Teach for America Announces Unorthodox New Leadership Plan

Teach for America Unveils Unorthodox Leadership Plan 1

Teach for America’s founder, Wendy Kopp, center, is stepping aside and handing the reins to Matt Kramer and Elisa Villanueva Beard, who will share the top job. Neither one works in the charity’s New York headquarters.

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Teach for America’s founder, Wendy Kopp, center, is stepping aside and handing the reins to Matt Kramer and Elisa Villanueva Beard, who will share the top job. Neither one works in the charity’s New York headquarters.

Wendy Kopp, the founder of Teach for America, announced this month that she would step down as chief executive and hand the reins to two longtime senior executives at the charity, in one of the most unusual leadership arrangements for a big national nonprofit.

Ms. Kopp, who envisioned a Peace Corps-like program for education 24 years ago in her undergraduate thesis at Princeton University, turned Teach for America into one of the nation’s largest charities, with a $229-million