Leadership & Staff

Pivot Learning Leadership and Staff

Our work is made possible by our exceptional staff, who represent decades of work in public education.

Arun Ramanathan
Arun RamanathanChief Executive Officer
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.more
Allison Carter
Allison CarterVice President, Education Programs
Allison Carter leads a portfolio of grant-funded projects, which includes three networks of school districts working together to solve shared problems of practice, several research-focused projects, and a project focused on working with districts to redesign state-mandated Local Control and Accountability Plans. Through these projects,more
Nadya Chinoy Dabby
Nadya Chinoy DabbyChief Growth Officer
Nadya Chinoy Dabby is an education leader with experience improving learning opportunities for underserved students in government and nonprofit organizations. As Pivot Learning’s Chief Growth Officer, Dabby oversees organizational strategy and development, philanthropic partnerships, and research/evaluation. Previously, she served as an appointee of Governor Brownmore
Arielle Davies
Arielle DaviesDirector, Product Development
Arielle is Director of Product Development at Pivot Learning. She manages the product development process for Pivot’s portfolio of new and existing products for schools and districts. With over a decade of experience in product management, product marketing, education, and early childhood development, Arielle has demonstratedmore
Samantha Dsilva
Samantha DsilvaExecutive Assistant
Samantha has multiple administrative support roles at Pivot which span supporting our program and executive teams, as well as managing the office. She enjoys using her skills to "connect the dots" and help her team complete the big picture of giving every child a chancemore
Rebecca Eiseman
Rebecca EisemanResearch Associate
Rebecca Eiseman assists the research projects and internal evaluation efforts at Pivot Learning. Prior to joining Pivot Learning, she facilitated the fundraising and programmatic efforts for mission-driven organizations such as the California State Parks Foundation, Urban Sprouts, and People’s Community Market. Rebecca has also pursuedmore
Nicodemus Ford
Nicodemus FordSenior Program Manager
Nicodemus has an unwavering commitment to the transformation of youth and lives a life reflective of those ideals. Nicodemus is currently the program manager for the Rural Professional Learning and Math Placement Network with Pivot Learning. Nicodemus has held positions with the Region IX Equitymore
Amy Fourrier
Amy FourrierProgram Manager
Amy Fourrier manages research projects and internal evaluation efforts at Pivot Learning. Prior to joining Pivot Learning, she managed the fiscal sponsorship of a portfolio of grassroots social justice movement organizations at Movement Strategy Center. She has five years of social sector research experience atmore
Sophie Green
Sophie GreenProgram Manager, Development & External Relations
Sophie Green has worked in education for nearly ten years, first as a teacher and then as program staff for educational equity efforts in California's nonprofit sector. In her role as Program Manager for Pivot Learning, Sophie manages grant processes and development work for themore
Leah Guevara
Leah GuevaraSenior Program Manager, District & School Partnerships
Leah provides program management support to all of Pivot’s fee for service partnerships with school districts. She works directly with Pivot coaches on scope of work, contract and budget development, time reporting and payment, and management of engagements with our partners. Leah joined Pivot inmore
Erick Harrison
Erick HarrisonIT Manager
Erick Harrison has been guiding CORE’s technology infrastructure for over 17 years. He brings with him to Pivot over 2O years of experience framing and implementing advanced technology and business solutions. Erick has expertise in most things Microsoft, including Windows, Windows Server, Exchange and Officemore
Joyce Highhouse
Joyce HighhouseDirector, Education Programs
Dr. Joyce Highhouse has led our work around building organizational leadership capacity using a user-centered design approach. Dr. Highhouse has been responsible for deepening learning around continuous improvement with an equity lens.  She facilitates a Professional Learning Network supporting Local Education Agencies in fostering improvementmore
Johannah Kaplan
Johannah KaplanChief Talent & Culture Officer
Johannah has two decades of experience leading program and people operations in the education sector. Her career has focused on building and managing internal operations and staff. She is an experienced culture-builder, professional developer, and strategist, with a strong record of success in developing staff skill, performance,more
Elizabeth Maki
Elizabeth MakiSenior Program Manager
Elizabeth Maki, Senior Program Manager, leads the work on Pivot's California Curriculum Collaborative initiative. Elizabeth has worked in education in the for over a decade with experience in teaching, school administration and operations, school systems design, assessment design and early childhood education. Prior to joining Pivot, Elizabethmore
Hannah Melnicoe
Hannah MelnicoeSenior Program Manager
Hannah Melnicoe, Senior Program Manager, manages research projects and internal evaluation efforts at Pivot Learning. Prior to joining Pivot Learning, she was an Education Pioneers Analyst Fellow in Marin County, where she worked on strategic data projects. She has four years of experience in socialmore
Monica Ng
Monica NgVice President, Education Programs
Monica Ng, Ed.D. is an experienced educator and educational consultant. She holds a Master’s degree in School Leadership and a doctorate in Educational Policy, Leadership, and Instructional Practice both from Harvard University. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego. Shemore
Jignasha Pandya
Jignasha PandyaSenior Program Manager
Jignasha Pandya is an experienced educator and designer who loves building equity-focused, culturally relevant, human-centered learning environments for students and adults. In her current role with Pivot, she serves as a design coach for networks of districts to support them in utilizing the design processmore
Ernesto Salta
Ernesto SaltaSenior Accountant 
Ernesto Salta’s expertise spans the breadth of the finance and accounting fields, including A/P, A/R, G/L, grant-based and project accounting, banking and investment accounts, and audits. He has spent over 25 years in the finance and accounting fields, both in the Middle East and themore
Randy Westbrook
Randy WestbrookAccountant
Randy Westbrook is Pivot’s Accountant, and is responsible for accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, account reconciliations, and staff support. Raised in a family of educators, Randy is inspired to be a part of the Pivot team, and takes pride in the work we do tomore
Mark Simmons
Mark SimmonsChief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer
Mark joined the Pivot team following the acquisition of CORE in June 2017.  He spent over 14 years working with CORE as their Chief Operating and Financial Officer. He brings more than 25 years’ experience in building financial management and accounting functions in small andmore

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