“Talent is equally distributed, opportunity is not.”

Leila Janah

Chian did not set out to build a career in education. She studied bioengineering at Berkeley and worked in management consulting upon graduation. Three years in, she quit consulting and took a chance on a fellowship through Education Pioneers. This fellowship, which placed her on the data & technology team at an Oakland-based charter school network, opened her eyes to the potential of young minds and the remarkable dedication that each teacher had for their students. From that point on, she knew she wanted to dedicate her career to education. She has since worked in education consulting and impact investing and is excited to now be working alongside a team of educators and entrepreneurs at Reach.

Why Education?

I believe education is a human right and is key to unlocking opportunity for the next generation. When we unlock opportunity for one student, it creates ripple effects for that student’s family, community, and society at large. What contributions might that one student hold for the future?

Little Known Facts

  • Hates cucumbers, but likes pickles and even cucumber water
  • Was hit by a truck (and survived!)
  • Once went 6 days without a shower (climbing Kilimanjaro)
  • Addicted to crosswords
  • Married to an edtech founder


  • EveryDay Labs
  • Guardians Collective
  • Stepful
  • Winnie