Kunjan Narechania is a proven systems leader who has devoted her 20-year career to offering all children the high-quality education they deserve. A key architect of one of America’s most powerful school improvement stories, Narechania served as a top leader at the Louisiana Department of Education and as CEO of the Louisiana Recovery School District. Through those experiences, she sharpened her leadership in a range of areas including large-system management, instruction, operations, and policy.
As CEO of the RSD, a system of 45,000 students, she led the design and execution of the state-run district’s strategy in New Orleans, including a first-of-its-kind unification with the local school system. During her time, a Stanford University study listed New Orleans among the top 10 cities nationwide for student growth from 2012-2017. She also served as the Assistant State Superintendent of School Improvement at the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) where she designed and managed Louisiana’s statewide plan to grow student achievement in its 500 lowest-performing schools under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
Narechania was previously Vice President of Teacher Support and Development at Teach For America after serving in leadership capacities in Teach for America Chicago-Northwest Indiana and Teach for America Eastern North Carolina. She began her career as a sixth grade math and science teacher in Durham, North Carolina.