Arielle Rittvo Kinder


Arielle Rittvo Kinder is a Partner with Transcend leading our Strategic Partnership efforts.  Prior to joining Transcend, Arielle spent two decades working in the charter and philanthropic sectors to support the launch of new and innovative school models. 

Arielle began her work in public education in 1999 as a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs.  Through her projects at Coro, she had the opportunity to work at New Visions for Public Schools to support the launch of their first charter school resource center.  She went on to work at Open Society Foundation, supporting public fund development for out of school time. 

Arielle joined KIPP Southern California in 2006, as the founding Chief Operations Officer. She worked to grow the region from two to seven schools. At KIPP, she led the talent, human resources, compliance, technology, and site operations functions.  In 2011, Arielle joined Rocketship Education as the VP of Strategy and Operations. There she was responsible for leading the growth to new regions and developing their replication strategies and structures.

Arielle left the charter sector in 2013 and began working in philanthropy. She started as a consultant to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supporting the launch of their Next Gen Systems Initiative, a program to fund the launch of blended and personalized learning schools within districts. 

In 2013, Arielle joined NewSchools Venture Fund as a Partner on the Innovative Schools team. At NewSchools, she was responsible for leading the design and implementation of their new school and redesign effort efforts. 

Arielle received her BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and son. 


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