Tina Fernandez, Vice Chair

Senior Fellow, Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative

A passionate advocate for social justice and a seasoned leader in talent and leadership development, Tina V. Fernandez has a track record of creating transformative programs and organizations. She is currently a Senior Fellow with the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative. Prior to this, she was the founding executive director of Achieve Atlanta, an organization whose vision is that Atlanta be a city where race and income no longer predict postsecondary success or upward mobility.

Tina was also a partner at Bellwether Education Partners, a national nonprofit providing strategic, talent, and policy consulting to education organizations across the United States. At Bellwether, Tina helped launch the Talent Readiness Pilot and co-led the development of Bellwether’s talent services. Tina also served as a Clinical Professor in the experiential learning division at the University of Texas School of Law and was the founding Director of the school’s Pro Bono Program.

She is also a trustee for the Tull Charitable Foundation, a Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow, and a moderator for the Aspen Global Leadership Network. Tina earned her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and her B.A. from Harvard College. She is originally from the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and is mom to Lucia and Franky.

Imali Ariyarathne, seventh-grade teacher at Langston Hughes Academy, stands in front of her students while introducing them to the captivating world of science

Imali Ariyarathne, seventh-grade teacher at Langston Hughes Academy, introduces her students to the captivating world of science.

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TNTP is the nation’s leading research, policy, and consulting organization dedicated to transforming America’s public education system, so that every generation thrives.

Today, we work side-by-side with educators, system leaders, and communities across 39 states and over 6,000 districts nationwide to reach ambitious goals for student success.

Yet the possibilities we imagine push far beyond the walls of school and the education field alone. We are catalyzing a movement across sectors to create multiple pathways for young people to achieve academic, economic, and social mobility.

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