Marla Kilfoyle is executive director of the Badass Teachers Association and Melissa Tomlinson is the assistant executive director of the Badass Teachers Association. Kilfoyle has been a teacher in the Social Studies Department at Oceanside High School in New York for 29 years, and she is the mother of a 14-year-old son. She is also on the steering committee for the New York State Allies for Public Education and is National Board Certified.
Tomlinson is a teacher of students with special needs at the middle school level. Along with teaching and advocacy, Melissa runs the after-school program in her school building, providing a place for students to receive extra educational assistance, exposure to career possibilities and a safe place to be after school hours. Melissa is the mother of two sons.