Tomás Recart

Enseña Chile

Tomás Recart began to think of education as a systemic problem while working as a civil engineer for four and a half years with low-income municipalities in the Metropolitan Region of Chile. In 2006, he began to pursue his master’s degree at Harvard’s Kennedy School. During his first month at Harvard, Tomás attended a presentation in which he heard Wendy Kopp speak about Teach For America and its Theory of Change. He immediately contacted other friends from Chile who had similar ideas for improving education, and together they met Kopp in November of 2006 to discuss their vision for starting a program similar to Teach For America in Chile. After a lengthy process of launching a feasibility study, in 2008 Tomás assumed the responsibility for directing the launch of Enseña Chile. He was granted the Raymond Vernon Award from the Harvard Kennedy School, an award given to the student who best exemplifies the values of the Master’s in Public Administration/International Development program, for commitment to international development, academic achievement, citizenship, and potential future leadership. Upon completing his degree, Tomás returned to Chile in July of 2008. Within six months, Enseña Chile secured public and private support, and funds to be applied over a three year period. In light of Enseña Chile’s first two years of success, Tomás Recart was named the 2010 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the year in Chile and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2011. Tomás loves music and sports, especially mountaineering, a passion that he shares with his wife, Fernanda. Together, in 2005 they climbed the highest peak in the Americas, Mt. Aconcagua (6,859m). Both Tomás and Fernanda hope to share this passion with their daughter, Ana, and their sons, Matias and Josue.