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Profiles

Khadijah Abdullah

Executive Director

Teach For America Alabama

South Louisiana, '06

A Birmingham, AL native and 2006 South Louisiana corps member, Khadijah became the Executive Director of Alabama in 2014.

The Collective Board

Alvin Abraham

Executive Director, KIPP Minnesota

Houston, '02

Alvin Abraham is the Executive Director of the education nonprofit KIPP Minnesota. He has worked with KIPP since 2012, leading the organization through extensive growth and is currently working on expansion.

Alumni

Mariana Aguilar

Consultant

Deloitte

Los Angeles, '12

Mariana’s time in the classroom strengthened her resolve and developed her skills as a leader, propelling her toward a career focused on learning and career mobility as a consultant at Deloitte.

Alumni

Matthew Aiken

Judicial Law Clerk

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

St. Louis, '10

As a judicial law clerk for the Fifth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Matthew Aiken deals 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.

Corps Member

Kaili Akar

Accelerate Fellowship Participant

Miami-Dade, '18

Working along like-minded, passionate, and intelligent people fueled me to understand my role in leveling the education playing field. Accelerate is the intellectual summer camp you never knew existed. 

National Council

Debbie Smith, Alabama

Appellate Litigator and Managing Partner

Christian & Small LLP

Christian & Small Managing Partner Deborah Alley Smith's practice is focused on post-judgment and appellate litigation. She devotes her time to research and writing and to preparing her partners for trial to ensure that significant issues are preserved in the event of an appeal.

Alumni

Femi Alese

Product Manager

Internet Brands

Rhode Island, '13

Femi Alese learned the value of vision setting to achieve measurable results in the corps. Today, Femi uses that same growth mindset of continuous reflection and improvement as a product manager at Internet Brands.

Alumni

Natasha S. Alford

Deputy Editor and Digital Host

TheGrio

D.C. Region, '10

In the fast-paced world of today’s media, Natasha S. Alford oozes confidence before the camera as a digital host for TheGrio. What you might not know is that she honed her talents as a teacher in the corps.

Corps Member

Calvin Anderson

Accelerate Fellowship Participant

Greater Tulsa, '18

Accelerate helped me develop a recognition of how my identity and my leadership style uniquely impact environments around me.

Alumni

Nibette Aning

Director of College Success

Freedom Prep Academy

New York, '06

As a first-generation college student from a low-income family, Nibette was fully aware of the challenges her 2nd grade students faced. She remains committed to ending educational inequity as a director of college success at Freedom Prep Academy.

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