Abran Maldonado is the Co-Founder of NuSkool. After nearly a decade working in the music and entertainment industry, Abran decided to enter the academy to further explore Hip-Hop, digital media and other aspects of youth culture and their implications on the advancement of 21st century education. Abran was honored by Bill Gates as a Gates Millennium Scholar, an award given to future leaders in the community. He has made the most of the opportunity afforded him through this award and has since received a BS in Communication Arts from St. John's University, an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies in Education from Teachers College of Columbia University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Urban Education at New York University where he is working on developing new research in the field.
Abran is also the Program Director of Positive Entertainment And Creative Education also known as PEACE, an enrichment program that specializes in addressing the needs of underserved youth using a hybrid approach fusing both entertainment and education through professional development, student enrichment and educational research. Known to many in the music industry for his roles in music publishing, artist management as well as an artist himself, he has always maintained a balance between his work in entertainment, education and the community.