Pema Latshang is the founding Executive Director of Teach Western Mass (TWM). She has worked in urban public education since 2003, as a teacher, school, and district leader in New York City, Holyoke, and Springfield. Originally from the Western Massachusetts area, she received a B.A. in Public Policy with Honors from the University of Chicago and an M.S. in Educational Leadership from Baruch College-CUNY, along with an M.S. in Elementary Education from Pace University. Pema is skilled at building innovative systems, programs, and organizations that produce quality education for all students and gives educators what they need to be effective. As a former teacher, Pema knows that dedicated teachers are pivotal in paving the way for inclusive and transformative learning experiences that are the launchpad to economic mobility. Pema serves on the board of Thonmi, a small Buddjist translation non-profit organization, and the Tashi Nyima Foundation, a small foundation supporting education in Eastern Tibet.