When Owen Rood joined the K12 and Character Program in June 2015, he was already familiar with its mission; he worked at the Foundation the previous summer as a Teach For America (TFA) Fellow conducting research on character education.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Rood served for three years as a TFA Milwaukee Corps member. He taught special education, instructing students with cognitive disabilities at the Bradley Technology and Trade School in Milwaukee.

Rood earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Tufts University. He was a member of the men’s varsity swimming and diving team. He was team co-captain, three-time Academic All-American, and three-time All-American or Honorable Mention All-American.


B.A. in history from Tufts University