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Aaron Townsend

Senior Associate

Aaron Townsend has been an educational leader and innovator for over 20 years with the goal of transforming educational outcomes for underserved students and communities. Aaron started his career in the classroom in Karasu, Kazakstan as a Peace Corps Volunteer, and since that time, he has been a teacher, school leader, and district leader in Maine and California. Aaron was the founding principal of Coliseum College Prep Academy in Oakland, CA. Under his leadership, CCPA was transformed from a low performing middle school into one of the leading secondary schools in the city. Following his time at CCPA, Aaron supported the transformation of four district middle schools through the district’s Office of School Transformation. Based on the educator effectiveness work launched through this office, Aaron joined the district human resources division to transform it into a Talent Development Division that finds, keeps, and grows extraordinary adults for Oakland students and families. Aaron served as the Deputy Chief of Talent Management and was responsible for the development of new teacher and school leader evaluation systems in addition to other talent strategy. Most recently, Aaron has leveraged these varied experiences to support school transformation across California and Massachusetts as a Senior Consultant with Pivot Learning. Aaron’s combination of school design and talent development work anchors his beliefs about how we produce transformative results: powerful, innovative school designs with educators who have the capacity to enact them.

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