Larkin W. Tackett
Larkin Tackett is the founder and CEO of MAYA Consulting. An educational leader and advocate with more than 20 years of experience in all levels of education, he is focused on expanding opportunity by promoting educational equity.
In 2017, Larkin launched MAYA to support education organizations working on behalf of marginalized communities, striving to achieve his vision of giving every child the opportunity to receive a quality education for a brighter future. As CEO, he helps districts and other organizations build community partnerships, create more equitable learning environments, and attain valuable resources that will support the success of all students and their families.
Larkin holds a Bachelor of Arts in politics and history from Brandeis University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to founding MAYA, he served as executive director and vice president of community at IDEA Public Schools in Austin, where he supported principals, led community engagement, and helped to raise more than $35 million in public and private funding.
Prior to leading schools, Larkin served in the U.S. Department of Education as part of the Obama administration. He designed and launched Promise Neighborhoods with the vision of breaking generational cycles of poverty by wrapping children in a seamless pipeline of health, social, and educational supports from birth through college and career. His passion for helping underserved communities thrive began when he taught middle school social studies in the Mississippi Delta with Teach for America, a program promoting educational equity in low-income areas.
Larkin lives in Austin with his wife, Katie, and their four children. Committed to equity across sectors, he is Vice Board Chair of the Center for the Study of Social Policy in Washington DC and leads the Social Justice and Advocacy Core Team for Temple Beth Shalom. Outside of MAYA and his volunteer work, you can find Larkin distance running, reading and playing with his children. He has run 25 marathons with the goal of completing a marathon in all 50 states and Washington D.C.