MEET MOHAN! ACTIVIST. HIP-HOP ARTIST. OUR NEW CEO.
Mohan Sivaloganathan is an innovative advocate by day, political hip-hop artist by night. He joins SFER after making moves as the Northeast Executive Director of The Mission Continues and Chief Development Officer at Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services.
As a social impact leader, speaker, writer, and performer, he's partnered with Fast Company, Good is the New Cool, the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers, #besomebody, the Synergos Institute, and social innovation schools at leading U.S. universities ... just to name a few!
Led game-changing initiatives at Teach for America, Citizen Schools, and Obama for America!
Graduated Penn State University with a BA in Electrical Engineering and an MBA
Was named a “40 Under 40 Rising Star" in the New York nonprofit community and a "Next Generation Leader" by the Human Services Council
Did we mention he's got some videogame skills, too?
Mohan has gained a reputation as the "Troublemaker in Chief" through his track record in social innovation. His impact spans a wide range of causes, such as education, juvenile justice reform, civic engagement, mental health, and violence prevention. Prior to joining SFER, Mohan held leadership roles at The Mission Continues, Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services, Citizen Schools, and Teach For America.
Mohan's journey was made possible by his parents, who immigrated to the United States from Sri Lanka. Their work ethic and sacrifice not only equipped Mohan with opportunity, but also a relentless fire to level the playing field to ensure opportunity for all.
Mohan was once described as, "having the flow of a socially conscious Eminem...and ability of Common." He channels the universal power of hip hop music to fuel movements for social change.
Mohan doesn't look at the state of the inequity in our country with dismay. Rather, he looks forward with a profound sense of optimism, fueled by the emerging voices of students who are converting their smarts, experience, and audacity into real change.
Above all, Mohan is the proud father of Lucian aka Space Baby; a dedicated husband, son, brother, and friend; a passionate fan of NBA basketball, video games, superheroes, and sci-fi epics; and wields an ever expanding arsenal of movie and TV quotes.
"I’m grateful for the opportunity to lead an audacious and inspiring force of students who are channeling their experiences and voices toward revolutionary change in their schools and communities.
As the son of immigrant parents who saved every nickel and dime they had so I could have a better life, I understand the transformative impact a high quality education can have on a child’s life trajectory.
We know that the American Dream increasingly feels like a fleeting possibility for too many people, so it’s time to amplify the voices of students who are the authentic messengers of the change we desire.”