John Scianimanico is the Director of Special Projects at the Connecticut State Department of Education, where he designs and manages various initiatives to address the adverse impact of the pandemic on student learning and postsecondary attainment. He has ten years of experience spanning education, philanthropy, politics, and government service. He began his career as a high school math and statistics teacher with Teach For America in Huntsville, Alabama, where he developed a passion for economics and public policy. This experience led him to serve in the White House Council of Economic Advisors on the Education and Labor Policy teams. After attending graduate school, John worked on the Results-Driven Government team at Arnold Ventures, a national philanthropy based in Houston, Texas. A veteran of political campaigns, John also led a team as a Regional Organizing Director on the historic Pete Buttigieg campaign in northwest Iowa, where his team won more counties than any other campaign in the region. John graduated from American University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and from the Harvard Kennedy School with a Master in Public Policy. Outside of work, he is an Ensign in the United States Navy Reserves and a competitive CrossFit athlete.