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Meet our Alumni

Browse this list to find TFA alumni in business, politics, medicine, school leadership, journalism, nonprofits, technology, and more. Then click into their profiles to read more about how their experience as corps members shaped their careers.
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Profiles of Alumni


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Fatema Basrai

Managing director

InnovateHealth Yale and the Sustainable Initiative at the Yale School of Public Health

Region: San Antonio, '12

Fatema Basrai, a San Antonio 2012 TFA alum, noticed the close connection between education and public health as a third grade teacher. Today, she works at the Yale Institute for Global Health to support the creation of innovative health solutions.


Jamie Bernstein


Frey & Associates

Region: New York, '13

Jamie saw firsthand the shortage of resources in low-income communities as a special education teacher. After the corps, Jamie dedicated her work in the field of philanthropy and social services to fight the very poverty that affected her students.


Christian Sascha Brown

Medical Student

Medical College of Georgia

Region: Rio Grande Valley, '14

Christian Sascha Brown is a medical student at the Medical College of Georgia interested in pursuing psychiatry and adolescent medicine.


Sandrene Cassells

Resident Physician

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Region: New York, '14

Teach For America alum Sandrene Cassells shares how her time leading a classroom enhanced her love for medicine, leadership, and a lifelong dedication to teaching and serving marginalized communities.


Annie Dotson

Family Medicine Doctor, Primary Care Doctor

Duke Health

Region: Houston, '07

Alum Annie Dotson took her experience in the classroom to a career in health, where she focuses her research on pregnancy and young children.


Emily Frank

Health Teacher at Life Academy

Oakland Unified School District

Region: Bay Area, '08

Emily says that many of the lessons she learned through TFA changed her career trajectory—that kids can do anything, and truly care about their health. These discoveries led her towards a career in pediatrics.


Lilian Ho


Alaska Native Medical Center

Region: Bay Area, '07

During a public health internship in college, Lilian realized that teaching would blend her passion for science and her commitment to helping people. She’s now a pediatric resident working in rural communities that lack access to health care.

Dr. Peter Jenkins

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Indiana University Health

Region: Baltimore, '95

Dr. Peter Jenkins is a 1995 Baltimore alumnus and current Assistant Professor of Surgery at Indiana University Health.


Rainey Johnson

Undersea Medical Officer

Naval Medical Research Center

Region: Las Vegas & Reno, '09

As an undersea medical officer, Rainey is following his passion for science and serving others. But his medical career wouldn’t be what it is today without his experience working as a middle school science teacher first.


Rebecca Purtell

Pediatric Hospitalist

Primary Children’s Hospital/University of Utah

Region: Greater Philadelphia, '03

Rebecca Purtell's experience as a TFA corps member prepared her for her role as a pediatric hospitalist at Primary Children’s Hospital, including her main responsibility of caring for acutely ill children.

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