July 12, 2020

Podcast 41 | Matt Kramer Bio

th-2Matt Kramer first discovered Teach For America when his then-fiancée joined the 1998 corps in New York City. Matt tutored recent graduates of the middle school where she taught math and saw firsthand how much potential they had and how much work they needed to do to catch up. While working at McKinsey & Company, a management consulting firm, he started doing pro bono work for Teach For America and the New York City Department of Education. Soon after becoming a partner at McKinsey in 2005, he took a sabbatical to serve as Teach For America’s chief program officer, overseeing recruitment, admissions, teacher preparation and support, and alumni affairs. In 2007, he finished the sabbatical and became Teach For America’s president, now responsible for all of Teach For America’s work in partnership with CEO and founder Wendy Kopp. In 2013, Matt was named co-CEO alongside Elisa Villanueva Beard, when Wendy became Teach For America’s board chair. In his nine years with Teach For America, Matt has met thousands of extraordinary people who have been drawn to this mission, and he has remained steadfast in his belief that all children, regardless of race or socioeconomic background, can succeed at the highest levels. Matt received a B.A. in economics from Harvard University and currently lives in the Twin Cities area with his wife, two daughters, and two dogs.

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