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Audience in Lecture






Chief Executive Officer




Dr. Tequilla Brownie is the chief executive officer of The New Teacher Project (TNTP), a national advocacy and consulting firm focused on disrupting inequities in public education so all students have opportunities and can achieve success. Prior to taking the helm, she served as the organization’s executive in charge of strategy and policy where she helped drive growth to $100 million in support of the mission. Tequilla came to TNTP in 2013 after nearly a decade working with Memphis City Schools where she led its district-wide efforts to improve student outcomes by increasing teacher effectiveness, in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Raised in the Mississippi Delta from humble beginnings, Tequilla is a proud graduate of a rural Arkansas public school system and earned an undergraduate degree from Yale University. She later received a master’s degree in social work from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a Doctorate of Education from the University of Memphis. Tequilla serves on several national and local nonprofit boards including Stand for Children National Board, Forward Arkansas, The Mind Trust, and Memphis Seeding Success. She was also a founding member and currently serves on the Leadership Committee of Education Leaders of Color (EdLoC). Tequilla is also a Senior Fellow at FutureEd at Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy.

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