Senior Education Innovation Fellow
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Alicia Herald is a senior education innovation fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Herald started her career as a fourth-grade teacher as a Teach For America (TFA) corps member in south-central Los Angeles. She later joined the TFA staff as a national recruiter, selector, and most recently, the founding executive director of the Kansas City regional office. In that role, she managed the regional team of twenty, overseeing the development of more than 200 teachers and 150 alumni annually. While in that role and completing her MBA at the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis, she had the idea that led to the launch of myEDmatch. Herald remains a passionate educator and spends a lot of her free time supporting education efforts. She is the vice chair of the KIPP Endeavor School Board and chairs the first Missouri Public Charter School Commission. Herald earned her undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis, a master’s degree in elementary education from Loyola Marymount University, and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. She won “top education technology pitch” in the SXSW Venture 2 Venture competition, was a 2014 Pipeline Fellow, and was named Pipeline’s Innovator of the Year and Pitch of the Year.