Elissa Kim manages Teach For America’s Recruitment and Admissions teams, and recently assumed responsibility for overseeing our Growth, Development and Partnerships team. Since 1999, she has produced a 26% compound annual growth rate in applications. Last year, Elissa and her team attracted over 48,000 applicants—a record for Teach For America; out of those applicants, her team selected 5,800 corps members. In her expanded role, Elissa will apply her many years of experience and insight towards managing TFA's fundraising and development efforts. Elissa joined Teach For America's staff after teaching ninth and tenth grade English for three years as part of the 1996 Greater New Orleans corps. In August 2012, Elissa was elected to the Metro Nashville Public School's Board of Education, representing its 5th district. She is a graduate of Northwestern University, where she majored in history and religion and played varsity tennis.