A.J. Nagaraj is a senior research consultant with EAB, where he focuses on new market and product development in the K-12 public education sector. Prior to entering this role in 2016, he led the launch of the Independent School Executive Forum, a program now serving over 75 independent schools in over 20 states.
Before launching initiatives in the K-12 education sector for EAB, A.J. was a member of EAB's Advancement Forum, for which he conducted best practice research on fundraiser performance management. He has also led research projects on the attitudes and behaviors associated with top performance among major gift officers and managed an advancement investment and performance benchmarking initiative for 10 private research universities.
Prior to joining EAB, A.J. worked in human capital strategy roles at Teach For America's National Office and the central office of the District of Columbia Public Schools. As a member of the Teach For America – Hawai'i charter corps, he also taught Modern Hawaiian History and U.S. History for two years at Wai'anae High School on the Leeward Coast of O'ahu. A.J.'s higher education experience includes time spent conducting institutional research at Harvard Business School.
A.J. holds a master of education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where his studies focused on education leadership and policy analysis and he conducted research on the International Baccalaureate Diploma program—of which he is an alumnus—as well as Asian Americans and education. Before enrolling at Harvard for graduate studies, A.J. received his bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California, where he studied political science and business administration.