Indianapolis, June 29, 2016—Teach For America–Indianapolis announced today that it has named Amar Patel as the new executive director. Patel was previously the managing director of development for Teach For America’s (TFA) Chicago–Northwest Indiana region. A native Hoosier, Patel will oversee regional operations, building community partnerships, and cultivating private and public support.
A nationwide search was launched to fill the role and included members of the Teach For America–Indianapolis Board. “As a Teach For America alumnus and experienced senior staff member of Teach For America–Chicago-Northwest Indiana, Amar brings a deep commitment to our mission and expertise of the organization,” said regional board chair Lisa Sablosky. “His personable approach to people and his work, along with his leadership experience and excellent work ethic will be a huge asset to our region as we move forward.”
Patel started with Teach For America in 2007 as a corps member in Chicago, teaching high school chemistry, biology, and coaching baseball at Wells Community Academy. Upon completion of the corps, he joined the TFA ∙ Chicago-Northwest Indiana development team in a junior role and later served as the head of development and as a leadership team member. During his five years as head of development, Patel led the Chicago–Northwest Indiana region to raise over $65 million to support nearly 1,000 corps members and 3,000 TFA alumni in their work with over 60,000 students.
Patel is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a degree in biomedical engineering. Raised in Terre Haute, Patel has a deep passion for seeing to it that every child in Indiana receives an excellent education. He is moving to the city with his wife Amelia, also was a 2007 TFA ∙ Chicago-Northwest Indiana corps member.
“I’m thrilled to come home and lead in this work alongside countless dedicated and passionate partners, committed to supporting Indianapolis students in their journey to pursue the vocation, career or college of their choice,” said Patel. “There is no more important charge ahead of us, and I’m gratified to join this community in the effort.”
As executive director, Patel will lead the region towards advancing Teach For America’s mission to enlist, develop, and mobilize as many as possible of our nation's most promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence in Indianapolis.
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 effort to end educational inequity. Today, 8,600 corps members are teaching in 52 urban and rural regions across the country while more than 42,000 alumni work across sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education. Teach For America is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.