Archana Patel

Archana Patel

Senior director, program

Archana Patel truly believes that behind every great teachers is an effective leader — all working so students can grow, learn and thrive. As a former teacher and principal herself, Archana knows the profound impact effective leadership can have on a school and its students, which is what drives her work to build and develop educational leaders.


Starting as a fifth-grade teacher in Newark and a seventh- and eighth-grade teacher in The Bronx, Archana also served as the co-founder and project manager of what became Teach For India. This experience combined with her time as a school leader at KIPP Academy of Opportunity in Los Angeles gave her a unique perspective of how important leadership development is to shape a strong school.

At The Broad Center, Archana leads The Broad Academy’s program team, creating lessons and programs for Academy fellows to hone their skills and gain new knowledge, including the EPEx convenings that Archana helped to coordinate creating a space for educational leaders to come together, share and get feedback on their work.

Prior to joining The Broad Center, Archana was the associate director of talent at KIPP LA, a research assistant at the USC Center on Educational Governance and a human capital summer associate at Deloitte. She earned bachelor’s degrees in English and philosophy from Boston College, a master’s degree in teaching from Fordham University and a master of public policy from the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California.

More about Archana

Do you volunteer in the community? 

Outside of The Broad Center, I am an adult literacy tutor through the Los Angeles Public Library. I work with adults who are functionally illiterate to become better readers and meaningfully improve their everyday lives. This could be anything from passing their driver’s test to getting new jobs to being able to pick out and read books to their grandkids.

What activities were you involved in at school?

In school I was involved in the school newspaper, yearbook, student council, and theater.

Articles by Archana

The Broad Academy Experience, The Broad Center Blog, August 3, 2018

Over the last 15 years, The Broad Academy has helped hundreds of current and aspiring urban school system leaders develop their leadership and accelerate their impact on behalf of the students and families they serve. Check out the work Archana Patel and The Broad Academy team does to create an exceptional experience for our fellows. Read more.

What will I tell my kids?, The Broad Center Blog, June 21, 2018

Archana Patel write this blog post as a story of one mother’s struggle of what she will tell her kids re: the “zero tolerance” immigration policy tearing families apart. Read more.