February 5, 2018

Education Advocate and Nonprofit Leader Tanya Ramos Appointed CEO of Pencils of Promise

New York, NY, February 5, 2018:  Pencils of Promise (PoP) announced today the appointment of non-profit leader and education advocate Tanya Ramos as Chief Executive Officer, effective February 12, 2018.  Building on PoP’s most successful year of growth to date, Tanya will lead PoP into its next season of achieving its mission to bring quality education to every child.

Over the past two decades, Tanya has devoted her career to improving educational opportunities and life outcomes for young people in the most low-resourced communities. With a track record of growing organizations in key leadership roles at Education Pioneers and The Children’s Aid Society, she has served as a tireless advocate for educational equity.

“I’m honored to be appointed CEO of Pencils of Promise and continue their life-changing work for children globally,” said Ramos. “Working together with our dedicated global team, board and donors, I know we can uphold the promise of quality education for every child.”

"PoP was looking for a powerful leader with the experience to build on our record of digital education innovation, deepen programmatic impact and expand our powerful work reaching over 75,000 children globally," said Meighan Stone, Executive Chairwoman of PoP. "We know in Tanya, we have found the right leader to take our mission forward."

Founded in 2008, PoP is for-purpose organization dedicated to increasing access to quality education for children in the developing world. PoP works with communities Laos, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Ghana to build schools, train teachers and create digital learning programs.

Prior to joining Pencils of Promise, Tanya was the Chief Regional Officer at Education Pioneers, an organization devoted to increasing the talent supply of top leaders in education.  She previously served as Executive Director of Literacy Inc. and as Senior Manager of Strategic Corporate Partnerships at The Taproot Foundation, in addition to key leadership roles at ASPIRA and the Children’s Aid Society.  Tanya has been honored with the Annie E. Casey Foundation Award for exemplary work in underserved communities and received her Master of Science in Urban Policy and Management from New School University.

“This milestone year is an exciting point in PoP’s journey as we approach our 10th Anniversary,” said Adam Braun, PoP founder and emeritus member of PoP’s Board of Directors. “Tanya is an exceptional leader with incredible experience growing teams and scaling impact.  As we look to break ground on our 500th school and reach close to 100,000 students next year, we know Tanya’s vision will help PoP realize the potential of even more children globally.”

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