Arlene Sukran

Chief People & Central Operations Officer

As Chief People and Central Operations Officer, Arlene Sukran oversees TNTP’s internal operations and people strategy, including human resources, talent acquisition, staffing, organizational learning, people operations, leadership development, internal communications, and staff engagement.

Previously, Arlene served as Senior Vice President of Central Operations, leading internal business strategy related to infrastructure, talent, organizational learning, technology, enterprise systems, and workforce to ensure TNTP had the appropriate resources to support its employees in delivering TNTP’s consulting model, internal-facing functions, and external services. Prior to this role, Arlene served as Vice President of the Northeast, leading TNTP’s consulting work in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Delaware, Maryland, and Washington D.C., with a focus on helping educators, schools, and school systems expand access to opportunity – doubling TNTP’s footprint in the northeast.

As a Partner, she supported districts in launching initiatives related to teacher development, school transformation efforts, and school leader development. She managed teams in Florida focused on improving access to high-quality instructional materials in all subjects and the implementation of district-wide curriculum, including middle school mathematics implementation at school districts such as Pasco County Schools. As a Director, Arlene coached school leaders and launched an alternative teacher pipeline program to increase access to diverse teachers in the workforce and support teacher shortages—including launching Odessa Pathway to Teaching alongside Ector County ISD.

Prior to joining TNTP, Arlene served in many roles within schools: principal, mentor principal, assistant principal, department chair, and teacher. While serving as campus director (principal) at Uplift Infinity Preparatory,  her school earned six out of seven academic distinctions by the Texas Education Agency, and her staff earned the highest staff satisfaction results in the network. She has also taught teachers at the graduate level at Rosemont College, aspiring teachers at the collegiate level at Dallas Christian College, and graduate students at John Hopkins University. She is an avid public speaker.

Arlene graduated from Yale University with a B.A. and holds an M.S.Ed in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. She also graduated from TNTP’s PhillyPLUS program. She has been an active member of her community, including supporting the Coca-Cola Scholars Program, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and Yale Alumni Schools Committee.

Imali Ariyarathne, seventh-grade teacher at Langston Hughes Academy, stands in front of her students while introducing them to the captivating world of science

Imali Ariyarathne, seventh-grade teacher at Langston Hughes Academy, introduces her students to the captivating world of science.

About TNTP

TNTP is the nation’s leading research, policy, and consulting organization dedicated to transforming America’s public education system, so that every generation thrives.

Today, we work side-by-side with educators, system leaders, and communities across 39 states and over 6,000 districts nationwide to reach ambitious goals for student success.

Yet the possibilities we imagine push far beyond the walls of school and the education field alone. We are catalyzing a movement across sectors to create multiple pathways for young people to achieve academic, economic, and social mobility.

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