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Dr. Arun Ramanathan


Dr. Arun K. Ramanathan brings a wealth of experience and a deep passion for education to his role as CEO of PowerMyLearning. He is widely respected for his exceptional leadership qualities and expertise in driving transformative change in the education sector. 

Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Dr. Ramanathan served as the Chief Executive Officer of Pivot Learning, an Oakland-based non-profit that partners with K-12 schools across the nation to improve teaching and learning in English and Math. During his time at Pivot, Dr. Ramanathan dramatically grew the organization’s earned revenue, reach, and impact, and raised tens of millions of dollars in philanthropic support.  

Prior to 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 has served on multiple non-profit and philanthropic 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.