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One day, all children in Nashville and Chattanooga will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.
The Alumni Leadership is here to support your individual leadership in knowing the role you want to play in the movement for educational equity and to support the collective leadership of alumni in connecting and leading each other.
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Juan Pablo Martinez, Director, Alumni Collective Impact

Juan Pablo co-founded Teach For Ecuador, partner in the global Teach For All network, before relocating to Nashville in 2018 to earn his Master's in Organizational Leadership and Communication. He joined the TFA Nashville-Chattanooga team supporting our talent, strategy, and operations before joining the alumni team in fall 2019.

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Casey DeFord, Director, Alumni Talent & Leadership

Casey is a 2012 Mississippi-Delta alum who was an 8th grade literacy teacher and School leader before joining TFA staff in 2019. She joined the TFA Nashville-Chattanooga team supporting corps member leadership development before joining the alumni team in fall 2021.

David Baird, Managing Director, Chattanooga

David is a bilingual educator from Chattanooga, TN, who has worked across a variety of roles in school leadership and education policy. As Managing Director, Chattanooga, David is excited to lean into the burgeoning movement for racial justice happening in the city and strengthen Teach For America's partnership with community leaders and organizations driving the push for educational equity for all students.

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  • Alumni Engagement in Chattanooga

  • Supporting Chattanooga corps members


Rachel Tompkins, Managing Director, Alumni Leadership

An AmeriCorps alum and graduate of Vanderbilt University, Rachel began her career in social services with the Tennessee Department of Human Services and continued onto Aegis Sciences Corporation, where she worked with human resources. Rachel joined the staff of Teach For America Nashville in 2014 and worked with the external affairs team until 2018, when she dove into the work of meeting, supporting, and connecting with our alumni network of over 900 in Nashville and Chattanooga.

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