New York, NY


Chief Operating and Programs Officer

School or Organization:

Games for Change

I am a:

non-profit employee

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Short bio or reason for joining Actionable Innovations Global:

Arana joined G4C in 2019 and oversees the organization's day-to-day operations and provides strategic and programmatic support on all learning initiatives. As the former Executive Director of the Institute of Play (IOP), Arana led strategy, development, and operations in addition to major initiatives concerning school design, leadership, and school-based partnerships. She was part of the founding team that opened IOP's flagship project, NYC public school, Quest to Learn, and is co-author of Quest to Learn Growing a School for Digital Kids. She has 20+ years of experience in education and nonprofit management as a teacher, educational technologist, curriculum developer, and organizational leader. Arana received an M.A. in Education from Pepperdine University and a Masters of Education in Leadership for Educational Change from Bank Street College of Education.