KASEY FRENCH

Co-Founder | CHRO | CMO

Kasey is originally from San Diego, CA, and graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She was a Teach For America corps member in Colorado and taught middle school Language Arts and Reading Intervention before joining national Teach For America staff in 2014. She currently resides in Seattle where she works as the National Community Impact Office Team’s Director of Regional Leadership and Learning.

She loves to travel, ski, scuba dive, swing dance, work out, play soccer, and do anything active or new (balanced with less active things like reading and watching TV/movies with local takeout). She’s otherwise a big fan of all things Christmas, Harry Potter, and health and wellness (with a strong emphasis on delicious vegan foods).

"The inherent privilege that came from my background as a white, middle-class, cisgender, heterosexual, Christian woman allowed me to think of achievement as a standard (while having no idea I was privileged). The metrics I had for success were similar to the majority of my peers at the time, and I spent a lot of my life aiming for the basic American dream. I checked all the right boxes to get into college, graduate debt-free, and get accepted by Teach For America (TFA) - a highly selective program that places teachers in marginalized and underserved communities for a two-year commitment. My experience at TFA changed everything: who I was, and how I understood the world around me. I maintain a lot of privilege (and an elevated awareness of it), but I can see with greater clarity the lack of equitable access for success beyond paycheck to paycheck survival. Many middle-class millennials like myself are facing increasing difficulty at the prospect of home ownership and have resigned to rent indefinitely.


We were not set up for financial freedom- just the maximum level of relative success to those around us. I was not taught about investing, retirement, nor how to manage my personal finances, and I am not alone in this. The housing market alone is a reflection of systemic racism and classism in America - a system designed to keep a large portion of the population down. Women are still making less money than men for the same work, and the numbers are even more disparate for women of color.


While I have spent the past 9 years working toward educational equity through TFA, I am passionate about starting Hometown because there is a difference between understanding systemic oppression hypothetically and seeing it on the faces of the people that it impacts like the kids in my classroom and the parents that worked so much harder to meet basic needs. I still wholeheartedly believe that educational equity is paramount, but I also want to work toward changing the quality of life for entire communities even without a basis in formal education. I believe that working on the wealth gap can help to close the education and opportunity gaps that are evident in the current market. I am here to support the mission to give other people the same financial foundation, because no one deserves it any more than anyone else for simply being born in a different zip code."