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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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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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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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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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Erica Jordan-Thomas

Doctoral Candidate in Education Leadership

Harvard Graduate School of Education

Region: Charlotte-Piedmont Triad, '08

Erica Jordan-Thomas is a doctoral candidate in education leadership at Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has received national and local recognition for her leadership at Ranson I.B. Middle School, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Scott Lan

Career Coach

Eastside College Preparatory School

Region: Los Angeles, '06

Scott is a career coach at Eastside College Preparatory School in East Palo Alto, California. In his current role, he supports Eastside alumni to and through college by instilling the life and leadership skills necessary to succeed in the workplace and beyond.

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Avione Brown Pichon

Chief Administrative Officer

Orleans Parish School Board

Region: Greater Philadelphia, '03

Avione Brown Pichon is a mom, attorney, and education leader with deep roots in New Orleans. She serves as the chief administrative officer for the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB). She is responsible for the implementation of the superintendent’s strategic priorities, administrative duties, and district-wide initiatives.

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Timothy C. Ware


Ware Consulting Group, LLC

Region: Memphis, '06

Timothy C. Ware is the founder of Ware Consulting Group, LLC, an organization that supports institutions and organizations to become agents of change by creating a vision, building alignment and championing execution.

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