Akash Tharani

National Leadership Team – National

Akash Tharani

Director of Equity

As the Director of Equity at iMentor, Akash oversees the design and implementation of iMentor’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work and provides strategic thought partnership on DEI initiatives across the organization.

Prior to iMentor, Akash worked as the Manager of Leadership Initiatives at DC Public Schools. While at DCPS, he focused on ensuring equitable practices to support the recruitment, development, and retention of educators and school leaders that reflected the diversity of the city's student population. Prior to his time with DCPS, he served as a Trainer and Career Program Manager at the Posse Foundation, where he supported the success of students at seven colleges and universities nationally, as well as local alumni.

Akash started his career teaching high school math in Chicago. It was this experience that activated his passion for working in the intersectionality of educational equity and racial justice. Akash is a graduate of Boston College with a B.A. in Mathematics, as well as a graduate from National Louis University with an M.A. in Secondary Education.