Elisa Villanueva Beard
Elisa Villanueva Beard became the sole chief executive officer of Teach For America in 2015, after serving as the co-CEO alongside Matthew Kramer for two years. Prior to her role as CEO, she led Teach For America’s field operations as the chief operating officer. Elisa also returned to her hometown after teaching for three years as a 1998 Phoenix corps member to serve as the executive director of the Rio Grande Valley region. Under her leadership, Teach For America currently impacts more than 750,000 students in over 2,600 schools. Elisa has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from DePauw University.
Emma Bloomberg is the founder and CEO of Murmuration, an organization that is transforming how political campaigns, advocates, and organizers identify, engage, and mobilize people and communities so that every child in the United States can receive an education that prepares them to lead productive, fulfilling, and happy lives. Before founding Murmuration, Emma was chief of staff at Robin Hood, one of the largest anti-poverty forces in the nation. A graduate of the Harvard Business School and the Kennedy School of Government, she also holds a degree in English and a certificate in medieval studies from Princeton University. She currently serves on the boards of the KIPP Foundation, Park Avenue Armory, and the Bloomberg Family Foundation.
Mike Buman is the executive director of Leadership for Educational Equity. Most recently, he was a partner in the New York office of the global management consulting firm McKinsey & Co., where he was a leader in the financial institutions practice focusing on insurance and asset management. He has also worked with many education organizations throughout New York City. Prior to McKinsey, Mike worked at Electronic Data Systems in software development. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and New York University Stern School of Business.