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National Advisory Board of The Collective

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

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Alvin Abraham

Dean, Dougherty Family College

University of St. Thomas

Region: Houston, '02

Alvin Abraham currently serves as the founding dean of the Dougherty Family College at the University of St. Thomas which welcomed its inaugural class of students in August 2017.

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Barry Brinkley

Founding Site Director

College Track D.C.

Region: Los Angeles, '01

Barry Omar Brinkley is the founding site director for College Track D.C., Ward 8 where he leads college access and completion support for students and families in the Ward 8 community.

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Iris Chen

New York Site Entrepreneur

Wildflower Schools

Region: New York, '90

Iris Chen began her career as a 4th and 5th-grade teacher at P.S. 307 in Brooklyn, as part of Teach For America's charter corps in 1990. Iris currently leads the startup and growth of Wildflower Schools in New York City.

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Luis Gallegos

Assistant Principal

Alliance Ouchi High School

Region: Massachusetts, '12

Luis Gallegos is a public school educator and has served in schools throughout New England and Los Angeles, CA. As a queer, Latinx school leader, he works from a social justice lens with the goal of empowering students to dismantle systems of oppression.

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Niloy Gangopadhyay

Director of Special Populations

Texas Education Agency

Region: Bay Area, '02

Niloy Gangopadhyay serves as the director of special populations at the Texas Education Agency. In this role, he supports the state's programming for highly mobile and at-risk English language learners as well as gifted and talented students.

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Phillip Garza

Chief College & Diversity Officer

IDEA Public Schools

Region: Houston, '03

The first in his family to graduate from college, Phillip knows the value proposition of an undergraduate degree. He deeply believes in the potential of all students and is committed to expanding educational opportunities for low-income, first-generation, minority students. 

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Christina Grant

Chief, Charter and Innovation Schools

The School District of Philadelphia

Region: New York, '03

As a first-generation college graduate, Christina Grant recognizes that education is the key to success and social mobility. She remains committed to educational equity and access for all students—particularly those from marginalized communities.

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Nancy Hanks

Chief of Schools for Elementary

Madison Public School District

Region: Metro Atlanta, '04

Having gone from a life poverty on the west side of Chicago to becoming a Harvard graduate, Nancy Hanks knows firsthand that students' futures are not predetermined by their personal circumstance.

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Phillip Hon

Dean of Culture

Yu Ming Charter School

Region: Hawai'i, '11

Phillip Hon currently serves as the dean of culture at Yu Ming Charter School in Oakland, California. As a UnifED fellow, he is working in partnership with the Diverse Charter School Coalition to pursue his dream of starting an intentionally diverse school with a focus on pluralism.

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Soenda Howell

Investment Principal

Charter School Growth Fund

Region: New York, '01

As an investment principal at the Charter School Growth Fund, Soenda leads strategies that support the growth of high-quality charter school networks led by entrepreneurs of color across the country.

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