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Students & Communities

Welcome to My Neighborhood: St. Louis, Missouri

by Susan Brenna

October 1, 2019

How to Stay Grounded in Hope

by Charli Cooksey

October 15, 2018


Greetings from City Hall

by Paula Ann Solis

March 30, 2018

National Council

Dennis Hummel, St. Louis


Maritz Holdings

As president of Maritz Holdings, Dennis Hummel leads the ongoing effort to move Maritz from a centrally-led operating model to one that is business unit-centric.


Matthew Aiken

Litigation Associate

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

St. Louis, '10

As a judicial law clerk for the Fifth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Matthew Aiken dealt with major legal issues on a daily basis. Despite the weight of this responsibility, he credits his ability to embrace the challenge to his time teaching 9th grade math as a corps member.


Brandon Brown

Senior Vice President

The Mind Trust

St. Louis, '08

After holding leadership positions at both TFA–Indianapolis and the Indianapolis mayor’s office, Brandon now serves in an executive role at The Mind Trust, where he where leads a team that recruits and supports outstanding school leaders.


Charli Cooksey

Founder and CEO


St. Louis, '09

Charli’s experience teaching in her hometown showed her what’s at stake—and what’s possible—when a great education hangs in the balance. As the co-founder of inspireSTL and current CEO of WEPOWER, she’s part of an incredible network of St. Louis leaders expanding opportunities for kids. 


OJ Oleka

Chief of Staff & Deputy Treasurer

Kentucky Treasurer Allison Ball

St. Louis, '10

Teach For America alum OJ Oleka uses his college and corps experiences to shepherd education and financial empowerment legislation into law in state government in Kentucky.

The Collective Board

Hazen Fairbanks

Assistant Principal

KIPP North Star Primary

St. Louis, '14

Hazen Fairbanks is from Bemidji, Minnesota and is a proud member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. She currently serves as assistant principal at KIPP North Star Primary.