Archana Patel is the senior director of The Broad Academy, where she serves as a program designer, team lead, and coach for the Academy fellowship, serving current and aspiring superintendents from across the nation’s largest school systems. She previously led the development of a portfolio of collaborative learning experiences for alumni and partners of Broad Center programs to facilitate continued growth in the field.
Archana’s work at The Broad Center is informed by a long career on the ground in K-12 public education. Her time as a turnaround school principal at KIPP Academy of Opportunity in Los Angeles, California gave her a unique perspective of the value of developing leaders throughout the system. Prior to being a school leader, she taught middle school English language arts and history in both the Bronx, New York, and Newark, New Jersey. She made a pit stop in India along the way, serving as the co-founder and project manager of what has now become Teach For India.
She has had a range of interim experiences, including serving as the associate director of talent at KIPP Los Angeles, a research assistant at the University of Southern California Center on Educational Governance and a human capital summer associate at Deloitte. She earned bachelor’s degrees in English and philosophy from Boston College, a master’s degree in teaching from Fordham University, and a master of public policy degree from the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California.