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Jim Heeter, Kansas City

Former President & CEO

Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

Jim Heeter most recently served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce until 2016.


Nick Melvoin

School Board Member


Region: Los Angeles, '10

Before Nick Melvoin was elected School Board Member in the second largest school district in the country, he was a Teach For America corps member advocating for communities in Los Angeles.


Daniel Velasco

Chief Growth and Impact Officer

Latinos for Education

Region: Bay Area, '07

Teach For America alum Daniel Velasco works to increase the number of Latinx educators pursuing leadership roles within the education sector

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Jamey Delaplane, Greater Philadelphia

Head of Retail Flagship Services

The Vanguard Group, Inc.

Jamey Delaplane is a principal and head of securities and ERISA regulation at Vanguard.


Oscar Romano

School Director

YES Prep Gulfton

Region: Houston, '09

As the first person in his family to graduate college, Oscar Romano was looking at a career in business before he joined the corps. Now, a School Director at YES Prep Gulfton in Houston, helping kids succeed is Oscar's life mission.

Laurisa was involved in the founding of Teach For America Delaware and subsequently served as executive director until 2018.


Kousha Navidar


West Wing Writers

Region: Miami-Dade, '10

Kousha deferred a dream job with Google to make an immediate impact dismantling educational inequity. Today, as a speechwriter, he brings awareness to important issues that influence education.


Thomas Garza

Associate Attorney

Jenner & Block

Region: New York, '09

Thomas first cut his teeth in public service and law as an aide to Texas state senator Eddie Lucio Jr. From that point forward, he has been driven to combine those two passions in his career.

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Leslie Miller Saiontz, Miami-Dade

Education Activist & Philanthropist

Leslie Miller Saiontz is a philanthropist, education activist, and impact investor. Leslie is founder of Achieve Miami, a foundation that launches, scales, and develops programs that narrow the achievement gap.


Tom McSorley



Region: Washington, '06

Tom says he seized on the opportunity to become a corps member after graduating from Harvard to expand his horizons and challenge himself. Now serving as Counsel for SpaceX, he builds on the resilience he learned in the corps.

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