As Vice President of Alumni Leadership Development at Teach For America, Naya is responsible for building, integrating, and systematizing opportunities for over 32,000 Teach For America alumni to maximize their impact, and, grow and accelerate their personal and professional leadership in the ongoing fight for educational equity. In this role, Naya leads Teach For America's Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Values-Based and Competency Based Leadership Development teams. Naya initially joined Teach For America staff in 2006 as a Director of Talent Recruitment and then as the inaugural Director of Alumni Affairs in Los Angeles. Since that time, and prior to her current role, Naya has been a leader on the national Alumni Affairs team, directly supporting regions in developing alumni impact strategy.
Naya's previous work experience includes six years working as the Executive Director of a school-based non-profit, Norwood Healthy Start Family Resource Center, in South Los Angeles. During her tenure, Naya quadrupled the organization's funding base, significantly expanded collaborative membership, and piloted innovative violence prevention programming. She also provided county-wide leadership in the development of model school-based and school-linked programs. Prior to her work with Healthy Start and Los Angeles Unified School District, Naya worked for former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan.
Naya's entre into, and passion for, education began in 1994 during the time she spent as a Teach For America corps member in Washington, DC where she taught elementary English as a Second Language in her placement school for 3 years and later worked as a middle school bilingual counselor.
Naya is a graduate of Smith College with a double major in Latin America Studies and Literature, and, holds a Master's of Administration in Educational Leadership from Pepperdine University. She chairs the Board of Directors of BookEnds, a local literacy non-profit, and is a Leadership California Fellow alumna. Naya lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Drew Furedi and their 5-year old son Cai. Naya originally hails from rural Alamosa, Colorado and has a deep love for the Southwest. She also enjoys traveling, hiking, and exploring new places and foods as well as spending time with her family (which currently usually includes playing with some sort of legos).