track coach, and union rep, Johannah’s career has always focused on equity for all students. She’s led in roles at the NYC DOE, the Governor’s office, Bank Street College of Education, and now the Walton Foundation.


Charli Cooksey

Founder and CEO


Region: St. Louis, '09

Charli’s experience teaching in her hometown showed her what’s at stake—and what’s possible—when a great education hangs in the balance. As the co-founder of inspireSTL and current CEO of WEPOWER, she’s part of an incredible network of St. Louis leaders expanding opportunities for kids. 


Kaycee Gerhart

Executive Director

CCS Fundraising

Region: Colorado, '09

Alum Kaycee Gerhart took what she learned from her time in the classroom into a career of helping nonprofits with their fundraising goals.


David Jessup

Founder and CEO


Region: Miami-Dade, '09

Teach For America started alum David Jessup on the path to open his own non-profit, Digi-Bridge, a Charlotte-based organization aiming to equip educational institutions with the necessary resources and support to teach 21st century learners the fundamentals of technology and beyond.


Najee Johnson

Senior Director, AP Program Innovation

The College Board

Region: Greater Delta: Mississippi & Arkansas, '10

As a senior director at the College Board, Najee works to expand high school students’ access to AP courses and improve outcomes for more kids like those he taught in the corps.

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