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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 Executive Cabinet

The 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.

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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.

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. 

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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.

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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.

View The Collective Board members