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Iishwara Ryaru, Ed.D.

Director, Continuous Improvement

Iishwara Ryaru

Dr. Iishwara (Iish) Ryaru is the Director of Continuous Improvement for the CCEE. In this role, Ryaru oversees statewide and regional initiatives that focus on building the capacity of educators and education stakeholders.

Before his time with the CCEE, Dr. Ryaru served as a Senior Engagement Manager and Senior Program Associate in the Comprehensive School Assistance Program at WestEd. While at WestEd, he also served as Accountability System Liaison for California State Board of Education (SBE) staff, supported California Department of Education (CDE) capacity building initiatives, and provided a range of services to county offices of education and school districts.

Dr. Ryaru has also worked as the Director of Assessment, Accountability, and Specialized Programs and oversaw the Accountability Department at the Novato Unified School District.

Before moving into district administration, Dr. Ryaru opened Nexus Academy Community Day School and served as the school’s principal. He also served as an assistant principal at Novato High School and San Marin High School, and as a social studies teacher at San Rafael High School.

Dr. Ryaru holds a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of California, Davis, Master of Arts degree in educational administration from San Francisco State University, Master of Arts degree in teaching and a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Phone: (916) 619-7490