Indi Ekanayake

Indi is a proud School Design Partner at Transcend, supporting schools in their journeys to center social-emotional learning (SEL) and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) at the core of their practice. Prior to joining Transcend, Indi was a Program Manager at Mayerson Academy in Cincinnati, Ohio, coaching schools and youth-facing nonprofits in the implementation of strengths-based SEL programming.

He was a founding science teacher and Dean of Instruction at Rainier Prep in Seattle, supporting the school in developing science curricula, implementing restorative practices, and developing protocols for everything from peer mediation to innovative nonprofit partnerships. He also has experience with teacher coaching and high school science instruction at Teach For America and Sankofa Freedom Academy in Philadelphia.

Indi has a MS.Ed. in Urban Education from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Health Management from The Ohio State University.

Outside of work, Indi is the co-founder of Prosocial Supper Club, a monthly dinner series that raises money for local nonprofits in multiple cities around the country. Additionally, he serves on the boards of WordPlay Cincinnati, Design Impact, and Groundwork Ohio River Valley. In his spare time he loves likes hanging out with his wife Jess and daughter Lucy, snuggling his pets, and running through his beloved neighborhood of Madisonville.


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