Alan Safran

Alan Safran

CEO and co-founder

SAGA Innovations/ dba Saga Education

Alan Safran is Co-Founder, CEO and Chair of the Board of Saga Education, an ed-tech nonprofit founded in 2014 with a mission to accelerate educational equity by supporting low income Black and Latinx students through personalized math instruction embedded in the regular school day. Saga supports states and districts with technical assistance and quality assurance to implement effective tutoring, and provides technological tools to optimize tutoring. Saga serves 7000 students directly and supports 15 states and districts in the US, and consults in the Netherlands. In 2020, Saga was named one of the top 5 most innovative educational companies in the world by Fast Company magazine. Mr. Safran has 30 years of experience in public education, including nine years at the Massachusetts Department of Education where he served as Deputy Commissioner, and twelve years at Match Education in Boston. At Match, in 2004, he helped create the Match Corps, the first of its kind in-school-day high dosage tutoring in a US public school. He then disseminated the model to Houston, Texas; Lawrence, Massachusetts; Chicago, Illinois; and Stamford, Connecticut. In 2014, Mr. Safran joined with AJ Gutierrez – a graduate of Match High School in Boston – to co-found Saga to continue to develop and grow this work. Prior to entering the education field, Mr. Safran was spokesman for two foreign policy committees in the United States Senate; and later served as a senior prosecuting felony attorney in New York