Case | HBS Case Collection | June 2006 (Revised April 2007)

Wendy Kopp and Teach For America (A)

by William W. George, Diana Mayer and Andrew N. McLean


In 1995, Wendy Kopp, founder and president of Teach for America, faces a worsening budget shortfall and sharpening challenges from education experts concerning her organization's mission and effectiveness. Provides information on the leadership development of the protagonist, tracing her youth and education and the process of launching Teach for America. Raises questions about social entrepreneurship, organizational and leadership development, and sustainability of leadership.

Keywords: Mission and Purpose; Leadership Development; Social Entrepreneurship; Education; Education Industry; North and Central America;


George, William W., Diana Mayer, and Andrew N. McLean. "Wendy Kopp and Teach For America (A)." Harvard Business School Case 406-125, June 2006. (Revised April 2007.)