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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 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 2,300 schools across 37 states and the District of Columbia.

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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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Steve Majors

Chief, External Affairs Officer

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. 

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.

Noemi Wierwille

Noemi Wierwille

New Jersey '01

Chief Learning Officer

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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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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