Elisa Villanueva Beard

Chief Executive Officer at Teach for America, Inc.

Elisa Villanueva Beard

Elisa Villanueva Beard

Chief Executive Officer at Teach for America, Inc.

Biography

Elisa’s passion for educational equity comes from personal experience. She grew up in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas and developed a deep commitment to Teach For America’s mission as a student at DePauw University, where she was one of just a few Mexican American students. Her journey with Teach For America started as a 1998 Phoenix corps member.

Elisa joined staff in 2001 to lead the organization’s work in her hometown as executive director of the Rio Grande Valley region. Four years later, she became chief operating officer, leading Teach For America’s field operations as the organization expanded from 22 to 48 regions, growing its network from 12,500 to more than 43,000 leaders in 2013 while improving student outcomes each year.

In 2015, Elisa became the sole chief executive officer of Teach For America, after serving as co-CEO alongside Matthew Kramer for two years. Today, under her leadership, Teach For America impacts hundreds of thousands of students each year in nearly 2,500 schools across 51 regions. The Teach For America network of 62,000 leaders is working from every sector to ensure that all children have the access and opportunity to reach their full potential and achieve their dreams.

Elisa holds a B.A. in sociology from DePauw University. She sits on the boards of the Holdsworth Center and Leadership for Educational Equity. She lives in Houston with her husband, Jeremy, and their four sons.

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Career Highlights

Teach for America, Inc.

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2673

Number of Boards

5

Birthday

1977

Age

43

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Co-Founder at Teach for All, Inc.

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Consultant Senior Advisor at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

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Principal at Arthur Rock & Co.

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Former DC Executive Director at Teach for America, Inc.

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Executive Director, Teach for America-Eastern North Carolina at Teach for America, Inc.

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President, Teach for America-Phoenix Associate Board at Teach for America, Inc.

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Managing Director at General Atlantic LLC

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Founder at GingerBread Capital

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Managing Owner at FC Cincinnati

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Executive Chairman at Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB

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Chief Executive Officer at Teach for America, Inc.
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National Director at Blueprint Schools Network, Inc.

Blueprint Schools Network is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to working directly with school districts to close the achievement gap in their lowest-performing schools. Using a blueprint of comprehensive reform strategies, the organization partner with school districts to plan, implement, and monitor the progress of whole school turnaround with the goal of improving educational and life opportunities for students.

Education
BA in Sociology

DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, USA, is a private, national liberal arts college and School of Music with an enrollment of approximately 2,400 students. The school has a Methodist heritage and was originally known as Indiana Asbury University. DePauw is a member of both the Great Lakes Colleges Association and the North Coast Athletic Conference. The Society of Professional Journalists was founded at DePauw. DePauw is home to both the first modern-day sorority and the two longest continuously-running fraternities in the world.

Memberships
Member
2007 - Current

The Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN) is comprised of highly successful entrepreneurial leaders with a focus on values and sights on creating a better society. In being a part of a global network with access to some of the most talented like-minded individuals around the world and the support of the Aspen Institute, these leaders are able to help each other to become more deliberate and impactful in their efforts to make their communities, societies, and the world a better place.

Career History
Chief Executive Officer
1998 - Current

Teach For America (TFA) is a nonprofit organization whose stated mission is to "enlist, develop, and mobilize as many as possible of our nation's most promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence." The organization aims to accomplish this by recruiting and selecting college graduates from top universities around the United States to serve as teachers. The selected members, known as "corps members," commit to teaching for at least two years in a public or public charter K–12 school in one of the 52 low-income communities that the organization serves.

Boards & Committees
Board Member
Current
Member, Board of Directors
Current
Member, National Board of Directors
2001 - Current

Teach For America (TFA) is a nonprofit organization whose stated mission is to "enlist, develop, and mobilize as many as possible of our nation's most promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence." The organization aims to accomplish this by recruiting and selecting college graduates from top universities around the United States to serve as teachers. The selected members, known as "corps members," commit to teaching for at least two years in a public or public charter K–12 school in one of the 52 low-income communities that the organization serves.

Member, Board of Directors
Prior

IDEA PUBLIC SCHOOLS PREPARES STUDENTS FROM UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES FOR SUCCESS IN COLLEGE AND CITIZENSHIP BY PROVIDING EDUCATIONAL SERVICES TO STUDENTS IN GRADE PRE-K (PRE-KINDERGARTEN) THROUGH 12 (TWELVE).

Board Secretary
Prior

Leading Educators partners with schools and districts to maximize the leadership development of early-to-mid-career teachers in order to:- bolster the talent pipeline via identification and training of strong potential teacher-leaders and, in turn,- increase student achievement and- develop the skills and sustainability of teachers on their teams. Leading Educators has teacher-leader Fellowship programs in Greater New Orleans, Greater Kansas City, and Washington, D.C. Metro Area. Strategic Support Initiatives are ongoing in Houston, Connecticut, and Denver.

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$5,000 - $25K
2015

Teach For America (TFA) is a nonprofit organization whose stated mission is to "enlist, develop, and mobilize as many as possible of our nation's most promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence." The organization aims to accomplish this by recruiting and selecting college graduates from top universities around the United States to serve as teachers. The selected members, known as "corps members," commit to teaching for at least two years in a public or public charter K–12 school in one of the 52 low-income communities that the organization serves.

$1 - $99
2007

DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, USA, is a private, national liberal arts college and School of Music with an enrollment of approximately 2,400 students. The school has a Methodist heritage and was originally known as Indiana Asbury University. DePauw is a member of both the Great Lakes Colleges Association and the North Coast Athletic Conference. The Society of Professional Journalists was founded at DePauw. DePauw is home to both the first modern-day sorority and the two longest continuously-running fraternities in the world.

Political Donations
$100
2011

Chief Executive Officer at Equality Illinois

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