Alan Arkatov

Alan Arkatov

Senior Advisor to Arizona State University President Michael Crow

Executive Director, ASU Learning Transformation Studios and Center EDGE

Senior fellow, USC Rossier School of Education

Senior fellow, UCLA School of Education and Information Studies

The biggest impact on my life: I was fortunate to have some extraordinary mentors early in my life, among them Allard Lowenstein, Chuck Manatt, Dawn Steel, and Chuck Young. They engaged me and altered my life in ways that I never imagined, and I'll forever be grateful for the wisdom and kindness they bestowed upon me.

Alan is Senior Advisor to ASU President Michael Crow, Executive Director of the ASU Learning Transformation Studios, and a Professor of Practice at the ASU College of Global Futures and Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. Concurrent with his new roles at ASU, Arkatov received appointments as a senior fellow at the USC Rossier School of Education and the UCLA School of Education and Information Studies.

Previously, he was the Founding Director of USC's Center EDGE and the Katzman/Ernst Chair for Educational Entrepreneurship, Technology, and Innovation at USC's Rossier School of Education.

Alan was the President of, CEO of the Teaching Channel, a founding team member and EVP for 2U, and the founder and Chairman of

Alan has guided some of the preeminent communications companies in the U.S., and as a political media consultant, helped produce the ads for over a dozen successful Mayoral, Gubernatorial, U.S. Senate, and Presidential campaigns.

A former California State Board of Education member, Alan was Chair of the California Post-Secondary Education Commission and Los Angeles Information Technology Agency, a U.S. Secretary of Education appointee to the Congressional Web-Based Education Commission, and President of the L.A. Commission for Children, Youth, and Families. 

A happily retired concert violinist/violist and graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Alan resides in Los Angeles with his wife, their Labradoodle, and (minus) their two college-going sons.


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