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|Board Bio - Tina Fernandez|
Tina Fernandez, Board Member
Executive Director, Achieve Atlanta
Having experienced first-hand the transformative power that a college degree can have, Tina Fernandez has committed her life to ensuring that all kids have the opportunity to get an excellent education and lead opportunity-rich lives. She leads the nonprofit organization Achieve Atlanta as executive director. Achieve Atlanta works to help students from the Atlanta Public Schools (APS) system apply to college, pay for college, succeed in college, and earn their degrees through a collaborative model. As an intermediary, the organization brings together nonprofits and higher education partners to assist students with the college application process, offers need-based scholarships to thousands of students, and ensures that Achieve Atlanta scholars have support to persist in higher education and earn their degrees.
Prior to this role, Ms. Fernandez was a partner at Bellwether Education Partners, a national nonprofit providing strategic, talent, and policy consulting to education organizations. She also served as a clinical professor at the University of Texas School of Law, where she was twice named Clinical Professor of the Year. In addition, she was the founding director of the school's pro bono program. Prior to that, Ms. Fernandez was managing director of alumni engagement and infrastructure for Teach for America (TFA). She began her professional career as a TFA ’94 corps member and bilingual elementary teacher in the South Bronx.
Ms. Fernandez currently serves on TFA's Atlanta regional board as well as The New Teacher Project’s and Latinos for Education’s national boards of directors. Previously, she served on the State of Georgia’s Education Reform Commission. She earned a B.A. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. Ms. Fernandez lives in Atlanta with her husband Frank and their two children, Franky and Lucia, who attend Atlanta public schools.