Wendy Kopp

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Wendy Kopp

1991 Fellow
Founder of Teach For America

Wendy Kopp 1991 Fellow

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Eliminate educational inequality by recruiting outstanding recent college graduates of all academic majors to commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools and to become lifelong leaders in expanding educational opportunity.


Wendy Kopp is the CEO and founder of Teach For America. She proposed the creation of Teach For America in her undergraduate senior thesis at Princeton in 1989 and has spent the last 22 years growing the organization's impact. Under her leadership, Teach For America’s nearly 33,000 participants have reached more than three million children nationwide during their two-year teaching commitments. Wendy is also CEO and co-founder of Teach For All, a global network of independent social enterprises which are working to expand educational opportunity in their nations by recruiting and developing their nation's most promising future leaders to commit two years to teach in high-need areas and become lifelong leaders for educational excellence and equity. She resides in New York City with her husband Richard Barth and their four children.

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  • 1991
  • Fellow
  • Public Service & Civic Engagement
  • North America
  • United States

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