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Group from The Collective Reception at 25th Anniversary

The Collective is Teach For America's national association for alumni who identify as Native, Indigenous, and people of color. We grow leadership capacity, strengthen community, and increase access to opportunities—all in the interest of serving our students.

About The Collective

In 2011, our alumni of color community had grown to more than 5,000 people. The Collective emerged from the question: How can we unleash the potential of our alumni who identify as Native, Indigenous, and people of color to advance our mission, faster and stronger?

The Collective network has since grown to include dozens of regional chapters and a suite of national programs focused on helping alumni who identify as Native, Indigenous, and people of color increase their impact.

Participants have been connected to opportunities to:

  • grow their professional networks
  • build skills as school and systems leaders
  • join regional boards
  • pursue policy roles
  • mentor current corps members of color
  • impact their communities through local action

“The Collective forges connections between corps members and alumni of color, giving us a safe and familiar place to exist.”

Ashley Jackson
Charlotte–Piedmont Triad 2011


Teach For America's alumni of color community size


Regional Collective chapters

Find Your Regional Chapter

Participating in your region’s Collective chapter fosters a strong local network and provides a forum for alumni. Alumni are invited to exchange ideas and advance their impact at the regional level.

Each of our 40 chapters focuses on issues specific to the community and are aligned to national Collective pillars. Interested in launching a new regional chapter? Email us

Contact Your Regional Chapter

Connect With The National Collective

Strategic Pillars

We seek to meaningfully advance educational outcomes for our children through the continuous engagement, leadership development, and mobilization of alumni who identify as Native, Indigenous, and people of color.

1. Leadership Development

Provide experiences that place alumni of color on a path to transformational leadership.

2. Community and Network Building

Build a strong network that fosters a deep sense of connection among alumni of color.

3. Collective Action

Mobilize our collective leadership to make a significant difference for kids in low-income communities.

“The Collective provides an incredible opportunity to interact with other like-minded people of color. I have been challenged, inspired, and sharpened.”

Karis Parker

Assistant Principal, Crossroads Academy-Central Street

Kansas City Corps Member 2012

National Advisory Board of The Collective

The Collective’s National Advisory Board is composed of alumni of color who draw on their expertise in board service, educational leadership, public policy, and social entrepreneurship to amplify the voice and impact of the national Collective community. They also provide strategic guidance to Teach For America’s senior leadership.

Collective Advisory Board