Tommy Dierkes comes to the XPRIZE Foundation with over ten years of experience in the education nonprofit field. Tommy’s background in talent, fundraising and relationship building will serve him well in securing new sponsorships with corporations wishing to advance the work of XPRIZE.
Prior to joining XPRIZE, Tommy led fundraising efforts for Bright Star Schools, a network of nine public charter schools across Los Angeles. In this role he deepened relationships with existing donors and cultivated new partnerships with foundations, individuals and corporations to meet Bright Star’s annual fundraising goals. Before moving to LA, Tommy worked as a recruiter at DC Public Schools, identifying outstanding individuals to teach in the district’s 112 schools serving over 50,000 students.
Tommy holds a Master’s in Public Administration from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service and a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the College of William and Mary.