Teach For America Names Lawrence H. Summers and Meg Whitman To National Board Of Directors

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New York City, NY, March 3, 2011Renowned Economist and Former eBay CEO Bring Their Leadership and Support to National Organization Committed to Closing the Achievement Gap

For Immediate Release

Contact: Carrie James | Teach For America
415.271.2000 | carrie.james@teachforamerica.org

NEW YORK, March 2, 2011—Teach For America today announced the appointment of two new members to its national board of directors: prominent economist and Harvard professor Lawrence H.Summers and former eBay CEO and California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman.Teach For America recruits, trains, and supports top recent college graduates who commit to teach for two years in underserved communities and become lifelong advocates for educational equity. Summers initially joined Teach For America's board in 2006 and resigned when he was appointed by President Obama in early 2009 as director of the White House National Economic Council, a position he held until this year. He recently resumed his tenured position as Charles W. Eliot University Professor at Harvard University, based at Harvard's Kennedy School, where he is also director of the Mossavar- Rahmani Center for Business and Government. Summers is a former president of Harvard University and served as Treasury secretary from 1999 to 2001, during the Clinton administration. He is the 1993 recipient of the John Bates Clark Medal for his work in several fields of economics.

“We're incredibly fortunate that Larry has chosen to return to our board, where his knowledge, leadership, and wise counsel will surely fortify our efforts to expand educational opportunity,” said Wendy Kopp, CEO and founder of Teach For America. “Larry provided Teach For America with invaluable guidance as we worked to grow and deepen our impact. We're thrilled to welcome him back.”

“Teach For America is doing the important work of creating the next generation of leaders who are committed to closing our country's education gaps, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to join them,” Summers said. “In the global knowledge economy, the battle for our nation's future will be won or lost in our public schools, and we will not prosper unless we can provide every child with a quality education.”

Meg Whitman comes to Teach For America's board after advocating for a stronger public education system as the 2010 Republican candidate for governor of California. She is well known for her successful 10-year tenure as president and CEO of eBay. During her 32-year business career, Whitman has also held senior management positions at Hasbro Inc., Florists Transworld Delivery (FTD), Stride Rite Corporation, the Walt Disney Company, Bain & Company, and Procter & Gamble. She has served on the board of Princeton University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in economics in 1977. Earlier this year, Whitman joined the boards of Hewlett Packard and Zipcar, and she rejoined the board of Procter & Gamble, on which she originally served from 2003 to 2008. A native of Long Island, N.Y., Whitman holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

“Meg is such a proven leader, and her experience and business acumen will be invaluable as we work to expand our reach, increase our effectiveness, and multiply the number of our nation's most promising future leaders dedicating their lives to education reform,” Kopp said. “We're so grateful for Meg's continuing support of our mission, and we look forward to approaching our work with the benefit of her expertise.”

“Education is the path to prosperity and fulfillment in our society, and yet too many students never receive the educational opportunities they need to live up to their potential,” Whitman said. “Teach For America is working to change that, and I'm excited to join them in this effort.”

Summers and Whitman were appointed to the board during Teach For America's 20th Anniversary Summit, which drew nearly 11,000 corps members, alumni, and supporters to Washington, D.C., to further the movement for educational equity. They join 31 leaders in business, finance, media, law, and academia who currently serve on Teach For America's board.

About Teach For America

Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in expanding educational opportunity. Today, more than 8,200 corps members are teaching in 39 regions across the country,while 20,000 Teach For America alumni continue working from inside and outside the field of education for the fundamental changes necessary to ensure educational excellence and equity. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org.


 

About Teach For America
Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding college graduates and professionals to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement to end educational inequity. Today, 10,600 corps members are teaching in 50 urban and rural regions across the country while more than 37,000 alumni work across sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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