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Ranjini Govender

Government Affairs Director

Ranjini feels fortunate to be given the opportunity to be part of a team so dedicated to ensuring all Massachusetts students receive the public education each and every one of them deserves. Ranjini completed her doctorate degree in Education and Policy at Cornell University where her research focused on the link between federal law and racial make-up of K-12 public schools.  Her previous work experience also includes a 2008 Education Pioneers Fellowship with the District of Columbia Charter School Board. Ranjini was awarded a Bill and Melinda Gates foundation grant, supporting her policy research and analysis on how and why DC Charter Schools experience large student attrition rates. Her work not only focuses on urban education, but includes policy analysis of the unique issues facing rural schools, a topic she researched through an assistantship with the New York State Center for Rural Schools. Perhaps most influential on Ranjini's approach to education reform is her experience working as a classroom history teacher in Chelsea, MA and Syracuse, NY. Ranjini has also advised school districts on legal issues relating to attendance zoning, school restructuring, and student assignment policies. Ranjini is a member of the American Educational Research Association and District of Columbia Bar.

She was born and raised in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York. 

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