Sanjiv Rao, Ford Foundation

TITLE: Senior Program Officer, Youth Opportunity and Learning

FUNDING AREAS: Educational equity, redesign and scalability of a new school day

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PROFILE:  Sanjiv Rao completed a bachelor's degree in History at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a master's in education from University of California, Berkeley. Rao began his career as an elementary school teacher in California, Texas, and Mexico. His first position in the world of policy was at Brown University's Annenberg Institute for School Reform. His foundation bio shares: 

Sanjiv Rao is a program officer on the Youth Opportunity and Learning team. He has focused on educational equity issues in the United States, making grants that have supported improvements in the public education system’s school day to benefit low-income communities in particular. He has supported innovative efforts around the development, advocacy, and scalability of a redesigned school day and year to close opportunity gaps so that underserved youth have access to the high-quality educational and other learning experiences they need to succeed.

Sanjiv has been with Ford since 2012. Earlier, he served as executive director of the New York State Afterschool Network, where he led policy efforts to link and integrate youth development and expanded learning more effectively with the public education system. Sanjiv began his career as an elementary school teacher in California, Texas, and Mexico. He has worked in school system improvement as a senior associate at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University and as a member of the research team studying the Ford-funded Leadership for a Changing World program while a doctoral student at New York University.

Sanjiv has a PhD in public administration from New York University, a master’s degree in education from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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