Program Profiles
Hrag Manuel Hamalian

Current Title
Chief Executive Officer
Current Organization
Bright Star Schools

The Broad Academy 2019-2020


Hrag Manuel Hamalian believes that schools should be community hubs providing holistic, inclusive support for all students to achieve academic excellence and grow their unique talents. As chief executive officer of Bright Star Schools, he has strategically grown the organization from four to nine schools, creating community-based school clusters that provide TK-12 education for 3,400 students in three unique neighborhoods of Los Angeles. Under Hrag’s leadership, the BSS team has built professional development, created wellness and sustainability initiatives for teachers resulting in over 85 percent retention year over year, increased alumni college persistence rates in two- and four-year colleges to 86 percent, and built numerous partnerships within the communities they serve.

More about Hrag Manuel Hamalian

Growing an Innovation Mindset: 4 Ways to Begin, The Broad Center Blog, September 4, 2019

Read about how current Broad Academy Fellow, Hrag Hamalian, is working with partners to bring design thinking to youth. Read more.

Current Title
Chief Executive Officer
Current Organization
Bright Star Schools