Leadership and Staff

Kavitha Mediratta Chief Strategy Advisor for Equity Initiatives and Human Capital Development

Kavitha Mediratta is currently Chief Strategy Advisor for Equity Initiatives and Human Capital Development at The Atlantic Philanthropies. She served previously as head of Atlantic’s racial equity programs, and led its strategic grantmaking to address the racially-biased effects of zero tolerance school disciplinary policies on children’s educational attainment that brought national attention to end the school-to-prison pipeline.

Prior to Atlantic, Ms. Mediratta led the education program at the New York Community Trust, and co-chaired the Donors Education Collaborative, a multi-year joint donor initiative to promote systemic reform of the New York City public schools.

Ms. Mediratta founded and directed programs in school reform organizing and applied research at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform of Brown University and the Institute for Education and Social Policy at New York University. She has authored numerous publications, including the ground-breaking book on community-driven reform, Community Organizing for Stronger Schools: Strategies and Successes, and her writing and commentary on racial equity and educational opportunity have appeared in The Huffington Post, Education Week, Time Magazine, National Civic Review and other blogs and media outlets. She has taught in elementary and middle schools in New Jersey, Chicago and India, and serves on the board of several local and national organizations.

Ms. Mediratta holds a B.A. from Amherst College, a Masters of Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College and a Doctorate in Philosophy from New York University.

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Recent Writings & Media

Inequalities in School Discipline, Palgrave Macmillan

> Philanthropy’s Role in Promoting Positive Approaches to School Discipline, American Educator

> From Social Movement to Social Change: Philanthropy and School Discipline Reform, Inside Philanthropy

> Bringing Everyone to the Table to Eradicate School Discipline Disparities, VUE

> Schools Must Abandon Zero-Tolerance Discipline, Education Week

> How Our Schools Are Holding Black Girls Back, Time

> Rethinking School Discipline for Better Opportunities, Huffington Post

> Reforming School Discipline Policies to Improve Children’s Success, Grantmakers In Health

> First, Do No Harm, Voices in Education, the Harvard Education Publishing blog

> NYC’s Action on School Discipline Moves Closer to Just EducationPhilanthropy New York