Teach For America corps members and alumni continue to hold a high bar for students and educators. Through their work in and outside of the classroom, they demonstrate their commitment to equity and excellence.
Teach For America corps members and alumni from all over the country have been crucial to education innovation and reform in NYC, forming the backbone of the founding teams of schools and initiatives across the city. More than 1,400 alumni continue to teach in the classroom.
Today more than 5,400 TFA alumni—approximately half of whom did the corps in another region other than NYC—live and work in NYC. They have been a source of talent and leadership at every level to support the educational progress over the past decade.
Close to 300 alumni are leading schools as principals, assistant principals, and deans. More than 50 percent of schools in high-performing charter networks are led by TFA alumni. Alumni have also founded new district and charter schools, often staffing their schools with teams of fellow alumni. Together, at schools like KIPP, Success Academies, WHEELS, and Eagle Academy, they are helping kids beat the odds.
Alumni lead networks of schools and critical system-wide initiatives. Examples include CMO founders Dave Levin and Morty Ballen and senior current and former DOE leaders like Cami Anderson, Johannah Chase, Sarah Jonas, Sophia Pappas, Paymon Rouhanifard, Marc Sternberg, Amy Way and John White. The New York Times Editorial Board recently named three TFA alumni as strong candidates for Chancellor.
TFA alumni have founded at least 25 opportunity-expanding nonprofit organizations, such a Blue Engine, Co-Op, Goals Genius, Kinvolved, NYC Urban Debate League, and STEM From Dance.
TFA alumni are also influential in philanthropy as program officers and directors at Ford, Gates, Overdeck, Robin Hood, Walton Family Foundation, and New York Community Trust.
Policy & Advocacy
Our alumni are serving in local policy roles, with Mark Levine on the city council and three alumni serving on community education councils.
Alumni are also actively advocating for NYC students through organizations such as Educators 4 Excellence, Families for Excellent Schools, and Advocates for Children.
TFA corps members and alumni are among the loudest voices calling for protecting DACA students and teachers, equitable pay for pre-K teachers, diversity in the education workforce, culturally responsive education, and restorative justice practices.
Alumni Work in Education and Roles Impacting Low-Income Communities
Over 160K Students Served
Regional Staff & Board Leadership
Jennifer Early, Chief of Staff
Karin Oxford, Associate, ED Support
Alfredo Rodriguez, Director, Talent Recruitment
Lauren Andrews, MD, Development
Ragina Arrington, Director, Recruitment Partnerships
Bessie Goggins, Director, Individual Giving
Imani Hope, Managing Director, Community Affairs
Crisne Lebron, Associate, Development
Melissa Lootens, Director, Data & Research
Tae McKenzie, Coordinator, Community Affairs
Dinean Robinson, Director, Communications & Marketing
Julia Schmidt, Associate, Individual Giving
Carissa Simmons, Associate, Corporate & Foundation Relations
Neysa Yoon-Cho, VP, External Affairs
Brighid Bennett, Director, Programs
Maleka Buonviri, Director, Program Operations
Maya Bhattacharjee, Director, Programs (Manhattan)
TJ Burkett, Managing Director, Program Design
Eunice Cho, Director, Programs (Bronx)
Angelina Collazo, Director, Programs (Bronx)
Justina Foggie, Director, Corps Operations
Priscilla Forsyth, VP, Programs
Caroline Gundersen, Manager, Corps Member Hiring
Myra Gupta, Director, Programs (Brooklyn)
Lisa Hackett, Senior Managing Director, Programs
Lindsay Hoffman, Associate, Program Operations
Enuma Igweatu, Director, Programs (Bronx)
Alexandria, Linn Director, Programs
Kelly Lisy, Director, Programs (Manhattan)
Aarti Marajh, Director, Programs (Manhattan)
Yisande Marte, Coordinator, Corps Operations
Reuben Ogbonna, Director, Programs (Brooklyn)
Mary Piantadosi, Managing Director, Program Operations
Nadja Shaw, Director, Program Design
Fanny Spencer, Director, Programs (Brooklyn)
Yeimmy Torres, Director, Programs
Brian Wallace, Managing Director, Programs
Margaux Zanelli, Director, Programs (Bronx)
Elie Bilmes Director, Alumni Learning & Development
Tyler Schelpat Manager, Alumni Projects
Joseph V. Amato
President and CIO, Neuberger Berman
Linnea Conrad Roberts
Founder and CEO, GingerBread Capital
Head of School, The Spence School
Global Head of Distribution, Co-Head of Solutions and Multi-Asset Group, Morgan Stanley
CEO, Arena Holdings Management LLC
Kristen Edgreen Kaufman
President & Co-Founder, Acrocorinth, Inc.
Co-Founder and Chief Facilitator, Student Success Network
Director, Education, Overdeck Family Foundation
Chief Executive Officer, Glenview Capital Management
Deborah Rosado Shaw
Founder and CEO, Rosado Shaw Group
Managing Principal, Monarch Alternative Capital LP
Partner, Securities, Goldman Sachs
David S. Williams
National Principal, Policy, Government Relations and Citizenship, Deloitte
De’Shawn A. Wright*
Senior Manager, Public Policy, Uber
Professor, Columbia Business School
The Associate Board is a group of young NYC professionals who help build sustainable support for Teach For America New York through events, fundraising, and volunteering.
Vanessa Tantillo Aronson (New York 2014)
The Arc Companies LLC
Brian Becker (Bay Area 2009)
Nicole Brisbane (Miami Dade 2005)
Democrats for Education Reform
Josh Brookstein (New York 2003)
Sahn Ward Coschignano, PLLC
Vornado Realty Trust
Two Sigma Investments
Scott Fry (Chicago–Northwest Indiana 2009)
Silverstein Properties, Inc.
Carolyn Harbaugh (Rio Grande Valley 2008)
The Boston Consulting Group
Yin Lin (New York 2011)
Ernst & Young LLP
A.J. Nagaraj (Hawai‘i 2006)
Stony Brook University
Sperry, Mitchell & Company
Hudson Bay Capital Management
Andrew Senter (Bay Area 2010)
Oscar Health Insurance
Evan Shields (Metro Atlanta 2012)
R4 Capital Funding
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co
JP Morgan Chase
Grace Sutherland (Charlotte-Piedmont Triad 2012)
Green Vale School
National Basketball Association, Inc.
Adrian Uribarri (Chicago–Northwest Indiana 2010)
Marketing and Communications Consultant
Associate Board Co-Chair
Associate Board Co-Chair