Dr. Arun Ramanathan leads Pivot Learning Partners, the largest non-profit provider of technical assistance in the areas of leadership development, teaching and learning and education finance to school districts in California. 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 in California. He also served as 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 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. 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 University’s Graduate School of Education. In his spare time, Arun enjoys gardening, running and predicting that the Philadelphia Eagles will win the next Super Bowl.
The members of our Leadership Council are Oakland natives, residents, parents, grandparents, former teachers, principals, and alumni of Oakland public schools. Our leaders have deep connections to Oakland and strong backgrounds in education. The Leadership Council supports and guides our work in the best interest of Oakland students.