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About Dr. Arun Ramanathan
CEO, Pivot Learning Partners
Dr. Arun Ramanathan is currently the CEO of Pivot Learning Partners and former Executive Director of the Education Trust—West (ETW), California’s leading policy, research and advocacy organization focused on closing achievement and opportunity gaps for low-income students and students of color. During his tenure as Executive Director, ETW has built a reputation as a driving force for educational equity. Arun has been a teacher and paraprofessional in New England and California and has also worked in large urban school districts as a Research Director, Executive Director of Government Relations, and Chief Student Services Officer where he had responsibility for ten departments and a budget of $350 million. His work on education policy has been published in an array of journals including the Teachers College Record and the Phi Delta Kappan and his editorials have been published in a wide array of newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Jose Mercury News. Arun received his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, his M.Ed. from Boston College, and his Ed.D. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His family immigrated to the U.S. in 1976 and he began his schooling as an English Learner. He is married to Indelisa Carrillo, a longtime teacher and they have two daughters in a Spanish immersion elementary school in Oakland Unified.