KIPP Alumni Leadership Accelerator

For KIPP alumni aspiring to hold positions of influence and impact, this program supports your growth through professional development, mentorship, and network-building.

2022 KIPP Alumni Accelerator Fellowship

Now in its fifth year, twenty-three remarkable KIPP alumni have been selected from hundreds based on their visions for making positive change through high-level positions of influence and impact.

After submitting applications, resumes, and letters of recommendation (some even 2 or more times), we were able to capture the moment our Fellows found out they were accepted to the program. See how they reacted:

The 2022 Fellows will:

  • Receive twelve hours of personalized, executive leadership coaching
  • Attend two leadership conferences
  • Access networking and skill building opportunities
  • Collaborate with a tight-knit cohort of peers and fellow KIPP graduates

Meet the 2022 KIPP Alumni Accelerator Fellows

German Barbosa
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German Barbosa

KIPP Texas Public Schools – Houston

German Barbosa’s career aspirations have always been centered in the political sphere. After earning a BA at St. Thomas University and a BS in economics at the University of Houston, he has interned for Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, worked as a legal assistant in law offices, and taught AP Government and Politics at KIPP Texas. Currently, he is a Field Director for the political campaign of Dolores Lozano, a KIPP Texas alum and 2019 Leadership Accelerator Fellow, who is running for Harris County Justice of the Peace. German believes we must elect more members of his community to positions of power that understand the resources our communities need.

Sarah Bond
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Sarah Bond

KIPP Baltimore

Sarah Bond’s career path has been greatly influenced by her upbringing in Baltimore City. In college, she discovered the field of urban planning as a perfect blend of her interests in cities and civil service. She holds a Bachelor’s in Geography with a minor in Urban Studies from the University of Mary Washington. In 2020, she graduated from the University of Maryland’s School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation with a Master’s in Community Planning. She currently works as a Transportation Planner in the D.C. region, and her planning interests include transportation, equity, gender, schools, and families. Outside of urban planning, Sarah’s graphic design work has been featured on posters throughout DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

Eliza Catalino
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Eliza Catalino

KIPP NYC Public Schools

Eliza Catalino holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising and Spanish from Syracuse University. She entered the teaching profession due to her personal connection with Teach for America and KIPP. She taught for seven years, and while teaching pursued her master’s degree from the Relay Graduate School of Education. When she decided to widen her impact and enter school leadership, she earned an additional master’s in School Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Raised in the South Bronx, Eliza is excited to have returned home to serve and lead in the community where she grew up. She intends to become a middle school principal with the ultimate goal of becoming a network leader overseeing multiple middle schools.

Simone Chapman
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Simone Chapman

KIPP DC Public Schools

Simone Chapman hopes to bring awareness to environmental justice, in order to influence environmental policy implementation and combat climate change. She received a MS in Natural Resources: Environmental Conservation & a Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Science from the University of New Hampshire (UNH), as well as a BA in Environmental Studies from Temple University. She hopes to use software and tools to actively combat the effects of climate change on marginalized communities. She wants to become a leader in federal organizations, nonprofits or international organizations to leave a legacy of helping solve challenging environmental issues while also targeting public and mental health in addition to financial literacy.

Jennifer Castanza
Jennifer Constanza
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Jennifer Castanza

Jennifer Constanza

KIPP Texas Public Schools – Houston

Jennifer Constanza is a Houston native who graduated from Duke University with a BA in Public Policy. During her time at Duke, Jennifer focused on energy policy. Her undergraduate thesis examined how the liberalization of the Mexican energy market created opportunities for American oil and gas companies. Currently, Jennifer is a consultant for PA Consulting, a global consulting company that specializes in strategy, technology, and innovation. Over the past year, she planned and coordinated a partnership between her firm and the National Society of Black Engineers to increase the recruitment of Black professionals and raise funds to continue building that pipeline for years to come. From the electrification of transportation to the decentralization of the electric grid, Jennifer wants to be a leader in addressing the energy and infrastructure needs of low-income communities.

Lawrence Davin
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Lawrence Davin

Lawrence Davin has come full circle at KIPP, from attending KIPP DC to now teaching social studies and orchestra there. After graduating from KIPP, he majored in Political Science at Radford University. While at Radford, Lawrence was able to study abroad in Cuba, studying US-Cuban history and relations. Lawrence is very active in local politics in the DC area, having been elected to two local seats and working on ongoing campaigns. His most immediate goal is to graduate from law school and focus his studies on legal housing, education, and economic development issues so he can impact the local community and continue to run for office.

Siena Dean
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Siena Dean

KIPP Albany Community Public Schools

Siena Dean currently holds the position of Sr. Associate of Community Engagement at Management Leadership for Tomorrow, a nonprofit organization focused on equipping Black, Latinx, and Native American talent to secure high-trajectory careers. Previously, she served as consultant and administrative coordinator for the KIPP Foundation and CLEAResult; at KIPP, she has supported the creation of strategic frameworks for alumni engagement and skill development. Her volunteer and internship roles include Girls Inc., New York State Black and Puerto Rican Legislative Caucus, William Floyd Learning Center, Albany City Rocks, and APEX History Museum. Siena is passionate about diversity, inclusion and equal access to opportunities for underserved communities, and she hopes to one day lead a global talent development team for a Fortune 500 company.

Paula Fernandez-Baca
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Paula Fernandez-Baca

KIPP Texas Public Schools – Houston

Paula Fernandez-Baca is a consultant for global management consulting firm Bain & Company and recently graduated with her MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. After graduating with honors from The Johns Hopkins University, she taught students at KIPP Houston through Teach for America, and has worked in fundraising and advocacy for the KIPP Foundation, KIPP Bay Area, and Teach For America – Bay Area. She aspires to eventually return to the social sector, leading organizations making an impact in education and workforce development for underserved communities. She also hopes to be active in politics and policy that promotes equitable opportunities and community development. Paula holds an alumni board position with Miss Porter’s School, and since moving back to Texas has loved reconnecting with her hometown Houston and being closer to family.

Dulce Gonzalez
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Dulce Gonzalez

KIPP Massachusetts Public Charter Schools

Dulce Gonzalez is the founder and president of Youth Without Borders, which organizes youth lead initiatives that seek to keep members of urban communities actively engaged, included, and represented through working closely with community stakeholders. During the pandemic, she led a group of over a dozen volunteers to help hundreds of local residents receive food security, financial support, and access to resources. She has also advocated for legislation that would allow for undocumented immigrants to earn a driver’s license so they can drive without the fear of deportation. As a legislative aide for Massachusetts State Senator Brendan Crighton, Dulce worked on all stages of drafting bills, advocacy, communications, and collaboration with diverse audiences including stakeholders, community organizations, local, state, and federal legislators. In 2015, Dulce received the President’s Education Award from President Barack Obama for outreach, engagement and excellent academic achievement.

Jozlyn Hall
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Jozlyn Hall

KIPP Texas Public Schools – Dallas

Jozlyn is a proud member of KIPP TRUTH Academy’s founding class. She went on to attend Townview Health Magnet High School, where her passion for healthcare blossomed. Jozlyn graduated from Texas Woman’s University in 2015 with a BS degree in Biology. After graduating, she became the founding 6th Grade Science teacher at KIPP Destiny Middle School for the 2015-2016 school year. She transitioned from education back into health and decided to work in Orthopedic Oncology while attending Nursing School at University of Texas at Arlington, where she earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. Jozlyn is currently a Registered Nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, where she gets to combine both compassion and critical thinking skills to render the best care to her patients and their families. Jozlyn serves as the Founding Co-Chair for KIPP DFW Alumni Association, whose mission is to cultivate a safe space for KIPP DFW Alumni to network and be the greatest version of themselves.

Selah Hampton
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Selah Hampton

KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools

Selah Hampton graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy and later earned a BA from Princeton University with a concentration in chemistry and minors in African American studies and dance. She began her career as a business development associate for Walmart eCommerce, and is now the senior manager of growth at US Mobile, a telecommunications tech startup, where she leads strategic partnerships and drives hyper-growth initiatives. In the fall of 2020, Selah founded ReTell Bookstore, an online bookstore with a curated selection of titles written by Black authors, with the dual goals of increasing literacy in underserved communities and creating space for discourse about race. ReTell donates 25% of each dollar spent to partner schools in the form of classroom sets of books. Selah is passionate about education equality and accessibility of opportunities and resources to all, and aspires to create and develop community businesses with innovative, sustainable business models. Her civic engagement includes serving as the vice-chair of the Princeton Prize in Race Relations and as the nominating and governance co-chair for the junior board of Girls, Inc.

Kevin Hidalgo
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Kevin Hidalgo

KIPP NYC Public Schools

Kevin Hidalgo, son of Ecuadorian immigrants, is a Harlem native who was part of the founding class at KIPP Infinity Middle School and KIPP NYC College Prep. After KIPP, he attended The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania, where he studied economics with a concentration in management. Now a Senior Financial Analyst at American Express, he aspires to become a manager within the next couple of years and set the foundation to pursue a role in product management. In conjunction with his career growth, he turned his attention to his leadership outside the workplace, such as being part of the KIPP New York Alumni Association and volunteering his time to do pro-bono consulting for a local nonprofit through PennPAC.

Bobby Hill
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Bobby Hill

KIPP ENC College Prep Public Schools

Bobby Hill is a graduate of Parsons, The New School for Design and the International Business School of São Paulo, Brazil. Bobby has served as a speaker at the United Nations Global Compact Leaders’ Summit, where over 25,000 leaders from business, government, and civil society convene to develop action steps to combat and track climate crisis, global pandemic response, economic disparities, and social inequalities. Hill has also developed his presence in the fitness industry as a wellness coach and has been featured in the New York Times as a top athlete changing the scope of fitness through recreation in community parks. Hill has earned honorable mention in several congressional art competitions, was featured in The Brooklyn Museum’s “Stop the Hate” exhibition, and is a National Beta Club Art convention winner.

Eliseo Iglesias
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Eliseo Iglesias

KIPP Texas Public Schools – Houston

Eliseo Iglesias is a first-generation Salvadoran American who earned a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Science from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. In August of 2021 he completed his doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio. During the later years of his PhD work, Eliseo was an adjunct faculty member at Trinity University, where he advised several senior design capstone projects and taught introductory and second-year engineering design courses. He has presented his research in conferences all over the country, and oversees in Russia and Greece. He plans to continue his academic journey and become tenure-track college faculty. Eliseo hopes to use his own experience to create a path for other young students in underrepresented and underserved communities to achieve positions of leadership in the STEM field. He has served on STEM panels at UTSA, the KIPP School Summit, and at various KIPP schools in the San Antonio area. Additionally, he participated in KIPP’s Pay It Forward program, mentoring a young KIPP alum at the University of Houston.

Vivian Lin
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Vivian Lin

KIPP Public Schools Northern California

Growing up in Silicon Valley, Vivian Lin became fascinated by technology and its role in everyday life. She is pursuing a career in health informatics and is passionate about advancing digital healthcare, whether by analyzing health outcome data or designing user experience applications. Her career aspiration is to help develop programs with huge user platforms such as Apple, Facebook, and Amazon to deliver more convenient access to health care and make lasting, positive change for the greater community. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, and received her BS in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine.

Brenda Meza
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Brenda Meza

KIPP NYC Public Schools

Born in Mexico and raised in the South Bronx, Brenda prides herself on being a first-generation DACAmented immigrant. She graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University in 2019, with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy. Over the past two years, Brenda has worked with Eli Lilly and Company as an HR Business Associate, and currently sits at the HR International Business Unit supporting Eli Lilly’s Latin American affiliates. She serves as co-lead of the community outreach pillar to the company’s Latinx employee resource group, seeking to better engage talent with the community’s needs. She also serves on the planning committees of two mentorship programs for local Latinx/undocumented talent in Indiana.

 

Andranae Nelson
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Andranae Nelson

KIPP DC Public Schools

A graduate of KIPP DC: KEY Academy, Andranae Nelson received a full tuition scholarship from the Posse Foundation to attend Bucknell University, where she graduated with a BS in Business Administration and a Spanish minor. She currently works as a Communications Associate at JPMorgan Chase & Co., and leads marketing and communications for an internal program for the East region, United States. In her spare time, Andranae serves on the board of directors for ScholarCHIPS, a non-profit organization that provides college scholarships, mentoring and a peer support network for children of incarcerated parents. She also volunteers for the Keystone teen leadership program of the Greater Washington Boys and Girls Club. One day, she hopes to lead her own creative agency, using world-class design and visual storytelling to bring brands to life on an international scale.

Asile Patin
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Asile Patin

KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools

Asile Patin is a community advocate, facilitator, and Black studies scholar from Atlanta, Georgia. Her work centers Black liberation, healing justice, and building today’s Black liberation movements across the Diaspora. She has researched the intersections between Black business movements, social mobility, and colorblind systems while studying in Paris, France through Syracuse University’s Paris Noir program. Asile was a 2020 Georgia Women’s Policy Institute Fellow, advocating for gender pay equity legislation.  She was also an inaugural Highlander Center ‘Seeds of Fire’ grant recipient, designing and facilitating a series of intimate focus groups within Black communities to discuss the political landscape in Georgia. Asile is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and holds a dual Bachelor of Arts Degree in African American Studies and Civic Engagement from Syracuse University.

Juwan Rainer
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Juwan Rainer

KIPP Philadelphia Public Schools

Juwan Rainer is the co-founder of REACH, a cohesive and comprehensive coaching and tutoring development program for high school students.  A graduate of Villanova University as a business administration major, he has been a financial analyst for more than three years at large firms like PNC and Cigna. He is the Vice President of the Villanova Black Cultural Society and a member of the Multicultural Business Association. He hopes to become the Chief Executive Officer in his organization and continue to build a pipeline for inner city high school students to get to prestigious universities.

Joao Pedro Vieira Silva
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Joao Pedro Vieira Silva

KIPP Public Schools Northern California

Joao Pedro Vieira Silva hopes to bring a constructive force to our communities and cultures through a people first business approach. He is the founder of Underrepresented Teenagers Advocacy Program, a nonprofit organization. geared towards providing aid, representation, and support to child. Joao currently works at Gardenland Power Equipment, where he developed a self-service locker that allows customers to pick up parts without having to come inside and wait in line. A graduate of De Anza Community College and San Jose State University, he aspires to a management role in business development or operations at his current company. His dream is to set up a program that will benefit small business owners and landscapers, who often do not benefit from policy changes and government programs.

Ayanna Smith
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Ayanna Smith

KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools

An Atlanta native, Ayanna Smith attended KIPP WAYS Academy and KIPP Atlanta Collegiate High School. After KIPP, she studied Public Health Sciences at Xavier University of Louisiana. As an undergraduate, she was propelled into the field of Maternal and Child Health, with a focus on breastfeeding. She developed and implemented BreastFedEd, an award-winning program which serves as the breastfeeding education curriculum for Xavier University’s Nutrition and Health courses. Currently, Ayanna is pursuing a Master’s of Public Health degree at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and training to become a lactation consultant through the Mary Rose Tully Training Initiative. Her career goals include increasing African American representation and prioritizing BIPOC communities’ wellness in the broader discussion of breastfeeding.

Kei-Sygh Thomas
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Kei-Sygh Thomas

KIPP New Jersey – Newark

Kei-Sygh Thomas is a freelance journalist specializing in news and features, and an aspiring software developer. Most recently, she was an education reporter in her hometown Newark, the largest school district in New Jersey. She has been published in hyperlocal, local, and national news media sites, and was an editorial fellow for The 74. She loves to research and combine data with moving personal narratives to raise awareness of important issues and their solutions. Kei-Sygh dreams of harnessing technology and amplifying community impact through corporate social programs. She speaks three and a half languages, has traveled to almost a dozen countries on four continents, and wants to build a career that can take her abroad.

Tatiana Wynn
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Tatiana Wynn

KIPP ENC College Prep Public Schools

Tatiana Wynn hopes to impact the world through educational leadership. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, she taught for two years as a middle school teacher in Henderson, NC before becoming the Director of Human Resources and a part of the leadership team at the Henderson Collegiate charter school network. During this time, she has created and transformed policies related to employee relations and organizational culture. During the pandemic, Tatiana earned her MBA from North Carolina A&T State University. She hopes to expand her influence in supporting leaders with their mission to provide a quality education and access to college to communities in need. She is also the parent of Autumn, an energetic and inquisitive baby girl.

About the Accelerator

Our vision: Across sectors and industries, there will be equitable and meaningful representation of people of color in the highest levels of leadership and influence, who will have an outsized impact on our society, making the world a better place.

KIPP Accelerator Fellows build leadership skills, learn how to leverage new tools and frameworks, and network with industry leaders and peers to make the connections necessary for reaching high-level positions of leadership and influence. The fellowship is a selective, 9-month, cohort-based experience which is personalized based on each fellow’s aspirations.

Applications for the 2023 cohort will launch in summer 2022. We welcome you to complete this interest form if you are interested in receiving direct updates regarding the program and the application. If you have questions regarding the program, please reach out to accelerator@kipp.org.

 

Former Alumni Accelerator Fellows

To date, 84 alumni have participated in the Accelerator, furthering their careers in entrepreneurship, non-profit management, the arts, finance, policy, law, medicine, health and fitness, construction, law enforcement, academia, and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • The 2021-22 application is now closed. Please check back for updates on next year’s application.

    • Access to a community of peers and other KIPP alumni leaders across the country
    • 13 hours of virtual 1:1 coaching from executive coaches at MLT
    • Introductions to leaders and influencers in your career field
    • Participation in two 4 day in-person Summits throughout the year
    • Access to entrepreneurs and like-minded change agents
    • Engagement with the KIPP Foundation Board, KIPP donors and KIPP champions
    • Professional development trainings and skill workshops
  • We look for leaders across all career sectors! The best time to apply for the Accelerator is when you already have a sense of your career, leadership, and professional interests. Most applicants will have 2-10 years of work experience. A Bachelor’s degree is not required. Over the last three years, applicants have come from over ten KIPP regions, twenty career fields, and ranged in age from 22 to 34.  Ideal candidates:

    • Alumna/us of a KIPP middle or high school
    • Extraordinary track record of leadership and professional achievement
    • Ambitious goals and a vision to have an outsized impact on others
    • Demonstrated persistence in pursuit of career aspirations
    • Strong communication abilities
    • Two years of work experience preferred
    • Commitment to attend all coaching and networking sessions, travel for in-person summits, and participate fully in the other components of the program
  • Please view this rubric to learn more about selection criteria.

  • The best time to apply for the Accelerator is when you already have a sense of your career, leadership, and professional interests. This program will help you to the next step. Two years of work experience is preferred.

  • The 2021-22 application is now closed. Please check back for updates on next year’s application.

  • The 2021-22 application is now closed. Please check back for updates on next year’s application.

  • We have had a small number of fellows who currently work for KIPP. If you are currently an assistant principal or teaching for KIPP and interested in school leadership, we suggest that you instead look into other KIPP programs like the KIPP School Leadership Program . If you are working for a regional team or the KIPP Foundation, you may still apply and we encourage you to be specific about how this program can help your career and leadership aspirations over the next year.

  • We recommend that you wait to apply if you are still in college. The program will be more beneficial to you when you are you a few years into your career. Candidates in graduate school are welcome to apply.

  • Yes. A Bachelors Degree is not required for the program. We look for leaders across all sectors.

  • Many applicants are not selected the first time they apply – so it is VERY common to reapply. If you have applied before and are still interested in the program, we highly encourage you to consider reapplying. The Accelerator selection team looks holistically at where you are in your career, and a lot can change in a year! By reapplying, you also demonstrate your commitment to your leadership goals. If you are reapplying to the Accelerator and would like to talk to someone from our team, please fill out the interest form and then reach out to our team at accelerator@kipp.org.

  • Yes. We require two references for this fellowship. Recommenders will be asked to fill out a short paragraph through this online form.

  • There is no cost to fellows. Tuition, travel, lodging, food, and all materials will be paid for by the KIPP Foundation.

  • You are expected to spend up to 10 hours a month dedicated to the individual leadership components of the fellowship. You will also be expected to attend both in-person summits: generally a 4-day summit in Chicago, IL in February and a 4-day summit next summer (location TBD).
    • October 2021 – Applications are due
    • November 2021 – Fellows are accepted into the Accelerator
    • November 2021– January 2022 –  Program Kickoff and Virtual Programming
    • February 22-27, 2022 – 4-day Leadership Summit in Chicago, IL (tentatively in-person)
    • March – May 2022– Individualized Leadership Virtual Programming
    • June or July 2022 – 4-day Leadership Summit Location TBD
  • You will receive an email before November 15, 2021 notifying you about whether you are selected.

  • Yes, you need to be fully vaccinated to participate in all in-person Accelerator events. KIPP Accelerator program partner, MLT, stands by local health regulations as the gateway to in-person gatherings. We also value the safety and health of our fellows, coaches, instructors, and staff. Therefore, in order to participate in the in-person events, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination. Failure to do so will mean that you are ineligible to participate in the program at this time. We appreciate your understanding.

  • If you have questions or just want to say hello, please reach out to accelerator@kipp.org. Someone on our team will get back to you soon! You can also fill out the interest form to get an email when next year’s application launches.

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