Virginia Emmons McNaught

Global Field Academy, Miami, Fla.

Virginia is the founder of a home school enrichment center called Global Field Academy, which she plans to expand into a network of global learning experiences in field-based, multi-age K-12 micro campuses located in underutilized spaces across the United States.

Virginia is a successful social entrepreneur who is President & Co-Founder of Educate Tomorrow, a non-profit that supports foster youth and is also a co-founder of the SEED School of Miami. Virginia began visioning the Global Field Academy while developing her first school in the Peace Corps in West Africa. Before becoming a Drexel Fellow, she led Educate Tomorrow in strategy and growth, forging key strategic partnerships locally and globally with a more than $3M operating budget.

In 2015, Virginia was recognized at the Red Cross Women’s Spectrum Awards for her work in education. She was recognized by the White House by both President Bush and Obama for her work with Educate Tomorrow and as a spokesperson for the Peace Corps. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville where she was student body President and on the varsity soccer team. She is a graduate of the University of Miami with a Master’s in Education, specializing in Community & Social Change.