Elisa Villanueva Beard is the co-CEO of Teach For America. She first became part of the organization as a 1998 corps member in Phoenix where she taught first and second grade bilingual education. She joined Teach For America's staff in 2001, first leading the organization's work in her hometown, the Rio Grande Valley, and later serving as chief operating officer. She and her husband, Jeremy, have three sons and live in Houston, TX.

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