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Our leaders come from many backgrounds and are united in their belief that all children deserve an excellent education.

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.

Our National Management Team 

Our National Management Team sets the overall direction for Teach For America's work and oversees our efforts across the organization.

 Elisa Villanueva Beard Profile

Elisa Villanueva Beard

Phoenix '98

Chief Executive Officer

Teach For America

Elisa is the CEO of Teach For America. Under her leadership, the organization impacts nearly 400,000 students each year in some 2,000 schools. Her journey with TFA started in Phoenix, where she taught first and second grade bilingual education as a 1998 corps member.

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Susan Asiyanbi

New Jersey '01

Chief Transformation Officer

Teach For America

Susan Asiyanbi is responsible for providing a coherent, cohesive, and integrated leadership development experience for Teach For America’s admitted recruits, corps members, alumni, and staff.

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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.

Laura Saldivar Luna

Laura Saldivar Luna

Rio Grande Valley '06

Chief People Officer

Teach For America

Laura is responsible for shaping the people strategy and staff experience for over 1,800 employees to enable Teach For America to be the highest-impact nonprofit in the world and the greatest place to work in the United States

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Josh Anderson

Josh Anderson

New York '04

Executive VP, Chief External Affairs Officer

Teach For America

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.

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.

Barbara Logan Smith

Chief Officer, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness

Teach For America Greater Delta

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.

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Our Regional Leadership Team

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, see Where We Work.

Our 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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Our 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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