Larkin W. Tackett
Larkin Tackett is the Founder and CEO of MAYA Consulting, which provides a range of services in the education sector. Prior to his consulting career, Mr. Tackett served as Executive Director of IDEA Public Schools in Austin, where he managed school principals and led the organization’s community engagement, fundraising, and growth in the Austin region. By 2022, IDEA Austin will grow from six to 26 schools and serve more than 20,000 students. Mr. Tackett raised $20 million in philanthropic funding to support this growth. In 2017, he won the Austin Under 40 Award for Youth and Education. In addition to his work at IDEA, Mr. Tackett served as the director of Place-Based Initiatives in the Obama Administration’s U.S. Department of Education. There, he managed the Promise Neighborhoods program and led the Department’s place-based strategy to support comprehensive education reform in high-poverty neighborhoods. Mr. Tackett also worked at the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs and served as legislative director for Texas State Senator Judith Zaffirini and committee director for California State Senator Dean Florez. He began his career as an eighth grade social studies and journalism teacher with Teach For America at Eliza Miller Junior High School in West Helena, Arkansas, a small town in the Mississippi Delta. When he’s not obsessing about educational improvement, Mr. Tackett loves to read, run, and play with his kids. He has run 23 marathons in different states as part of goal to complete a marathon in each of the 50 states and DC. Mr. Tackett and his wife Katie, a special education professor at UT Austin, are proud foster parents.