Maaso Kalema
Director, Local Leadership & Development, Teach for America

Maaso Kalema is an educator and advocate who currently serves as a Director of Local Leadership & Development for Teach for America- Eastern North Carolina and is deeply committed to the experience of our youth and communities. She was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota by way of Uganda. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities in Environmental Science & Political Science and her Master of Science degree from John Hopkins University in Secondary Education.

In her home state, she has developed and created programming to explicitly address the growing educational disparities in Minnesota alongside various organizations including the City of Minneapolis, Urban Research and Opportunities Center with the University of MN-Twin Cities, NAACP and the Children's Defense Fund.

Maaso is currently a regional director with Teach for America- Eastern North Carolina and serves as a DEI practitioner and facilitator nationally. She most recently sat on the Board for the Apprend Foundation and served as an educational consultant for North Carolina's Department of Natural and Cultural Resources integrating research based historical and cultural knowledge for the development of museum exhibits and corresponding standards aligned resources and lessons for K-12 educators around the state. She is a former science educator and received first year Teacher of the Year for Nash Rocky Mount Public Schools.

Maaso enjoys developing leaders in education to maximize impact for families and communities and additionally serves as Director of Culture with ENC STEM, a North Carolina based organization committed to increasing presence through creating a pipeline to address the disparity and under representation of women and people of color in STEM.

Maaso believes that holistic and quality education is an act towards justice and liberation and strives to work towards global solutions to educational equity and outcomes. She has researched and studied educational systems around the world including South Africa, Bangladesh and Kenya where she has had the opportunity to work, serve and learn.

She is also a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.