Elisa Villanueva Beard is a DataEthics4All Top 100 DIET Champion 2021, and the CEO at Teach For America. Elisa’s journey with Teach For America started as a 1998 corps member in Phoenix. She joined staff in 2001 to lead the organization’s work 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 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 the country. The Teach For America network of 64,000 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. DataEthics4All is proud to call Elisa Villanueva Beard a DIET Champion 2021 for her work in Data and Diversity, Inclusion, Ethics and Equity in Technology and AI to help the Society.
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