Dr. Emily Frank is a general pediatrician and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco and works providing primary care and working in the Emergency Room. She also serves as the Director of Health Education Partnerships in UCSF’s Center for Science, Education, and Outreach, and teaches at Life Academy in the Oakland Unified School District. She serves on the American Academy of Pediatrics executive committee for the Council on School Health.
Dr. Frank graduated from Dartmouth College with a BA in Biology and a focus on education. She earned her Secondary Science Teaching Credential in Biology from Alliant University while teaching in Vallejo, California. She then earned her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine – Mainetrack Program where she graduated with Honos Civicus. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at the University of California in San Francisco in the PLUS:Pediatric Leaders Advancing Health Equity Program. She has taught middle school, high school, and community college courses.
Her interests include empowering young people with skills in health literacy and health advocacy and helping diversify the healthcare workforce through initiatives focused on developing interest and skills amongst high school students.
Nick Simmons is the Senior Advisor for School Reopening and Recovery in the Office of the Secretary at the United States Department of Education. In this role, Nick advises the Secretary of Education and leads the Department and Biden Administration’s efforts to safely reopen schools across the nation and to support students and staff with recovering from the fallout of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Previously, Nick served as the Director of Strategic Initiatives for the State of Connecticut and Advisor to Governor Ned Lamont. In this role, Nick designed, led and coordinated policy priorities for the Lamont Administration focusing on issues of education, workforce development, economic development and infrastructure. Nick began his career in education serving as a seventh-grade math teacher, assistant-principal and acting school leader of middle schools in Harlem, New York. He holds a Master of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor’s Degree from Yale University.
Elisa’s passion for educational equity comes from personal experience. She grew up in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas and developed a deep commitment to Teach For America’s mission as a student at DePauw University, where she was one of just a few Mexican American students. Her journey with Teach For America started as a 1998 Phoenix corps member.
Elisa joined staff in 2001 to lead the organization’s work in her hometown as executive director of the Rio Grande Valley region. Four years later, she became chief operating officer, leading Teach For America’s field operations as the organization expanded from 22 to 48 regions, growing its network from 12,500 to more than 43,000 leaders in 2013 while improving student outcomes each year.
In 2015, Elisa became chief executive officer of Teach For America. Today, under her leadership, Teach For America corps members reach hundreds of thousands of students each year in nearly 2,000 schools across 37 states and the District of Columbia. The Teach For America network of more than 66,000 leaders is working from every sector to ensure that all children have the access and opportunity to reach their full potential and achieve their dreams.
Elisa holds a B.A. in sociology from DePauw University. She sits on the boards of the Holdsworth Center, City Fund, and Leadership for Educational Equity, and on the advisory board for the AT&T Aspire Accelerator. She was named in 2021 to ALPFA’s 50 Most Powerful Latinas list.
Elisa lives in Houston with her husband, Jeremy, and their four sons.