Tequilla BrownieExecutive Vice President, TNTP

    A native Arkansan, Dr. Tequilla Brownie is passionate about interrupting intergenerational poverty and improving social mobility for all students, and views education as a key conduit for equity and meaningful change.Dr. Brownie is an Executive Vice President with The New Teacher Project (TNTP), a national education consulting firm based in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Brownie leads TNTP’s Organizational Strategy and Policy, Advocacy and Community Coalitions work. Her team’s work is focused on improving local and national academic outcomes and disrupting educational inequities to ensure all students are afforded an opportunity to be successful.

    Before joining TNTP, Dr. Brownie worked for nine years in Memphis City Schools, where she oversaw the district-wide effort to improve student outcomes by increasing teacher effectiveness. Working alongside TNTP’s staff, Tequilla helped build community support for quality education, and drove human capital reforms that led to significant policy changes. She is also a licensed therapist and worked as a school social worker, where her focus was on supporting students’ and families’ efforts to improve academic and social outcomes. Dr. Brownie is a sought-after national speaker on policy issues, and frequently presents to key state legislatures and other leaders at the national and local level to drive important policy changes related to educational equity.

    Dr. Brownie is a proud graduate of a rural Arkansas public school system. She holds an undergraduate degree from Yale, a masters degree from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville, and a doctorate of education from the University of Memphis, where she completed her dissertation on policy implications surrounding teacher effectiveness.

    Dr. Brownie and her husband, Derrick, U.S Army (Ret.), reside in Marion, Arkansas, with their 9 year-old son, Markell.