Arun Ramanathan


  • Curriculum
  • Instructional tools
  • Remediation and intervention
  • Academic standards
  • Common Core
  • Research and methodology
  • Education technology
  • District reform
  • Personalized learning

Arun Ramanathan is the CEO of Pivot Learning, an Oakland, California based nonprofit that annually works with over 100 high-need school districts in 16 states. Pivot’s mission is to partner with educators to design and implement solutions to their greatest challenges in achieving educational justice in areas including curriculum implementation, special education reform, and secondary school redesign. Prior to Pivot, Arun served as the executive director of the Education Trust West, California’s leading education policy, research and advocacy organization. He has also served as chief student services officer in the San Diego Unified School District charged with managing multiple district departments including special education, mental health and counseling with combined budgets exceeding $350 million. He started his career as a special education teacher and paraprofessional. He received a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, a master’s degree in elementary and special education from Boston College, and a doctorate degree in administration, policy and social planning from Harvard University.