Leadership & Staff

Pivot Learning Leadership and Staff

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

Tyler Allman
Tyler AllmanProgram Associate
Tyler supports the teams including Curriculum Implementation, Research, Marketing & Communications, and Development. Before joining the Pivot team Tyler worked as an Office Manager and Professional Development & Coaching QRIS Program Associate supporting various initiatives for the Child Care Alliance of Los Angeles. She has also workedmore
Thomas Acampora
Thomas AcamporaDirector of Education Programs
Thomas Acampora has over 15 years of experience working in and with schools to improve outcomes for students. He began his career as a high school social studies teacher in Baltimore City, where he was named Maryland's History Teacher of the Year in 2008. Thomas left themore
Sean Arseo
Sean ArseoResearch Manager
Sean leverages the power of data analytics to challenge systemic injustice and promote community empowerment. At Pivot Learning, Sean oversees a portfolio of applied research projects to innovatively support educators that include measuring school districts’ stability and evaluating the usability of instructional materials. He alsomore
Allison Carter
Allison CarterVice President, Curriculum Services
Allison Carter is Vice President, Curriculum Services at Pivot Learning. The portfolio she leads focuses on educational equity through the adoption and implementation of high-quality instructional materials and aligned, equitable instruction. Before Allison led the Curriculum Services portfolio, she led a different, broader portfolio ofmore
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 EisemanSenior Research 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
Sophie Green
Sophie GreenDirector, Growth and Strategy Operations
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 Director for Pivot Learning, Sophie manages grant processes and development work for the organization,more
Johana Guardado
Johana GuardadoProgram Associate
Johana Guardado supports the Innovation and Research and Evaluation efforts at Pivot Learning. Before joining the Pivot team, Johana worked as an Administrative Coordinator for the talent team at Green Dot Public Schools, a charter management organization in Los Angeles, California. She received a B.Amore
Leah Guevara
Leah GuevaraDirector, Business Operations
Leah leads the Business Operations for Pivot’s fee for service partnerships with school districts. She works directly with Pivot coaches and staff 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
Aliza Husain
Aliza HusainVice President of Research and Evaluation
Dr. Aliza Nadir Husain is an education researcher with a focus on using quantitative methods to understand policy and practice issues, with the goal of improving student lives. As Pivot’s Vice President of Research and Evaluation, she works with external partners to implement and evaluatemore
Faaria Hussain
Faaria HussainCommunications & Development Associate
Faaria supports communications and development efforts at Pivot Learning. She has dedicated her time to improving educational experiences and advocating for equitable access for historically underrepresented students. Prior to jointing the Pivot team, she worked in nonprofits and local government. As an undergraduate, Faaria providedmore
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
Maryia Krivoruchko
Maryia KrivoruchkoDirector, Innovation
Maryia leads Pivot’s Innovation team and portfolio, focusing on launching and scaling products that will increase Pivot Learning's overall impact. These products represent a mix of focus areas, all focused on serving high-priority student populations (e.g., English Learners and multilingual learners) and related policy areasmore
Kelsey Kidwell
Kelsey KidwellMarketing Manager
Kelsey uses her love for words, stories, and people to positively impact children's education and health. At Pivot Learning, she manages social media, coordinates and helps to lead multi-channel marketing, and develops compelling new content to grow the reach and impact of the organization's work.more
Jamahr McDaniel
Jamahr McDanielSenior Director, Curriculum Services
Jamahr McDaniel has been dedicated to ensuring equitable experiences for all educators and students for the past 16 years. As Senior Director for the Curriculum Services team at Pivot Learning, he oversees the delivery of our Curriculum Adoption and Implementation services for high-quality instructional materialmore
Briana Lupica
Briana LupicaManager, Talent and Culture
Deeply rooted in the mission of educational equity, Briana comes to Pivot with a decade of experience in the public education sector. Briana started her career as an educator through Teach For America, teaching elementary and middle school in Wilmington, DE. Through her experience inmore
Jignasha Pandya
Jignasha PandyaDirector, Business Development
Jignasha Pandya brings over twelve years of experience in varied education roles to her current role as Director of Business Development. . Jignasha’s leadership, collaborative and  entrepreneurial spirit are evident through each role;  most recently as an adept client manager, providing strategic partnership and consulting tomore
Arun Ramanathan
Arun RamanathanChief Executive Officer
Dr. Arun Ramanathan is an education leader, expert, and current Chief Executive Officer of Pivot Learning, an Oakland-based non-profit that partners with schools and districts across the nation to ensure a rigorous, relevant, and inclusive public education for all students by developing instructional coherence andmore
Gavin Reagins
Gavin ReaginsProgram Associate, Curriculum Services
Gavin Reagins supports the curriculum work across multiple programs at Pivot. Before joining the Pivot team, Gavin owned all operations and logistics aspects of executing professional development events for the alumni team of The Broad Center. His experience includes developing and overseeing event registration processes,more
Morgan Sheppard
Morgan SheppardProgram Manager, Innovation
Morgan serves as the Program Manager on the Innovation Team at Pivot Learning, managing a range of projects including revamping the CalCurriculum website, launching an asynchronous academy for families of multilingual learners, and helping California districts measure ease of implementation with their instructional materials. Morganmore
Sunday Steele
Sunday SteeleManaging Director, Curriculum Services
Dr. Sunday Steele is a passionate, mission-driven educator who has dedicated the past twenty-three years advocating for students and dismantling educational barriers. As Managing Director for the Curriculum Services Team, Sunday supports the team with deploying Pivot and CORE’s Adoption and Implementation Services for high-qualitymore
Kathleen Stevens
Kathleen StevensDirector, Curriculum Services
Kathleen Stevens is an educator with experience as a middle school math teacher, curriculum coach, instructional technology coordinator, and district level director. She most recently served as Director of Mathematics for a large, urban district in North Carolina where she supported the adoption and implementationmore
Sarah Murphy Traylor
Sarah Murphy TraylorProgram Manager, Curriculum Services
Sarah serves as a Program Manager with Pivot Learning, supporting high quality instructional materials implementation in districts in California as part of our CalCurriculum Project. Sarah majored in education at Texas A&M University and began teaching 7th Grade ELA at Waller Junior High in Waller,more
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
Edwina Woods
Edwina WoodsDirector, Curriculum Services
Edwina Woods is a visionary leader and strong motivator who inspires educators, school districts, and students to thrive. As Director, Curriculum Services, Edwina brings to Pivot Learning more than 25 years of education service and leadership. Before joining Pivot, Edwina was a secondary English Languagemore
Clay Willis
Clay WillisDirector, Marketing & Communications
Clay Willis is a mission- and impact-driven strategic communications leader who has devoted his career to the belief that public education is our most crucial lever for redressing systemic inequities and injustice and advancing democracy. As the Director of Marketing and Communications, Clay helps connectmore

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