Black Community Alliances

About the Black Community Alliances


Join Us and Take Action

  • In the Classroom
  • In the Community
  • On TFA Staff

In the Classroom

Teachers who share the backgrounds of their students do more than just teach their students the possibilities—they show them. We work in solidarity with the Black community to dramatically increase the number of Black men and women who choose teaching as a career. Today, we place more Black teachers in classrooms than any other single entity.

Watch Jenn Jeffers’ story. Jenn comes from a family of teachers and also attended Little Rock Central High School, two experiences that helped solidify her resolve to fight educational inequality.


In the Community

Just 2% of our nation’s teachers are black men. Students, schools, and the entire system are missing out on more than just educators, since “teacher” doesn’t begin to define the roles black men can play in the classroom.

We need to mobilize. Recommend a leader for a classroom today.


On TFA Staff

Each year, Teach For America provides identity-based professional development summits for staff. Our Black staff convenes annually for The Gathering. 

Find an open role on our staff today.

Upcoming Events

We’re currently planning our next event. Please check back soon for details.

The Black Advisory Council


The Black Advisory Council is a large, vibrant, diverse and powerful community of Black staff at Teach For America. Its members play a vital role in the work to achieve educational equity for all children country by ensuring that we have a thriving and self-determining Black community.

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Senior Vice President, Executive Leadership & Learning
Tiffany Capers
Managing Director, Public Affairs
Nydia Counts
Senior Managing Director, Regional Operations
Duanecia Evans
Senior Managing Director, Black Community Alliances
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Director, Teacher Leadership Development
Headshot of Teach For America staff member Phillip McMahan
Director, School Partnerships & Corps Member Onboarding
Joseph Myers
Director, Talent Placement and Matching
Brittany Packnett
Vice President, National Community Alliances
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Assistant, Legal Affairs
Jamila Reeves
Managing Director, Regional Communications and Public Affairs
Antonio Saunders
Senior Managing Director, Regional Operations
Tami Sawyer
Director, Diversity and Cultural Competence
Niah Shearer
Managing Director, Internal Learning and Innovation
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Vice President, Deputy Chief People Officer
Jerrod Walker
Director, Staff DEI Engagement
Executive Director, Jacksonville

Featured Partners


We are intentional about partnering with organizations and influencers that align to our mission. Together with our partners, we work hand-in-hand to strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence.

In the News


Efforts To Close Achievement Gap Have Ignored Black Educators

A piece in Essence by Brittany Packnett on how Black educators are fighting for our children.

Educator leading the charge to take down Confederate monuments

Read about Tami Sawyer, a Memphis native, and her work to take down her city’s Confederate monuments. 

Duanecia on the challenges facing Black students

Duanecia Evans discusses the Black Community Alliances and how you can get involved.

Our Perspectives

Profound Gentlemen Co-founders Mario Jovan Shaw (left) and Jason Terrell (upper right), working with program manager, Dominique Stone.
Profound Gentlemen Co-founders Mario Jovan Shaw (left) and Jason Terrell (upper right), working with program manager, Dominique Stone.
Profound Gentlemen began as an idea hatched by two institute roommates and has since grown into a nationally recognized nonprofit that supports Black male educators.
In every community where meaningful educational progress is being made, TFA teachers are playing an essential role.
Research shows TFA teachers are playing an essential role and making meaningful progress in communities around the country.
We’re celebrating organizations founded by TFA alumni that are working to encourage the next generation of girls
This Women’s History Month, we’re celebrating organizations founded by TFA alumni that are working to encourage the next generation of girls.
A collage of photos featuring Black alumni, corps members, and staff from the Teach For America network.
This Black History Month, we’re acknowledging Black leaders in the Teach For America network who are stepping up to expand opportunities for students in our highest-need communities.
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Alvin Abraham’s journey from KIPP to college has inspired some new ideas about how to do both.

Connect With Us


Join the conversation on Facebook. For questions, email us.

Senior Managing Director, Black Community Alliances