(April 14, 2022) Greenwich Harbor Partners was recently retained to partner with Teach for America in order to expand their Jacksonville Board of Advisors. Candidates identified by GHP include Bernard Schmidt, VP of Automation at the Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Kevin Boone, EVP of Sales and Marketing at CSX, Amy Norcross, Education Advocate and Philanthropist, Steven Potts, EVP and CFO at TIAA Bank, and Aundra Wallace, President of the JAXUSA Partnership.
Bernard Schmidt is the Vice President of Automation at the Jacksonville Transportation Authority, where he manages the Ultimate Urban Circulator Program (U2C). Previously, he worked as a General Manager at both Amazon and UTC Aerospace Systems. Bernard holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester and an MS in Production & Operations Management from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Kevin Boone is the Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at CSX, a premier transportation company based in Jacksonville. Prior to his current position, he has filled the roles of VP of Corporate Affairs, VP of Marketing and Strategy, and CFO at CSX. Kevin holds BA in Accounting from the University of Florida and an MBA from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
Amy Norcross is an Education Advocate and Philanthropist and, along with her husband Gary, is the proud parent of a TFA alum. Amy and Gary are deeply motivated by bettering communities through educational opportunity and equity. They have supported this work through a variety of avenues, including the creation of the Gary and Amy Norcross CARE Endowed Excellence Fund that benefits students with demonstrated financial need at the University of Arkansas. Amy is a graduate of the University of Arkansas.
Steven Potts is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at TIAA Bank. Steven has held a variety of positions at TIAA, including Senior Vice President and Senior Technical Accounting Manager. His work has included managing TIAA’s Dodd-Frank Act Stress Testing program and TIAA special projects in acquisitions, divestitures, and new products and programs. Steven holds a BS in Finance and BA in Accounting from Florida State University.
Aundra Wallace is the President of the JAXUSA Partnership, a private, non-profit division of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce. Prior to JAXUSA, he worked as the CEO of the Jacksonville Downtown Investment Authority and the Executive Director of the Detroit Land Bank Authority. Aundra holds a BS in Political Science from Georgia Southern University and an MPA from Clark Atlanta University.
Teach For America recruits outstanding and diverse leaders early in their careers and asks them to become TFA “corps members.” These corps members make a commitment that begins with two years of teaching in a low-income community, where they’re employed by local schools and confront both the challenges and joys of expanding opportunities for kids. After two years, they become part of the TFA alumni network. Informed and inspired by their students, many continue teaching; others pursue other leadership roles in schools and school systems or launch careers in other fields that shape educational access and opportunity. Since 1990, more than 62,000 extraordinary leaders have joined TFA, bringing energy and imagination into classrooms in rural and urban communities across the country. Today, half of the corps identify as people of color, half come from low-income backgrounds, and more than 1,000 corps members and alumni were themselves taught by a TFA corps member when they were students.