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Lida Jennings

Lida Jennings

Executive Director

Teach For America Los Angeles

Lida has been with Teach For America LA for over a decade becoming the Executive Director in 2013. She is a passionate advocate of educational equity and an aspiring anti-racist leader.

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Our Teams

Teach For America Los Angeles has three teams working towards our long-term goalby 2030, twice as many children in communities where we work will reach key educational milestones, indicating they are on a path to economic mobility and a future filled with possibility. 

  • The External Affairs Team ensures Teach For America Los Angeles has the institutional support from external constituents to continually strengthen and grow in alignment with our strategic vision, and ensure the collective success of our students and communities.
  • The Impact in Schools & Community Team supports and develops corps members throughout the Teach For America program continuum to cultivate the leadership we need for systems change in Los Angeles and beyond. 
  • The Los Angeles Regional Strategy, Talent, and Operations team creates the conditions necessary for the regional team to thrive and achieve ambitious goals.

Meet Our Staff

Managing Director, Strategic Partnerships

Abra Sussman

Managing Director, Development

Megan McGuane

Senior Managing Director, Impact in Schools and Community

Michelle Hatchford

Managing Director, New Teacher Onboarding

Casey Smith

Senior Managing Director, Regional Strategy, Talent, & Operations

Ashley Terada