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National Board

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.

National Board of Directors

Pamela L. Carter

Retired President of Cummins Distribution Inc. and Former Attorney General, State of Indiana

Ms. Pamela Lynn Carter, also known as Pam, served as President of Distribution Business Unit at Cummins, Inc. from 2007 until her retirement in May 2015. Prior to joining Cummins, she had a distinguished legal and political career, including Attorney General for the State of Indiana from 1993 to 1997.

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Bill Haslam

49th Governor of Tennessee

In 2014, Bill Haslam was re-elected Tennessee’s governor with the largest victory in modern Tennessee history.

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Kaya Henderson

Chief Executive Officer

Reconstruction US

Campaign Region: New York

Kaya Henderson (New York '92) started her career teaching Spanish in the South Bronx. Fueled by this experience, she has played a pivotal role in advancing education in the nation's capital, leading DCPS to become the fastest-improving urban school district in America. She is currently the CEO of Reconstruction US.

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Kevin Huffman


The City Fund

Campaign Region: Houston

Kevin Huffman is a partner with The City Fund, where he supports the efforts of local leaders in cities across the country working to create great public schools for all children. Huffman is the former Tennessee commissioner of education, where he managed the state department of education in its effort to advance the academic progress of nearly one million students.

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David Kenny

Chief Executive Officer, Chief Diversity Officer


David Kenny was appointed Chief Executive Officer at Nielsen in November 2018. Kenny has spent his career in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, especially focused on the retail, marketing, and media industries.

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Dr. Michael L. Lomax

President and Chief Executive Officer


Since 2004, Dr. Michael L. Lomax has served as president and CEO of UNCF, the nation’s largest private provider of scholarships and other educational support to African American students.

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Susan McCaw


COM Investments

Susan McCaw is a businesswoman, former diplomat, and philanthropist. She served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Austria and is currently President of COM Investments, a private investment firm.

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Kenneth B. Mehlman

Member & Global Head of Public Affairs

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co

Ken Mehlman (New York) joined KKR in 2008 and is Co-Head of KKR Global Impact, the firm’s private market investing platform focused on businesses that promote commercial solutions to global issues associated with economic development, environmental management, next generation energy, agricultural and food production, responsible land use, and education and learning.

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Nancy Peretsman

Managing Director

Allen & Company

Nancy Peretsman is a Managing Director of Allen & Company LLC, a closely-held private investment bank, based in New York City. Over the past 25 years, Nancy has had the privilege of working with some of the most influential entrepreneurs and executives in the e-commerce, media and internet businesses.

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Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D.

President & CEO

The Aspen Institute

Dan Porterfield is President and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. A native of the City of Baltimore, where he was raised by a single mother at the height of the civil rights movement, and a Rhodes Scholar, he has been recognized as a visionary strategist, transformational leader, devoted educator, and passionate advocate for justice and opportunity. Dan previously served as President of Franklin & Marshall College, where he led the College in tripling its percentage of incoming low-income students and doubling its percentage of domestic students of color. He was named a White House Champion of Change in 2016, holds bachelor’s degrees from Georgetown and Oxford, and earned his Ph.D. at The City University of New York Graduate Center where he wrote his dissertation on the poetry of American prisoners.

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