Chris Graham Selected as Inaugural Member of Teach For America – Rhode Island's Advisory Board
Chris Graham, partner-in-charge of Edwards Wildman's Providence office, has been selected to join the regional board of advisors of Teach For America. The other members of the advisory board include Laurel Bowerman, vice president at Washington Trust Company; Anna Cano-Morales, director of the Latino Policy Institute and University Relations at Roger Williams University; Spencer Dickinson, manager at the Bridgespan Group; Kara Millner, education advocate; Stephanie Preston, vice president of strategic initiatives at Citizen’s Bank; and Phoebe Salten, president and chief executive officer of High Street Properties. In this role, Graham and the board members will lend their experience and expertise to Teach For America – Rhode Island’s efforts to recruit, train, and develop a diverse group of highly effective teachers to work in Rhode Island’s highest need schools and foster their lifelong impact in the movement for educational equity. The new advisory board will offer diverse perspectives on the critical challenges that must be addressed to ensure that every child in Rhode Island has access to an excellent education.
Edwards Wildman has supported Teach For America – Rhode Island since 2010, when it was a launch donor, helping to bring to the program to the Ocean State. The Firm has several Teach For America alumni among its attorneys.
Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding college graduates and professionals to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement to end educational inequity. This year, 60 corps members are teaching in Rhode Island public schools reaching approximately 4,500 students, while more than 140 Teach For America alumni in Rhode Island are working across a range of fields to address the root causes of educational inequity. Seventy-four percent have made education their career—40 percent as classroom teachers and 34 percent in other roles, including principals, school system leaders and policy leaders. For more information, please visit www.teachforamerica.org.