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Scott Lan

Job Title
Founder & CEO, Achieving Results by Overcoming Obstacles
Corps Year: 
Corps Region: 
Los Angeles
Alumni Region: 
Bay Area

“After many years of being overlooked by the education reform community, I feel strongly that it is time to ensure AAPIs take an active role in helping shape the future of this movement.”

Scott is the founder and CEO of Achieving Results by Overcoming Obstacles (AROO). AROO is a nonprofit that inspires and challenges at­risk youth to reach their full potential and achieve their most ambitious goals through the sport of Obstacle Course Racing. Utilizing a comprehensive life and leadership skills curriculum and health and wellness program, students acquire the necessary skills to help them succeed inside and outside of the classroom and put them on the path to and through college.

Prior to founding AROO, Scott was a Broad Resident and served as the Director of Business Strategy at the largest charter management organization in Los Angeles. Prior to that, he was a human capital consultant first at TNTP and later with Partners in School Innovation, where he focused on talent and performance management and school and district transformation. Scott was also an Education Pioneers Graduate Fellow, where he streamlined front and back office operations for a high­performing LA charter school.

Scott's career in education began as a corps member, where he taught 6th grade math and science in South Los Angeles. Scott holds a B.A. in business economics from UC Santa Barbara, an M.A. in education from Loyola Marymount University, and an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California.