Janet Tran serves as the Acting Chief Learning Officer and the Director of the Center for Civics, Education, and Opportunity for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute. She joined the Foundation in 2010 to help design the Foundation's non-partisan civic learning portfolio, answering President Reagan’s call for an “informed patriotism”. With the goal of cultivating the next generation of citizen leaders, the Reagan Foundation Education team delivers award-winning simulations, teacher curriculum, student programming, and grants over one million dollars in scholarships annually.
In 2015, she moved east to establish the Reagan Institute offices in Washington, DC with the launch of Leadership and the American Presidency (LTAP), an experiential accredited leadership program for university students through the lens of the American Presidency. Students spend a semester in Washington, DC interning, learning, and growing as citizen leaders. Most recently, Janet built the Reagan Institute’s Center for Civics, Education, and Opportunity (CCEO) which operates at the nexus of civics and education policy. This work includes launching the inaugural Reagan Institute Summit on Education (RISE) at the 35th anniversary of the seminal report, A Nation at Risk. The RISE initiative now brings cross-sector, bipartisan leaders together to examine and elevate the national conversation around education in America.
Janet serves on the Board of Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE), as a Senior Advisor to the Campus Election Engagement Project, and the Advisory Board of the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE)
Janet’s civic mission began as a teacher-leader at John C. Fremont High School and Camino Nuevo Charter Academy in South Los Angeles. Janet earned her BA from The University of California, Los Angeles, and her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction at California State University, Northridge. She earned her Doctorate in Education Learning Technologies at Pepperdine University.