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.
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.
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.
New York Site Entrepreneur
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.