Dr. Arun Ramanathan is the CEO of Pivot Learning. Prior to joining Pivot Learning Partners, Dr. Ramanathan 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. Before his time at the Education Trust-West, he was Chief Student Services Officer in the San Diego Unified School District charged with leading special education and multiple other departments including mental health, nursing and counseling with combined budgets exceeding $350 million. He has also served as Research Director for the Modified Consent Decree in the Los Angeles Unified School District, inclusion facilitator, paraprofessional and Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA).
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. He serves on a number of non-profit boards.
Dr. Ramanathan 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’s Graduate School of Education.
He is married to Indelisa Carrillo, a long-time teacher of English Learners. They have two girls, ages 14 and 16.