Board Bio - Tina Fernandez

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Tina Fernandez, Board Member

Executive Director, Achieve Atlanta

Tina Fernandez has spent her career in the legal and education sectors and has been involved in several social-entrepreneurial ventures. She is the founding CEO of Achieve Atlanta, an organization whose mission is to dramatically increase the number of Atlanta Public School students who complete post-secondary education. Prior to this, Tina was a partner at Bellwether Education Partners, a national nonprofit providing consulting services to education organizations across the U.S. and helped launch Bellwether’s talent advising services.

Tina served as a Clinical Professor at the University of Texas School of Law and was the founding Director of the school’s Pro Bono Program. In that role, Tina developed a legal services model to serve nearly 1,000 undocumented students apply for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program. She was twice named Clinical Professor of the Year. Her experiences also include working as Managing Director of Alumni Engagement for Teach For America (TFA), as an attorney with Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP, and as a TFA bilingual elementary teacher in the South Bronx.

Tina is a former board member for IDEA Public Schools and advised on the launch of two charter schools in Austin, TX. She currently serves on the Latin American Association of Georgia board of directors. She has served on countless boards and currently serves on TFA’s Atlanta regional board. She is also a member of several national boards, including TNTP, Bellwether, Latinos for Education, and the National College Access Network. Tina is a Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow and a moderator for the Aspen Global Leadership Network. In 2019 she received the Georgia Latino Law Foundation’s trailblazer award.

Tina earned her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and her B.A. from Harvard College. She lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband Frank and their daughter Lucia, who attends an Atlanta Public School. Son, Franky, is a sophomore in college.