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Profiles of Leaders in the Teach For America Network

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

Dean, Dougherty Family College

University of St. Thomas

Houston, '02

Alvin Abraham currently serves as the founding dean of the Dougherty Family College at the University of St. Thomas which welcomed its inaugural class of students in August 2017.


Mariana Aguilar



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.


Matthew Aiken

Litigation Associate

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

St. Louis, '10

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


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.


Natasha S. Alford

Deputy Editor and Digital Host


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.

Executive Leadership

Josh Anderson

Executive VP, Chief External Affairs Officer

Teach For America

New York, '04

As the chief external affairs officer, Josh supports Teach For America's efforts to recruit the next generation of systems change leaders, strengthen its brand, and foster public will for equity and opportunity for all students.

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.

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