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Our Organization

Teach For America is a diverse network of leaders who work to confront the injustice of educational inequity through teaching, and at every sector of society. Learn how we are driving impact across the country to achieve our vision that one day, all children in this nation will have an opportunity to attain an excellent education.
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Who We Are

We are committed to profound systemic change. As a collective force—educators, advocates, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and community members—we fight for the aspirations of students and their families. Together, we shape the conversation about what's possible. From classrooms to districts to statehouses across America, we’re reimagining education to realize the day when every child has an equal opportunity to learn, to grow, to influence and to lead.

Significant progress in educational outcomes is happening in communities across the country. And TFA alumni and corps members are playing an essential role.

Our TFA Network

Teach For America is a community of changemakers and coalition-builders. We are leaders who teach, teachers who lead. Our network is large and growing every day.

Image shows two statistics. We currently have 5450 corps members and 58k alumni in our TFA network.

Through teaching in our public schools and partnering with children and families in communities that are most impacted by educational inequity, this network of changemakers is helping strengthen the education system and shape the future of our country.

The Power of Collective Leadership

Collective Leadership

Teach For America's CEO, Elisa Villanueva Beard (Phoenix '98), on the power of the TFA network working together to fight educational inequity and work to "create the world as it should be."

Leadership

Teach For America is led by a national team and leadership teams within each region where we place corps members. This structure means that alumni and corps members may interact much more with their regional team than the national leaders.

Our leadership team includes individuals who have devoted their careers to ending educational inequity, many starting by serving as corps members in the classroom. They bring decades of experience from the education field and other fields that impact education.

Executive Cabinet
Our Executive Cabinet is Teach For America's primary governing body and is responsible for our overall progress towards our 10 year goal.
 Elisa Villanueva Beard Profile

Elisa Villanueva Beard

Phoenix '98

Chief Executive Officer

Teach For America

Elisa Villanueva Beard is the CEO of Teach For America. Elisa’s passion for educational equity comes from personal experience. She grew up in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas and developed a deep commitment to Teach For America’s mission as a student at DePauw University, where she was one of just a few Mexican American students. Her journey with Teach For America started as a 1998 Phoenix corps member. Today, under her leadership, Teach For America corps members reach hundreds of thousands of students each year in nearly 2,000 schools across 37 states and the District of Columbia.

Barbara Logan Smith

Chief Officer, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness

Teach For America

Barbara began her career in education as a teacher and administrator with Milwaukee Public Schools, and over two decades has developed the leadership capacity of students, parents, educators, administrators, and business executives.

Teach For America Staff Member Jemina Bernard

Jemina Bernard

Chief Community Impact & Operations Officer

Teach For America

In all her roles and across all the organizations she has worked for, Jemina Bernard brings a passion for equity and social justice that is rooted in her own upbringing as an African-American, Puerto Rican woman who grew up in the South Bronx and went on to graduate from Ivy League schools.

Josh Griggs Profile

Josh Griggs

New York '03

Executive VP, Talent, Operations & CFO

Teach For America

Josh leads the teams responsible for all the critical functions that comprise Teach For America’s infrastructure, including finance, administration, technology, and legal affairs.

Nafeesha Mitchell

Nafeesha Mitchell

Chief of Staff to the CEO

Nafeesha Mitchell currently serves as the Chief of Staff to the CEO of Teach For America (TFA). In this role, she supports the CEO and senior management team to execute the organizational vision and strategy as well as oversee the operational efficiency of the office of the CEO. Prior to this role, Nafeesha was Vice President of The Collective and an Executive Director in North Carolina. In addition to establishing a board that was over 50% stakeholders of color, she has previously coached aspiring leaders on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity (DEI) through the Executive Director Fellowship.

Noemi Wierwille

Noemi Wierwille

New Jersey '01

Chief Learning Officer

Teach For America

Noemi was a CM in 2001 in Newark and taught 2nd and 3rd grade. After the corps she spent 4years on a small island in the Caribbean, where she taught and was the principal of a small pre-k to 6th grade school. Noemi returned to the U.S. in 2007 and joined staff as a program director on the Bay Area team supporting math, science, and special education teachers in Oakland and Richmond. 

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Steve Majors

Chief External Affairs Officer

Teach For America

Steve Majors brings over two decades of experience in communications, marketing and media, most recently as VP, Marketing and Communications at Communities In Schools (CIS), a national nonprofit with 135 affiliates operating in 26 states. 

Tracy-Elizabeth Clay

Tracy-Elizabeth Clay

General Counsel and Chief Risk/Compliance Officer

Tracy-Elizabeth Clay is the SVP, General Counsel and Chief Risk & Compliance Officer for Teach For America, Tracy-Elizabeth leads the Legal Affairs, Risk & Compliance team also affectionately known as LARC. LARC provides the legal, risk management, insurance and internal audit supports the organization needs to pursue our mission. Tracy-Elizabeth earned her B.A. from Stanford and is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School. 

 

Adam Stanley

Adam Stanley

Chief Experience Officer

Teach For America

Adam brings a robust and relevant set of experiences, skills, and capabilities to Teach For America. Adam comes to the organization after most recently leading as Global CIO and Chief Digital Officer at Cushman & Wakefield where he led a transformation over the past nearly 8 years.  He is very motivated by our 10-year goal and wants to be a part of the vision TFA has for its future.

Crystal Rountree

Crystal Rountree

Metro Atlanta '03

Chief Revenue & Development Officer

Teach For America - National Development

Crystal Rountree currently serves as the Chief Revenue and Development Officer at Teach For America. In this capacity, she is responsible for leading the team that grows, strengthens, and diversifies TFA's philanthropic partnerships and revenue pathways in ways that optimize and maximize contributions to our impact. She has been on staff at Teach For America since 2005 and most recently served as a Regional Field Executive (RFE), managing and supporting a cohort of executive directors working in communities across Colorado, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

Regional Leadership Teams

Teach For America has more than 50 regions, each led by an executive director and an advisory board. To learn more about our regional leadership and regional boards, visit our individual region websites.

Our Regions

National Board of Directors

Our National Board of Directors plays a critical role in developing Teach For America’s strategic plan and ensuring that we are able to meet the ambitious goals we set for ourselves.

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Lifetime Directors

Our Lifetime Directors have played a critical role on our national board for many years. We are deeply grateful for the ongoing advice, support, and advocacy that they continue to provide.

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National Advisory Board of The Collective

The Collective is Teach For America's association for alumni of color. The National Advisory Board of the Collective is composed of alumni of color who help lead national initiatives and provide strategic guidance to Teach For America's senior leadership.

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The Diversity of Our Network

Today, Teach For America is a force of over 64,000 alumni and corps members working in over 9,000 schools nationwide in pursuit of systemic change. Each of us brings unique strengths to this work based on our identities and life experiences. Here’s a snapshot of this diversity in action.

Corps Member Diversity

We take pride in the diversity of our Corps Members across several demographics.

If you are interested in becoming a teacher with the Teach For America corps, we encourage you to join us or learn more about our application process.

Shows statistics about our TFA's Corps Member Diversity: 48% White, 53% POC, 19% African American, 17% LatinX, 8% AAPI, .6% Native, 48% Pell Grant, 37% First in Family to Graduate College

Staff Diversity

We are also committed to growing our diversity in hiring, both in our national organization and regional offices.

If you are interested in joining our staff, check out our Careers page.

Currently, Teach For America's staff is made up off 44% white, 51% POC, 20% African American, 12% latinX, 9% AAPI, .6% Native,

Our Community Alliances & Initiatives

At Teach For America, we value our partnerships with those united in our vision: students and their families, fellow educators, community leaders, and national organizations. Through our established National Community Alliances, we foster relationships and amplify opportunities for collective learning and impact as we work to improve educational outcomes for all. 

The Community Alliances and Initiatives speak to our core of our mission, values, and deep commitment to pursuing the same diversity, equity, and inclusiveness we envision for the U.S. and its Indigenous Nations.

Asian American & Pacific Islander Alliances

Asian American & Pacific Islander Alliances

The Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Alliances work alongside other organizations to deliver on the promise of equal opportunity for every child, grow the field of AAPI teachers, and raise awareness of the academic and socio-economic realities facing many AAPI students.

Black Community Alliance

Black Community Alliance

The Black Community Alliances cultivates and develops relationships with external organizations and recruitment initiatives with the goal of increasing the number of teachers of color, in the classroom.

Justin Dunham (South Carolina '12) teaches middle school students how to tie ties in club he mentors.

Latinx Alliances

Latinx Alliances

The Latinx Alliances strives to be one of the most connected, active, thriving, and culturally responsive Latinx leadership networks in pursuit of educational equity in the U.S. Comprised of over 5,000 Latinx corps members, alumni, and staff, the mission of the Latinx Alliance is to connect and forge pathways for members of the Latinx community to achieve their full educational, economic, and social potential.

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National Prism Alliances

National Prism Alliances

Students of color, those from low-income areas, and those who identify as LGBTQ+ face oppression based on their multiple identities. Teach For America is committed to safety, fairness, and dignity for all students. That’s why we’re taking a stand.

Our National Prism Alliances aims to create a more intersectional movement to end educational inequity by encouraging more LGBTQ+ leaders to teach.

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Military Veterans Initiative

Military Veterans Initiative

Teach For America’s Military Veterans Initiative helps to bring more veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces into the fight against educational inequity.

The initiative works with several veterans' organizations, including the nonprofit Got Your 6, the Department of Defense's Troops to Teachers transition program, and the Student Veterans of America to ensure that military veterans and spouses are aware of teaching as a second career and that students across the country benefit from their talent and commitment.

The Native Alliance Initiative

The Native Alliance Initiative

The Native Alliance Initiative (NAI) works with Native students and leaders in Hawai‘i, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, the Twin Cities, and Washington state.

The alliance initiative works hand-in-hand with tribes and Native communities to expand educational opportunities for their students. Created to support and provide corps members with more strategies for incorporating tribal and community culture into the classroom, NAI recruits Native leaders to the teaching profession, and develop a critical pipeline of leaders committed to advocating for Native communities and children.