Elisa Villanueva Beard
CEO, Teach For America
Closed captions in English, French, German, and Japanese will be available for this session by October 26.
Join Elisa Villanueva Beard, CEO, Teach for America for a discussion on the thought leadership agenda in Education.
Technical Level: General Audience
Teach For America
Elisa’s journey with Teach For America started as a 1998 corps memberin Phoenix. She joined staff in 2001 to lead the organization’swork in her hometown in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. Four years later, she became chief operating officer, leading Teach For America’s field operationsas the organization expandedfrom 22 to 48regions, growing its network from 12,500 to more than 43,000 leaders in 2013while improving student outcomes each year.
In 2015, Elisa became chief executive officer of Teach For America. Today, under her leadership, Teach For America impacts hundreds of thousands of students each year in some2,500 schools across the country. TheTeach For America network of 62,000 leaders is working inside and outside the classroom 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 andLeadership for Educational Equity. She lives in Houston with her husband, Jeremy, and their four sons.
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