Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Arun Ramanathan has a stellar track record of leading and growing organizations, as well as extensive practical experience in a variety of public education settings. He leads Pivot Learning, the largest nonprofit provider of technical assistance in the areas of leadership development, teaching and learning and education finance to school districts in California. With a staff of over 100 education experts, Pivot has worked with more than 250 districts since 2011 and 74 in the last year alone, including a number of districts outside California.
Prior to joining Pivot, Arun served as the Executive Director of the Education Trust-West, the leading education policy, research and advocacy organization focused on closing achievement and opportunity gaps for low-income students and students of color in California. Before his time at the Education Trust-West, he was Chief Student Services Officer in the San Diego Unified School District charged with leading multiple district departments including special education, mental health, nursing and counseling with combined budgets exceeding $350 million.
He has published opinion editorials on a range of education topics in California and nationally. He has been featured on NPR, local radio and television. He has also presented and provided keynote speeches and served on expert panels at dozens of meetings in California and nationally.
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.