Aasimah Navlakhi (she/her/hers) is the Chief Executive Officer of BES, where she previously served as Communications Director and then Chief of Staff. During her time with BES, Aasimah has seen the organization scale considerably, growing its operating budget by 125%, expanding its flagship Fellowship from 12 to 18 school-founders per year, and building out five additional leadership development programs that reach more than 250 leaders annually. Before joining BES, Aasimah led marketing and communications at BNED LoudCloud in Dallas, TX. She began her career as a speech and performance teacher in her hometown of Bangalore, India, where she trained students in the art and science of effective communication. Inspired by the adults in her life who underscored the value of education, hard work, and being open to diverse perspectives, Aasimah earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Politics, and International Studies from Warwick University in Coventry, England, and a Master’s in Journalism from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University in New York. She is a member of Education Leaders of Color and served as a 2017 Education Pioneers fellow. Having experienced firsthand the life-changing power of great schools, Aasimah is committed to ensuring that all students receive an excellent education and have equal opportunities to learn, grow, and thrive.