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ACT Names Ranjit Sidhu as Chief Strategy Officer

Sidhu will lead development, implementation, and coordination of enterprise organizational strategy

IOWA CITY, Iowa — ACT, the nonprofit learning organization and provider of college and career readiness assessments, has appointed Ranjit Sidhu as the organization’s inaugural Chief Strategy Officer.

“I look forward to Ranjit rejoining ACT and its leadership team to execute ACT’s global strategy for supporting education and workplace success,” said ACT CEO Janet Godwin. “He is a dynamic leader with a proven record of enhancing social impact and organizational growth and a passionate fighter for fairness in education.”

“Since its founding, ACT has opened doors for many students who never imagined themselves on a college campus and supported generations of young people as they navigated life’s transitions by ensuring they had the knowledge and skills they needed to succeed,” Sidhu said. “I am excited and honored to rejoin ACT’s leadership team and expand the organization’s strategy for helping future generations achieve education and workplace success.”

As CSO, Sidhu will lead development of ACT’s inclusive strategic plan and strategy by collaborating with the leadership team, board, and CEO; drive the cross-functional creation and implementation of ACT’s strategy based on market trends; ensure alignment of long-term trends and short-term needs; and maintain business model innovation. He will report to ACT CEO Janet Godwin.

Sidhu is a widely respected nonprofit leader who has focused his career on creating strategies for improving student success, particularly for students from low-income communities and underserved populations.

Most recently, Sidhu was ASCD's CEO and Executive Director. Prior to ASCD, Sidhu served as president and CEO of the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP), the national organization for the GEAR UP program. He also served as Senior Vice President at both the College Board and ACT, where he focused in the areas of K-12 and postsecondary education, and workforce development.

Early in his career, Sidhu was a high school social studies teacher in the Washington, D.C., and Prince George's County, Md., public school districts. He holds master's degrees from The George Washington University and the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor's degree from the University of Mary Washington.


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