Dr. Arun Ramanathan has a stellar track record of leading and growing education organizations. For the past five years, he has served as the CEO of Pivot Learning, an Oakland, California based nonprofit that annually works with over 100 high-need school districts in 16 states. Pivot’s mission is to partner with educators to design and implement solutions to their greatest challenges in achieving educational justice in areas including curriculum implementation, special education reform, and secondary school redesign.
Prior to joining Pivot, Arun served as the Executive Director of the Education Trust West, California’s leading education policy, research and advocacy organization. He has also served as Chief Student Services Officer in the San Diego Unified School District charged with managing multiple district departments including special education, mental health and counseling with combined budgets exceeding $350 million. He started his career as a special education teacher and paraprofessional.
Arun is an immigrant to the U.S. and an English Learner. He received his B.A. from Dartmouth College, M.Ed. in Elementary and Special Education from Boston College and earned a doctorate in Administration, Policy and Social Planning from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.