October 20, 2021
Koya partnered with One Million Degrees on the appointment of Aneesh Sohoni as Chief Executive Officer. Sohoni is a proven leader in education, committed to expanding economic opportunities for community college students.
One Million Degrees (OMD) accelerates community college students’ progress on career pathways to economic mobility. OMD is the only organization in Illinois and one of few in the country dedicated to providing comprehensive supports to low-income, highly motivated community college students to help them succeed in school, in work, and in life.
Sohoni is the child of immigrants and was compelled to begin his career in education because of the meaningful role access to educational opportunity played in his family’s life. He started as a high school English teacher. It was his experience working with his students that brought to life for Sohoni the limitless potential of students and the need to ensure all students had access to opportunities to meet their potential.
Since leaving the classroom, Sohoni worked in the public and nonprofit sector supporting education reform efforts at a city and state level. This includes his time at the Tennessee Department of Education where he played a major role in the design and implementation of the state’s transformative teacher evaluation system and at TNTP (formerly The New Teacher Project), where he supported human capital and academic reform efforts in Camden, NJ and Boston, MA.
Most recently, Sohoni served as the Executive Director for Teach For America in Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana for nearly six years. He was previously named to Forbes 30 under 30 for education, is a 2019 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow, a member of The Economic Club of Chicago, and serves on the board of Teach For India – U.S.
Read the press release here: One Million Degrees Selects Aneesh Sohoni as CEO.