Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer
Paymon Rouhanifard is the co-founder and CEO of Propel America, an organization that empowers young adults with the skills, experiences, credentials, and social networks necessary to transition from high school diploma to a good job with career mobility.
Previously, he served as the superintendent of Camden, New Jersey from 2013 to 2018 where he helped lead improvements in student outcomes, reductions in out-of-school suspensions, stronger family engagement, and critical capital investments in school facilities.
Rouhanifard started his career in New York City as a 6th grade teacher in West Harlem and went on to work in the central office of the New York City Department of Education. Prior to that, Rouhanifard worked as an investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs and a private equity associate.
He serves as an appointed member of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Paymon holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.