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An expert on employing creative strategies to strengthen urban education, LaVerne Srinivasan is the vice president of Carnegie Corporation of New York’s National program and program director for Education. At the Corporation she oversees grantmaking and amplifying activities aimed at engaging parents and communities, improving teaching and leadership for learning, advancing innovative learning environment designs, providing K–12 pathways to college and career success, and fostering integrated approaches to innovation and learning.
Srinivasan joined Carnegie Corporation in 2014, arriving with extensive experience in senior-level leadership roles in the areas of urban district change, nonprofit education reform, and educational technology. Her diverse track record of effective education leadership includes serving as a deputy chancellor of the New York City Department of Education (2003–2006), where, among other accomplishments, she designed and implemented Project Home Run, a strategically redesigned and streamlined system for recruiting, hiring, and placing teachers and school principals that greatly increased the teacher talent available to high-needs schools and which has been replicated nationwide. She next served as president of New Leaders for New Schools, overseeing the organization’s growth and expansion into six new urban school systems. She has also served as president of the education technology company Time to Know, and later cofounded FieroNow, a technology company created to equip education organizations with meaningful and actionable feedback from their stakeholders, and with the data needed to respond.
A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Srinivasan began her career at Shearman and Sterling LLP, rising to general counsel worldwide at BMG Entertainment. She serves on the boards of various non-profits including, the College Promise Campaign, Reach Higher and was a founding member of the Consortium for Policy Research in Education’s task force on Strategic Management of Human Capital. Currently, Srinivasan is a 2018 Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow.