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Managing Director of Innovation

Sagar Desai is managing director of innovation at StriveTogether. He is a continuous learner who brings more than 15 years of experience in improving education and economic mobility outcomes, having worked with nonprofits, for-profits and NGOs in start-up, scaling and sustaining roles.

Previously, Sagar was a senior consultant with Ballmer Group, where he built and executed a national strategy to attract and prepare more racially diverse and proximate leaders to work in community partnerships, investing $35 million in national organizations.

Prior to Ballmer Group, Sagar served as a managing director and COO for the Commit Partnership in Dallas. The Partnership is the largest educational intermediary in the country: a coalition of more than 200 organizations serving 750,000 students. In 2019, Sagar launched a statewide campaign to systemically reform how Texas funds public education, resulting in a $6.5 billion increased investment in public education. In addition, he has incubated and scaled regional coalitions to systemically and equitably improve educational outcomes, helping to ensure that every student has an effective educator (Best in Class) and that every student graduates college and career ready (Dallas County Promise).

Sagar received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering.

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share how one of StriveTogether’s core values is important to you.

Racial equity. That’s the work we all have to do. There have been smart people working on economic mobility for decades, and while there have been pockets of success, that success is not sustained or is limited to few communities. A focus on racial equity and social justice is a new model that could truly transform systems and shift power to those who we seek to serve.

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