Garrett Bucks is the Executive Director of Teach for America – Milwaukee. More importantly, he’s a dad, a husband and a proud adopted Milwaukeean and Riverwester whose biggest passion in life is helping the town he fell in love with become known not for segregation and inequity but justice, inclusiveness and an educational system where every one of our city’s kids is allowed to be brilliant.
He brings longstanding passion and deep knowledge of education to this role. As a 2003 New Mexico corps member, Bucks led his fifth grade students to grow three grade levels in math and two in reading. He then completed a Fulbright Fellowship in Stockholm and worked as a teacher at the Heartland Alliance in Chicago. As the founding Executive Director in Milwaukee from 2009-2011, Bucks oversaw a growth in corps size, tripled the organization’s revenue base, and grew the number of school partners from 1 to 20. Most recently, he served as the chief culture coach for the national offices of Teach For America, supporting the work and goals of the organization’s 50,000 corps members, alumni, and staff members. Prior to being chief culture coach, Bucks held the position of chief marketing officer. He has a bachelor of arts degree from Earlham College.
Outside of work, he tries to be a nice guy and a good neighbor. He is a board member for Schools That Can Milwaukee and Rocketship’s Milwaukee region and is worth following on twitter: @garrettbucks.